March 2016 NAPgA Newsletter

Some exciting updates in this newsletter!
  • InformaRendy_6:26.10tion on NAPgA’s recent court win with links to important articles
  • A word from the president about how your membership dues contribute toward keeping public land access open to packgoats
  • Information on the website update and restructuring of NAPgA’s membership classes
  • Article about getting positive PR with the USFS in the Brider-Teton NF near the Wind River Range with information about possible trail maintenance opportunities

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Articles about NAPgA’s Court Win

Casper Star Tribune – “Judge holds Forest Service in contempt over Wyoming goat and sheep ban”

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An Idaho federal judge found the U.S. Forest Service in contempt of court Tuesday, concluding the Forest Service used a flawed study as the basis to ban domestic sheep and goats from some of its lands…. full article.

Jackson Hole News & Guide – “Goatpackers Score Win Over Shoshone”

High-ranking federal officials are being held in contempt of court for using invalidated reports to support a Shoshone National Forest prohibition against packgoats…. full article.

Capital Press – “Idaho Judge Holds Forest Service, Top Leaders in Contempt”

BOISE — An Idaho federal judge has held U.S. Forest Service Director Tom Tidwell, his agency and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in contempt of court for ignoring his 2009 order against heeding conclusions of a questionable report on disease transmission from domestic sheep to wild bighorn sheep…. full article.

NAPgA Wins Important Court Battle

Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of the Forest Service Held in Contempt of Court for Use of Illegal Reports on Disease Transmission from Livestock to Bighorn Sheep

Article by Andy Irvine

On February 23, 2016, Chief Judge B. Lynn WiRufus, my packgoat, after climbing 4000' and covering 9 miles of trail. Ben Lomond Peak is the location.nmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho held the Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of the United States Forest Service (“Forest Service”) in contempt of court for relying on two illegal reports on disease transmission from livestock to bighorn sheep. The reports were used in the Shoshone National Forest’s recent Land Management Plan (LMP) revision to ban domestic sheep and goats from the Shoshone. The Shoshone National Forest covers nearly 2.5 million acres in northwest Wyoming….

 Click here to read the complete article!

 

PACKGOAT RESEARCH Needs Your Participation

Finn_EarsTo all concerned citizens of the packgoat community: please read the following summary of an ADRU* research project to screen packgoats throughout the United States for pathogens and how you can participate. For packgoats it involves 3 serial nasal swabs and one blood test.

We strongly believe that without packgoat participation in this ADRU project we will continue to lose our access with packgoats on Public Lands.There is little hope without your participation.

Purpose: Collect nasal and eye swabs from packgoats across the United States to screen for presence of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae and agents associated with “pink eye”.

Justification: Packgoat use on public lands defined as bighorn sheep habitat is being prohibited across the Western United States.  This prohibition is based on the potential that packgoats can carry a primary bacterial agent associated with bighorn sheep pneumonia, and pinkeye. In order to understand the prevalence and distribution of the bacteria of concern as well as to get a significant number of packgoats tested, NAPgA request packgoat owners from across the United States participate.  While this may not directly impact packgoat owners outside of bighorn sheep habitat, the implications of placing limitations on public land use without justification impacts us all by limiting the rights of individuals.  Beyond that, identifying carrier goats and distribution of the pathogens M. ovipneumoniae (Movi), and Chlamydia spp. (pink eye), may lead to future investigations into potential ways to clear reservoir goats of these pathogens.

There are two suggested protocols:
1.     The first is for packgoat owners that use or live in the Western US where bighorn sheep live. This involves 3 consecutive monthly nasal swabs, one blood test, and one eye swab2.     The second protocol is for packgoats outside of, or never brought into, states that are home to bighorn sheep. This involves a single point nasal swabs, eye swab, and blood test.

Please Note: All costs will be covered by ADRU to perform this prevalence/surveillance study, including veterinary charges (if applicable), supplies, shipping, and testing. All we need at this point are names, address, and number of goats. For questions see attached documents, contact Charlie Jennings, NAPgA President 435-764-1111, or vigilguy@gmail.com . To request copies of sample research documents or to participate email Nancy Clough, NAPgA Member at idahonancy@roadrunner.com  208-699-2702

What will the outcome be if this project goes forward?
The end goal will be to publish this M. ovipneumoniae prevalence data in a peer-reviewed journal (possible venues: JAVMA or Small Ruminant Research). This is a good way to not only compile our packgoat data, but to also make it accessible and referenceable for the US Forest Service Land Management Revision Teams who are making decisions to deny access to packgoats on public lands.
*Animal Disease Research Unit-ARS-USDA (Pullman, WA)

Important Links:
– Owner Information, Survey, and Goat ID form
– Sample Consent Form for Packgoat Participants
– Frequently Asked Questions
– PDF Download of Above Posted Overview

November 2015 NAPgA Newsletter

WaterCrossingClick HERE to download the November 2015 NAPgA Newsletter.

Articles include: 

  • Cascade Packgoat Club annual beach cleanup
  • Update on the Shoshone NF closure
  • New information on the bacteria that causes Bighorn Sheep pneumonia and how this relates to packgoats
  • The latest on the Blue Mountain Forest proposed closure
  • Cascade Packgoat Club Rendezvous
  • Recipe for chocolate chunk pumpkin seed cookies. Yum!

Blue Mountains Forest Plan Meeting Tues. 11/10

44Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision to discuss whether or not to allow packgoats. Please attend if you can!

Tues., Nov. 10, 2015
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(doors open at 10:30)
Technical Pack Goat Meeting
Blue Mtns. National Forests
Pendleton Convention Center
1601 Westgate
Pendleton, Oregon 97801

THIS MEETING WILL ONLY BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT PACKGOATS!  IT’S OUR CHANCE TO SIT DOWN AND DISCUSS THE ISSUES WITHOUT INTERRUPTIONS FROM OTHER INTERESTED GROUPS.

Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Documents:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprd3792957

2015 NAPgA Rendezvous

Let’s gather and celebrate Goat-Packing!

North American Pack Goat Association NAPgA Rendezvous Thursday June 25-Sunday June 28

Who: Pack goat enthusiasts of all ages, goats welcome too! Dogs allowed if kept under control at all times.
Dates: Thursday June 25-Sunday June 28
Cost: Free! Donations to NAPgA gladly accepted.
Location: 11 miles north of Island Park Idaho, and 3.4 miles west off Highway 20. Google Maps link: 2015 Rendezvous location
Camping/access: This is a primitive camping area. No hookups. Restrooms (portable outhouses) will be provided. There is no running water, some will be provided for humans and goats, or you can bring your own. This is a large flat open area with lots of pine trees and camping sites. Access is good for cars, trailers and RVs (gravel road). There is plenty of goat browse. Weed free hay is also available, must notify http://kentdaniels@msn.com ahead of time. Firewood can be gathered adjacent to the camping area. THIS IS BEAR COUNTRY! Please see link for camping and food storage in Bear Country: Bear Ethics
Other Lodging Available: Red Rock RV Park (hookups), Drift Lodge, Island Park Village, Macks Inn, all within 10 miles
Typical Weather: daytime highs in the 70s, nighttime lows in the 30s.
Cell phone service: (ATT and Verizon) available
Nearby Amenities: Island Park (11 miles) has gas, groceries, ice
Island Park Amenities
Highlights:
NAPgA Country Store/Auction–This is a good opportunity to support the biggest fund raiser for the NAPgA as well as get some cool items and pack gear for a great price. Donations will be gladly accepted! To donate items, contact: http://kentdaniels@msn.com
Featured speakers, John Mionczynski, “Father of Goat-Packing.” Also Dr. Maggie Highland will be presenting her latest research findings regarding disease transmission between domestic sheep and bighorn sheep and the implications for goat-packing.
Educational sessions–proper packing techniques, goat care, backpacking and goat-packing tips and tricks, and more!
Preregister by emailing http://kentdaniels@msn.com with # of humans and # of goats. Contact phone after 4PM Mountain time: 208-351-7111

Tentative 2015 Rendezvous Schedule will be updated as more details emerge

  • June 25 Thursday–Registration. On own or a local hike. Maps available.
    5PM-6PM NAPgA Country Store open, (proceeds benefit NAPgA) stop in and buy some cool stuff!
  • June 26 Friday–Registration continues
    9AM-4PM Work project, Clear 4 miles of trail (Downed trees and brush) from Sawtell peak road to Rock Creek Basin.
    4PM-6PM Country Store open (proceeds benefit NAPgA) stop in and buy some cool stuff!
    6PM Social Hour/Potluck Dinner/Potluck Dessert?
    Guest Speaker (tentative): Dr. Maggie Highland, Agricultural Research Station Washington State University. Domestic – Bighorn Sheep Interface. Problem Overview and Research.
    7PM-9PM Country Store open(proceeds benefit NAPgA) stop in and buy some cool stuff!
    7:30 pm Evening speaker  Randy Gravatt-Naturalist , Wolf & Grizzly Discovery in West Yellowstone. Bears & wolves/bear spray demonstration
  • June 27 Saturday
    Breakfast
    12 PM-2PM, 4PM-6PM Country Store open
    Goat Weighing
    Games–games, obstacle course, “bonded goat.” Prize to who can collect the most trash
    Classes–hoof trimming, GPS, map/compass navigation. Dehydrating food for backpacking. Making natural cordage from dogbane. Forest Service wildlife trailer, bear claws and paws and animal skins
    6 PM Potluck Dinner/Auction of unsold items from Country Store
    7 PM Speaker John Mionczynski, Author of “The Pack Goat.”
  • June 28 Sunday–
    Breakfast, pack up,clean up

Special Offer! NAPgA Tshirt, only $25. Show up to the Rendezous making the ultimate “fashion statement! Big Grin For more info, contact Charlie Jennings http://vigilguy@gmail.com

North American Packgoat Association