Sand Wash Advocate Team

an on the range program of the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary

The Sand Wash Advocate Team


Who is SWAT and what do we do?

SWAT is an on-the-range project of the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary and was formed in 2012, recognizing a need to organize the energy and efforts of individuals and groups in supporting the Sand Wash Basin (SWB) land and wild horses. SWAT is 100% volunteer-driven. Volunteers perform all of our administrative work, planning and coordination, field work, research, data collection and analyses, marketing and Internet activities. Financial support for this program is provided through our memberships. 100% of every dollar received goes towards advancing SWAT’s mission to, as citizen stewards, support the Sand Wash Basin land and wild horses in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management.  Four core goals support this mission: herd documentation, herd population management, range support, and education/marketing/promotion.

What are SWAT member benefits? 

  • Each SWAT member will receive: an official membership card, a SWAT member t-shirt, plus different promotional items depending on the level of membership you choose.

  • Quarterly member meetings will take place both in the Boulder/Denver area, as well as in Craig, CO. We want to hear your ideas and as a group, we’ll form committees to get them implemented! Dates will be announced to members via email. 
  • Participate in our yearly SWAT Member Rendezvous in Sand Wash Basin, a very fun event where we gather to tackle a special on-the-range project, participate in a tour of the range and horses of Sand Wash with our range experts, plus special presentations by BLM staff, share stories over a BBQ dinner and camp out if you’d like!

Where do the membership fees/donations to SWAT go?

All contributions go directly to the cost of program operations, which includes:

  • educational information printing costs- brochures, flyers, range guides, etc
  • community event entry fees
  • supplies for gatherings, range clean-ups and meetings
  • supporting those members that choose to assist with herd documentation and management, through mileage reimbursement
  • sponsoring those members that choose to go through dart training certification through The Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana
  • supporting those members that are on the range assisting the BLM with fertility control efforts
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herd documentation

collecting & recording information to understand the configuration, evolution & condition of the SWB wild horses

population management

researching & assisting the BLM with herd population management options to maintain a sustainable environment and healthy herds

range support

supporting the BLM with special range projects, such as clean up days, forage monitoring and fence line evaluations


Join the SWAT team.

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Being a SWAT member is fun, educational and makes a difference for the Sand Wash Basin land and wild horses. Join SWAT today and enjoy member benefits. Membership fees begin at $30

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acres of land where the horses of SWB roam
appropriate management level
current wild horse population in SWB
volunteer efforts of SWAT team members

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