Nominations Open for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Nominations Open for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Nominations are sought to fill vacancies in the following categories of interest: wild horse and burro advocacy, veterinary medicine, and public interest (with special knowledge of protection of wild horses and burros).

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that it is seeking public nominations over a 45-day period to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

To be considered for appointment, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by Oct. 14 or postmarked by the same date. The BLM announced its formal request for nominations in the Aug. 29 Federal Register.

Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: wild horse and burro advocacy, veterinary medicine (equine science), and public interest (with special knowledge of protection of wild horses and burros, management of wildlife, animal husbandry, or natural resource management).

The board advises the BLM (an agency of the Department of Interior) and the U.S. Forest Service (an agency of the Department of Agriculture) on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by those agencies. The board generally meets twice a year and the BLM director can call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.

The advisory board comprises nine members who represent a balance of interests. Each member has knowledge or special expertise that qualifies him or her to provide advice in one of the following categories: wild horse and burro advocacy; wild horse and burro research; veterinary medicine; natural resources management; humane advocacy; wildlife management; livestock management; public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior); and public interest (with special knowledge of protection of wild horses and burros, management of wildlife, animal husbandry, or natural resource management).

Individuals shall qualify to serve on the board because of their education, training, or experience that enables them to give informed and objective advice regarding the interest they represent. They should demonstrate experience or knowledge of the area of their expertise and a commitment to collaborate in seeking solutions to resource management issues.

Any individual or organization can nominate one or more persons to serve on the advisory board, and individuals can also nominate themselves. In accordance with Section 7 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the board.

For those interested, please submit a nomination letter and full resume. The following information must be provided:

  • The position(s) for which the nominee wants to be considered;
  • The nominee’s first, middle, and last name;
  • Business and home addresses and phone numbers:
  • Email address;
  • Present occupation/title and employer;
  • Education (colleges, degrees, major field of study);
  • Career highlights;
  • Qualifications (including relevant education, training, and experience);
  • Experience or knowledge of wild horse and burro management;
  • Experience or knowledge of horses or burros (equine health, training, and management); and
  • Experience in working with disparate groups to achieve collaborative solutions.

Applicants must also indicate any BLM permits, leases, or licenses held by the nominee or his/her employer; indicate whether the nominee is a federally registered lobbyist; and explain why the nominee wants to serve on the board. Also, at least one letter of reference from special interests or organizations the nominee might represent must be provided.

Nominations can be submitted by email, fax, or regular mail. Email nominations to stbohl@blm.gov. Send them via the U.S. Postal Service to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, N.W., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Sarah Bohl WO-260, Washington, D.C. 20240. Send nominations by FedEx or UPS to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street, S.E., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Sarah Bohl, Washington, D.C., 20003. Or, fax them to Bohl at 202/912-7182. For answers to questions, please call Bohl at 202/912-7263.

In its management of wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, as amended, the BLM is implementing recommendations made by a June 2013 report of the National Academy of Sciences. For instance, the BLM is taking actions to increase the use of population growth-suppression measures on overpopulated herds roaming Western public rangelands and implementing methods developed by the U.S. Geological Survey for more accurate population estimates.

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