National Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board to Meet Sept. 9-11

National Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board to Meet Sept. 9-11

The meeting will focus on the June 2013 report by the National Academy of Sciences.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for three days in September in Arlington, Va., to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.

The meeting, which will focus on the June 2013 report by the National Academy of Sciences (titled “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward”), will take place Sept. 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sept. 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sept. 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The National Academy of Sciences report, which was commissioned by the BLM, called for several management actions, including the more widespread use of a fertility control vaccine known as PZP (or porcine zona pellucida) on mares.

The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22209, telephone number 703-524-6400. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Aug. 1 Federal Register.

The public can address the board on Sept. 10, at 3:00 p.m. Individuals wishing to make a statement at the meeting should register in person with the BLM by 2:00 p.m. on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the board could limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings. Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There might be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments could be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend can submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV, 89502-7147. Comments can also be emailed to the BLM at; please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the email.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact DeLorme, wild horse and burro administrative assistant, at 775/861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can reach DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 800/877-8339.

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