Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board to Meet April 14-15

Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board to Meet April 14-15

The board will meet to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for two days in April in Sacramento, Calif., to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The meeting will take place on April 14-15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT) each day.

The advisory board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. According to the BLM’s latest official estimate, approximately 40,600 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The BLM recently announced it is seeking research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the wild horses' and burros' population growth. The agency BLM has issued a request for applications to alert veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other researchers of the BLM’s need to develop new, innovative techniques and protocols for implementing population growth-suppression methods. The submission deadline for applications is May 7.

The upcoming advisory board meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo, located at 1782 Tribute Road in Sacramento. The meeting's agenda can be found in the March 21 Federal Register.

The public can address the aboard on April 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at the meeting should register in person with the BLM by 2:00 p.m., local time, on the day of the meeting at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the board might 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 could 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, Nevada, 89502-7147. Comments can also be emailed to the BLM; please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the email's subject line.

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.

The advisory board meets at least once 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.

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