Wild Horse And Burro Office Opens In Tennessee

The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office is opening a Wild Horse and Burro Office in Lebanon, Tennessee, southeast of the Eastern Wild Horse and Burro Contract Adoption Facility in Cross Plains on May 24, 1999.

"Tennesseans rank among the nation's most loyal wild horse and burro supporters," said W. Hord Tipton, Eastern States Director. "More than 6,300 wild horses and burros have found loving homes here. And more than 10,000 animals have been adopted through the Cross Plains Facility since it began operation in 1979," he said.

"A BLM presence in Tennessee demonstrates BLM's commitment to the welfare of America's 'living legends' and to preserving the spirit of the Old West for generations to come," said Tipton. "I encourage you to call or stop by the new facility to learn more about America's western heritage," he said.

The BLM has legislative responsibility for managing and preserving the wild horse and burro as a 'living symbol' of the Old West. We gather excess wild horses and burros from the western range and offer them for adoption. The Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program helps to maintain an ecological balance between wild horses and burros, native wildlife and domestic animals grazing on western public lands.

Ms. Sandi Sacher will staff the new office, where the public can obtain information on wild horses and burros and other BLM programs. The office is located at 520A West Main Street, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087. The telephone number is 800/376-6009.

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