April Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board Meeting to be Webcast

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting April 23-24 in Reno, Nev., can be viewed via webcast. The day-and-a-half meeting will take place on April 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and April 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, and can be viewed online during those times.

The board will discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the March 19, 2012, Federal Register.

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, management, and control 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 38,500 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

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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