BLM Seeks Bids for Off-Range Pastures for Wild Horses

BLM Seeks Bids for Off-Range Pastures for Wild Horses

The BLM is seeking proposals for new off-range pasture facilities that can provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals for new off-range pasture facilities that can provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands.

Proposals will be accepted from the following states through April 22: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

One or more off-range pasture contracts will be awarded and each must accommodate a minimum of 100 wild horses. The contractor must provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for a four-year or nine-year period.

Applicants who have never conducted business with the government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov to do business with the federal government. There is no fee involved.

To obtain the solicitation:

  1. Go to www.fedconnect.net;
  2. Click on “Search Public Opportunities”;
  3. Under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number”;
  4. Put in the solicitation number “L15PS00182”; and
  5. Click “Search” and the solicitation information will appear. The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it.

For assistance, visit www.blm.gov, contact Eric Pagal at 202/591-5079 or epagal@blm.gov, or contact Ken Lund at 202/912-7034 or klund@blm.gov. They can assist with general questions and/or coordinate a meeting for you with a local BLM contracting officer and small business specialist.

Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, as amended, the BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros while working to ensure that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. The current free-roaming population of BLM-managed wild horses and burros is estimated to be 49,209, as of March 1, which exceeds by more than 22,500 the number determined by the BLM to be the appropriate management level. The BLM is also using population growth-suppression (PGS) measures, and is supporting research to improve existing and develop new PGS tools.

For general questions about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, please contact 866/468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov.

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