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BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

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Source: Unedited BLM Press Release
Release Date: 03/27/13
Contacts: Tom Gorey, 202-912-7420

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for three positions on its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Timothy J. Harvey of Campton, New Hampshire, has been re-appointed for the position representing Humane Advocacy; Rick Danvir of Evanston, Wyoming, has been appointed for the category of Wildlife Management; and John Falen of Orovada, Nevada, has been appointed for the position representing Livestock Management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

>Mr. Harvey, owner of the Merry-Go-Round Pens, LLC, Western Safety Stirrups, LLC, and Journey Horses Farm, has been a horse professional and experienced trainer for the past 20 years. An established clinician who organizes training seminars and clinics with several top trainers, Mr. Harvey specializes in colt starting and foundation training based on natural horsemanship and traditional vaquero (cowboy) training methods. Mr. Harvey is an innovator who has also operated a therapeutic riding program centered on fostering the emotional well-being of victims of abuse and people with anger-management issues.

Mr. Danvir is a professional wildlife biologist with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in Wildlife and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology from State University of New York. Currently working with the Deseret Land and Livestock ranch – a northern Utah operation known for its multiple-use management of wildlife and domestic livestock – Mr. Danvir is Wildlife Manager for Deseret Western Ranches. Mr. Danvir is affiliated with several wildlife-related organizations, including the Utah Wildlife Board, the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Association, the Utah Foundation for Quality Resource Management, the Society for Range Management, the Center for Holistic Resource Management, and the Nature Conservancy.

Mr. Falen, a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry, is a longtime advocate of responsible wild horse management and has spent years dealing with wild horse issues, both on and off the range. He has 20 years’ experience serving on numerous boards and committees regarding wild horse management, including the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) and the Public Lands Council’s Wild Horse and Burro Committee. A respected leader in the livestock community at both the state and national levels, Mr. Falen is Past President of the Public Lands Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.   (Mr. Falen, a member of the MHF Board of Trustees, will recuse himself from issues concerning MHF, which is a BLM partner in promoting public adoptions of wild horses and burros.)

The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions.

14 replies »

  1. And whose side are they on???? The horses or the ranchers???? Don’t the American people have any say in this????


  2. The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM?

    If that is the case then where is the dialogue?

    I have know Tim Harvey for years and I can tell you this he does not like to be questioned or likes confrontation hence his silence!


  3. Harvey doesn’t like confrontation, all that means is he will go along with the status quo. The other two are both part of the livestock community. And you know, just can’t trust those livestock folks. So many of them view a horse as livestock, and you know what they do with livestock. Horses are not livestock, and should not be managed as such.


    • When I watched the Board meeting they held earlier this month Harvey was one of the most out spoken members on the board. He seemed genuinely concerned when Fitch brought up the issue of all the horses that were sold to Davis the kill buyer. I have to say tho that I emailed him with a concern I had with a “free” mustang listed on CL in his area and he never ever responded. hmmmm…..


      • Why wouldn’t Harvey speak up in front of his peers. I have also sent him email regarding the wild ones and he simply told me he does not want to get into it on any of the groups etc.


  4. There shouldn’t be any livestock members on the board to manage horses! Time for a real change! According to the Federal land and management Policy act section 1753, in 16 western states grazing advisory boards consist of 15 livestock members in each state who meet annually to determine and deprive grazing and water rights to wild horses and other wildlife to accommodate livestock!


    • Be that as it may.. I have a good feeling about this for our wild ones.. not a big good feeling but consider it a good glimmer in the dark of things that have been happening.. It’s the BLMs fault that horse meat has entered our food chain.. little do we know they could finally be trying to save their own hind ends.. ya never know they possibly realized what they have done. all we can do at this point is pray.


  5. I agree with Marianne….having livestock members on this board at all seems a conflict of interest…”Mr. Falen is Past President of the Public Lands Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association”. And as for Mr. Harvey, he makes his living from horses, which does not seem to me to be someone who is likely to be an advocate for our wild ones either. And Mr. Danvir is tied to ranching as well, which makes him suspect. If they truly wanted someone who was an advocate for the wild horses, they would listen to what we horse advocates wanted and appoint someone who truly has the wild horse and burros best interest at heart. No surprise here though.


  6. Why don’t the Feds stop the masquerade party and call this “board” what they actually are:

    Rape All Public Lands And Kill Wildlife Board….lack of science, ecology and economics required.


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