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BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Riverton, Wyoming Aug. 25th

In the heart of Wyoming (and greedy cattle and sheep activists), the wild horses desperately need your voice and your presence, so please try to attend this meeting in Riverton, Wyoming on Aug. 25th (hotels/motels listed HERE).  Also, if the roundups are not stopped, please try to go to the roundups that are supposed to start Aug. 20th.  Bring a friend.  Invite media to both this meeting and to the roundups.

If you can’t be at this meeting, send the media and your Congressional representatives the article about this written by Carol Walker and the press release by the Cloud Foundation that were posted here the past week.

Again, here in America, you can make a public comment and say anything you want (brave Americans have died so we could have fee speech), even if the BLM wants you to think your comment “should” only pertain to topics listed on their agenda (per statement written below).   -Debbie

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse

and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management

and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands.

DATES: The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, August 25, 2014, from 8:00 a.m.

to 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time. This will be a 1-day meeting.

ADDRESSES: This Advisory Board meeting will take place in the Little Theater

(SC 109), located in the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College, 2660

Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501, telephone 1-800-735-8418.

Written comments pertaining to the August 25, 2014, Advisory Board meeting can be

mailed to National Wild Horse and Burro Program,WO-260, Attention: Ramona

DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147, or sent electronically to

wildhorse@blm.gov.  Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of

the email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and

Burro Administrative Assistant, at telephone 775-861- 6583. Persons who use a

telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay

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Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal

business hours.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message

or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

advises the Secretary of the Interior, the BLM Director, the Secretary of Agriculture, and

the Chief of the Forest Service on matters pertaining to the management and protection

of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands.  The Wild Horse

and Burro Advisory Board operates under the authority of 43 CFR 1784. The tentative

agenda for the meeting is:

I. Advisory Board Public Meeting

Monday, August 25, 2014 (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review

8:40 a.m. Approval of April 2014 Minutes

9:00 a.m. BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations

9:20 a.m. Wild Horse and Burro Program Update

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Public Comment Period Begins

2:30 p.m. Public Comment Period Ends

3:00 p.m. Working Group Reports

3:45 p.m. Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

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The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An individual with a

disability needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, such as an

interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format, must

notify Ms. DeLorme 2 weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although the BLM

will attempt to meet a request received after that date, the requested auxiliary aid or

service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it.

The Federal Advisory Committee Management Regulations at 41 CFR 101-6.1015(b),

requires the BLM to publish in the Federal Register notice of a public meeting 15 days

prior to the meeting date.

II. Public comment procedures

On Monday, August 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., members of the public will have the

opportunity to make comments to the Board on the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Persons wishing to make comments during the Monday meeting should register in

person with the BLM by 12:00 p.m. on August 25, 2014, at the meeting location.

Depending on the number of commenters, the Advisory Board may limit the length of

comments.  At previous meetings, comments have been limited to 3 minutes in length;

however, this time may vary.  Commenters should address the specific wild horse and

burro-related topics listed on the agenda.  Speakers are requested to submit a written

copy of their statement to the address listed in the “ADDRESSES” section above or

bring a written copy to the meeting.  There may be a webcam present during the entire

meeting and individual comments may be recorded.

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Participation in the Advisory Board meeting is not a prerequisite for submission of

written comments.  The BLM invites written comments from all interested parties.  Your

written comments should be specific and explain the reason for any recommendation.

The BLM appreciates any and all comments.  The BLM considers comments that are

either supported by quantitative information or studies or those that include citations to

and analysis of applicable laws and regulations to be the most useful and likely to

influence the BLM’s decisions on the management and protection of wild horses and

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal

identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire

comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly

available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal

identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to

do so.

(Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4-1)

____________________________

Gregory Shoop

Deputy Assistant Director

Resources and Planning

[FR Doc. 2014-17378 Filed 07/24/2014 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 07/25/2014]

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    • If you want observe the roundup, contact Shelley Gregory at (307) 315-0612 or ssgregory@blm.gov to have your name added to the observation log. also, check BLM’s Rock Springs Field Office website for further information. along with the Cloud Foundation, we’ll try to give you updates.

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  1. Don’t you LOVE the statement: “you should be aware that your entire

    comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly
    available at any time?” Do you think that’s supposed to discourage people from commenting & identifying themselves? So sorry I’m way back here in NY. I will comment, but just from the description of what they will deign to consider – certainly doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in this being anything other than a rubber stamp for the BLM! Sad, isn’t it?

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    • Actually Maggie, It may have to do with their regulations. I work for the Forest Service, and this is part of their Planning Rules that they have to follow. Does it deter some folks from commenting? I’m sure it does. You can always ask to not have this info put into the planning document, but I would bet it is releasable under FOIA – Freedom of Information Act. That’s why they say it may be made publicly available.

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      • People can put ONLY their email address on public comments to BLM or other government agencies.

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    • Just re-read the BLM statement, and it is something they include in all their communications. Just give them the information that you are comfortable with. I have an email account for just these things.

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      • Heidi,
        I think a few years ago – when I started getting educated about the BLM – there was nothing said about the required information. At least as I remember. Anymore, I just give them what they ask for – after commenting, that is.

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  2. Thank you for the info. I’ve sent an op ed to NY Daily News and smaller posts to other news organizations including Jane Velez Mitchell. Will keep sending them. Also faxing/calling respective reps before go on their 5 week vacation is important.

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  3. Please stop round ups of wild horses and the inhumane treatment that occurs during these round ups.

    Sincerely,
    Katherine Wanslee MA.Ed

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  4. Its imperative that everyone go Wyoming in august if at possible . We must stand up for our horses that face extinction ! Can you imagine our country without wild horses and burros ? Blm is destroying our wildlife and our beautiful wild horses and burros, our beloved mustangs . We must be there for them .

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    • Let’s see… Big agribusiness slowly but methodically gaining control of public lands, with so-called “conservative” courts enabling them along the way… And the majority of Americans, including most of the people I personally know, not giving a damn about equine welfare… Doesn’t take a math major to figure out the ultimate outcome here.

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  5. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-utah-horses-20140728,0,2504211.story

    Some notes here: no comments so far. The head shot photo they used is evidently a domestic Andalusian, not a wild horse, and from a review of the Blawn Wash video posted, of approx. 40 horses rounded up, the video shows only a single foal. One speaker mentions one mare was about to foal, and another had a long yearling at her side which was pulled off.

    Where is this supposed overpopulation coming from if a round up of 40 nets only one live (for now) foal?

    Just curious, because it IS curious.

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  6. they used to adopt the mustangs and burros, have they stopped that practice? I would adopt if it is still an option!

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  7. That would require individuals charged with the responsibility of governance to do something opposed to money interests and be purely motivated by principle.

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