(This meeting is really about BLM’s plans for STERILIZATION and minimally reproducing herds of the already mostly non-viable herds. The reality is that nothing about BLM’s actions can be considered “protecting” wild horses and burros. Please show up and make a public comment or send your comments to the email address given below.)
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet Sept. 2-3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.
The meeting will take place Sept. 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, at the the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel. The meeting will be live-streamed at http://www.blm.gov/live/.
The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the Aug. 3 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 and management 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 58,150 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.
The public can address the board on Sept. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Thursday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 10:15 a.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the board could limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.
Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There will be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments could be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend can submit a written statement to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Comments can also be emailed to the BLM at firstname.lastname@example.org; please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the email’s subject line.
For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact DeLorme, wild horse and burro administrative assistant, at 775/861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can reach DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 800/877-8339.
The board generally meets twice 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.
In its management of wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is implementing recommendations made by a June 2013 report of the National Academy of Sciences. For instance, the BLM is taking actions to increase the use of population growth-suppression measures on overpopulated herds roaming Western public rangelands and implementing methods developed by the U.S. Geological Survey for more accurate population estimates.