The BLM is only allowing an hour and a half for public comment at this meeting, and the public comment period is the day BEFORE the BLM gives it’s “update” on the Wild Horse & Burro Program.
By putting public comments early in the agenda, the BLM limits public comment about it’s current actions.
You can review meeting minutes and materials from past meetings HERE.
Source: Federal Register
The Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday April 13, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) and Thursday April 14, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. This will be a one and a half day meeting.
This Advisory Board meeting will take place in Redmond, Oregon, at the Deschutes Fair & Expo, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756, http://expo.deschutes.org/, telephone: 541-548-2711.
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:
Wednesday, April, 13, 2016 (1 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review
Approval of September 2015 Minutes
BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations
Wild Horse and Burro Program Update
Public Comment Period will take place from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Wild Horses and Burro Program Update
Working Group Reports
Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM
The meeting will be live-streamed. 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), require the BLM to publish in the Federal Register notice of a public meeting 15 days prior to the meeting date.
On Wednesday, April 13 at 3:15 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 meeting should register in person with the BLM by 3 p.m. on April 13, 2016, 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. Speakers are requested to submit a written copy of their statement to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section above, email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring a written copy to the meeting. There may be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.
Written comments pertaining to the April 13-14, 2016, 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 email@example.com. Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the email.
Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay 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 hours.