BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Unedited Press Release from the BLM

“We let the cat out of the bag on this one, last week.  But here is the ‘official’ press release in all it’s propaganda infused glory.” ~ R.T.


Release Date: 08/01/16
Contacts: Dorothea Boothe , 202-912-7654

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for September in Elko, Nevada

September 8–9 meeting will be livestreamed at http://www.blm.gov/live

BLM Bored Member, during March 2011 Advisory Bored meeting, actively engaged in protecting the future of wild horses and burros ~ photographer unknown

BLM Bored Member, during March 2011 Advisory Bored meeting, actively engaged in protecting the future of wild horses and burros ~ photographer unknown

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet September 8-9, 2016, in Elko, Nev., to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The two-day meeting will take place on Thursday, September 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Friday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The meeting times are local time; Elko is in the Pacific Time Zone.) The meeting will be live-streamed at http://www.blm.gov/live.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the August 1, 2016, Federal Register at http://go.usa.gov/x4TRJ. The meeting will be held at Stockmen’s Hotel and Casino, 340 Commercial Street, Elko, Nev. The hotel’s website address is www.northernstarcasinos.com/Stockmens-hotel-casino; its phone number is (775) 738-5141.

The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations 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 67,027 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Thursday, September 8, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Thursday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 3:15 p.m. local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may 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 may be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-261, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nev., 89502-7147. Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (at whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ms. DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at (775) 861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The Advisory Board generally meets twice a year and the BLM Director may 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, the BLM is taking a number of steps to ensure healthy horses and burros thrive on healthy public lands , including sponsoring a significant research program focused on fertility control; transitioning horses from off-range corrals to more cost-effective pastures; working to increase adoptions with new programs and partnerships; and requesting two new pieces of legislative authority — one to allow for the immediate transfer of horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals and one that would create a congressionally-chartered foundation that could help fund and support adoption efforts.

16 comments on “BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

  1. Should send a written copy of your statement.. kinda handcuffing the 1st amendment huh, what will this be about? Whether or not blm will kill the animals or not? They are pretty good at destroying the things they “protect”

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  2. Now that the low life’s continually spend our tax dollars, they want more allocated. I say demand the Welfare Ranchers pay up! How about demanding a portion of their profits from the sale of their livestock to pay up they owe. I sent for information on leasing land. I never received a response. Dismantle the BLM and fire them all! Sure they receive no salaries, but how much do they continually receive in kick backs from the Welfare Ranchers? We must stop the sterilization. My vet was appauled when I told him what they were going to do especially out in the field. He has been a veterinariian for years and told me its sure death for some. How in the Hell do they continue to get away with this!! I can’t be there because I have committed to go to the Protest March in DC Seotember, but I will send a comment.

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  3. Not sure how to put this in words, but I have always felt that members of public committees should be required to provide the public with their personal agendas (financial, political, personal interest) for being on the committee (both national and local advisory boards etc) and how they plan to assist the committee/board. With the BLM, the advisory board members should be required to publicly introduce themselves at the beginning of each meeting and announce how they propose to assist the BLM with their mission statement. “BLM Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

    With this BLM advisory board, some members could state that:
    – they are life-long ranchers with public lands permits and have spent their lives doing a variety of things for the livestock industry
    – they are committed to the cattle/sheep industry as well as the preservation of the ranching culture
    – they have worked or had a financial interest in the meat packing industry and/or feedlots and/or livestock auctions
    – they are members and/or leaders in the cattleman’s (or sheep) associations
    – they have supported horse slaughter organizations such as the “Slaughter Summit”
    – they have received “x” dollars from federal farm subsidy programs
    – they hold “x” number of federal grazing permits totaling “x” number of livestock AUMs on public lands
    – and on and on and on …

    Definition of “Conflict of Interest” is a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.

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    • Certainly sounds like a good idea to me! The idea that this board intends to “advise” a government agency – yet refuses to allow any US taxpayer/advocate to comment on the subject for more than 3 minutes AND wants to know ahead of time exactly what will be said. Hope I get to hear/see what goes on at this one.

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      • Most government meetings are like that, from city councils up to the federal government. It is how they “control” the public and do not allow for any type of discourse.

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  4. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

    “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward”
    National Academy of Sciences – This report reviews the science that underpins the Bureau of Land Management’s oversight of free-ranging horses and burros on federal public lands in the western United States.
    http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/materials-based-on-reports/reports-in-brief/wild-horses-report-brief-final.pdf

    Horse and burro management and control strategies cannot be based on biological or cost considerations alone; management should engage interested and affected parties and also be responsive to public attitudes and preferences.

    Three decades ago, the National Research Council reported that public opinion was the major reason that the Wild Horse and Burro Program existed and public opinion was a primary indicator of management success (NRC, 1982).
    The same holds true today.

    The social impacts on the American public of destroying these Wild Horse Herd populations is overwhelmingly given the strong support the American public has to protect, preserve and view Wild Horses living naturally on protected public lands.

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  5. “…one to allow for the immediate transfer of horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals..” What other agencies have a need for work animals?

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  6. The guy in the picture reminds me of my very first meeting I went to. The majority of the board was like that, or was playing with their pencils and papers. About as professional as, I can’t think of a nice word for it, so I won’t say.

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  7. Thank you to Grandma Gregg for providing this report which is 377 pages
    Here are just a few excerpts

    A report presented to the National Academy
    of Sciences Committee to Review the
    Management of Wild Horses and Burros
    Prepared by:
    Animal Welfare Institute
    October 2012
    https://awionline.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/FinalWildHorseandBurroReportWithStateMaps10-26-12.pdf

    Management incompetency, agency structural inadequacies, and procedural failings:
    •BLM has demonstrated a lack of competency to be the primary agency
    responsible for wild horse and burro management

    The procedure used by the BLM to allocate forage between wild horses and
    burros and livestock is, at best, unclear, and, at worst, illegal.

    The wild horse and burro advisory board is in need of reform.

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