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BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting in Grand Junction, CO, on Oct. 17-19

NOTE:   The BLM hasn’t updated a photo of their National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board yet (the old one on their website is shared below).  The BLM must’ve been too busy taking photos of oil fields and mines for their main BLM website page.  It’s like playing “Where’s Waldo?” to try to find anything on the new BLM website, and I can’t seem to find the names and bios of the members of its National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.  Can you?  While the BLM has been busy erasing data from the internet and throwing out data that used to be easily available to the public, it has added useless youtube videos on the Wild Horse & Burro Program website pages.  See the BLM’s website page on the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board HERE.

Source:  Federal Register

The Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 19, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) each day.  A field tour will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.

The Public Comment Period is on Wednesday, Oct. 18th,  3 p.m.-5 p.m.

The meeting will be live-streamed at​live.

The Advisory Board will meet at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., Grand Junction, CO 81506; hotel Web site:​;​ hotel phone: 970-241-8411 or 1-800-800-7796.  The field tour will depart from the hotel lobby.

Written comments pertaining to the October 18-19, 2017, Advisory Board meeting and written statements that will be presented to the board can be mailed to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program,WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147, or emailed to: Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the email.

Advisory Board advises the Secretary of the Interior, the BLM Director, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service on matters pertaining to the management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands. The Advisory Board operates under the authority of 43 CFR 1784. The tentative agenda for the meeting is:

I. Advisory Board Public Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Field Tour of the Little Book Cliffs Herd Management Area.

The field tour is open to limited public attendance on a first-come, first-served advance sign up. Attendees must provide for their own transportation (high-clearance vehicle recommended) and personal needs. To sign up, contact Dorothea Boothe by email at

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review

Advisory Board September Meeting Minutes Review/Approval

BLM Responses to Advisory Board Recommendations from September 2016 Meeting

Wild Horse and Burro Program Overview and Status

Science Presentations

Public Comment Period (3 p.m.-5 p.m.)


Thursday, October 19, 2017 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review

What are the Key Elements of a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program?

Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM


The meeting will be live-streamed at​live. 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, see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. 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 for it.

II. Public Comment Procedures

On Wednesday, October 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., members of the public will have the opportunity to make comments to the Advisory Board on the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Persons wishing to make comments during the meeting should register in person with the BLM prior to 3 p.m. on October 18, 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, or bring a written copy to the meeting. There may be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.

Participation in the Advisory Board meeting does not require the 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 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 burros.

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 in your comment that the BLM withhold your personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

For further information, contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583, or by email at Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. FRS 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.



22 replies »

  1. My question is: What “field” are they going to tour? Spring Basin would be a good one – LOTS of nice chunky wild horses there!!! And the grazing seems to be pretty fantastic – from pictures I’ve seen.


      • Well, obviously – I didn’t read this word for word! Does that say anything about me? It would seem Little Book Cliffs wouldn’t be a bad place to tour – or am I wrong?


  2. Why are they asking for written copies of comments ahead of time, and keeping the option to prevent someone from presenting based on the amount of comments they expect? Censorship perhaps?

    Is there a way to submit comments but not be physically present? Two weeks notice is kind of a joke for something that obviously has been planned for some time.


    • You don’t have to give them written copies of what you’re going to say ahead of time. You can just put your name down on the list to speak.


  3. Oh, wow. Another dog and pony show. Spoiler alert: the same “overpopulation” hyperbole gets repeated and Ginger Kathrens winds up being the only one who’s out of lockstep with the broken records. So predictable. You don’t need to be a psychic to know how this is going to pan out.


    • It’s worth pointing out that eating horseflesh is forbidden per the bible, see Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Therefore, facilitating the killing of these animals under the guise of feeding them to oneself or to others can’t be anything less than sinful for a Christian person.



    Symbols Of

    In 1971, due to overwhelming outcry and support by the American people, the wild free-roaming horses and burros of America became the first and last of their kind; the only two species to ever have a National law established solely for their protection and preservation.


    Regardless of the history or culture, we have always deeply connected to animals, weaving them or what they symbolize into the fabric of our daily lives. Often, these connections have been religious or spiritual in nature, as the essence of the animal was perceived as embodying a desirable trait, value, or ability that humans wished to emulate or draw from.

    So what is it about wild horses and burros that called to the spirit of the American people to declare them a National icon? Here are some thoughts…..

    Spirit of the Horse-

    Much like the men and women who explored these vast and untamed lands, some wild horses would rather die than be enslaved. Wild horses exude a fierce independence that is never wholly broken and even today, a captured wild horse may break their neck or legs trying to escape a life of domesticity, restriction, and confinement.

    Breathtakingly beautiful to behold, their wild state conveys tremendous passion, strength, courage and raw power. Embodying the very essence of freedom, they reach deep inside the human heart, invoking memories of our ancient past, resonating with our inner longing for Liberty, that inalienable right and self-evident truth that we declared would be the foundation of our Nation.

    Is it any wonder the wild horse has been subjected to such persecution, harassment and death? For those ruled by fear of the unknown, that value dominance, conformity, subordination, servitude, and security, the essence of the wild horse is a constant threat; a living, breathing reminder and symbol of our necessity for freedom to nourish and illuminate the soul.



    Symbols Of

    Spirit of the Burro

    Gentle and humble, the burro embodies patience, perseverance, endurance and the ability to carry overwhelming burdens for great distances. Like the majority of those who came to America with a dream, hoping for a future beyond their culturally destined fate as a “common man”, it was through their labor and toil that our Nation was built, brick by brick, stone by stone, through sheer tenacity, unyielding will and continuous sacrifice.

    Incredibly intelligent and wise, the wild burro is one of the most unappreciated and discarded of all of mankind’s animal tools, much like the “common man” himself.


    • Thanks for citing Cindy MacDonald’s American Herds blog at

      It is one of the best resources for both new and older wild horse & burro advocates. Although Cindy retired, she maintains this blog for us and she has our appreciation for her years of hard work and many thanks for keeping this available to us.



  6. What gives when a volunteer national board is allowed to show up unannounced to the public who is paying their stipends and in whose interest they are supposed to be meeting? Surely those already appointed know they are expected to show up for three days… why is the public being kept in the dark?

    “The board will include three new, as-yet-unannounced members when it meets in October. The three-year terms of Robert Cope (natural resources management), Sue McDonnell (wild horse and burro research) and Fred Woehl, Jr. (public interest) expired in April.”


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