Wednesday Livestream: National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on 10/18/17

Hey, BLM, please update the photo of your National WH & B Advisory Board on your new website

The BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 18) and Thursday (Oct 19) and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) each day.  (So, for the many WH & B advocates in NV and CA, this is 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time)

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

You can watch the live-stream of this meeting at www.blm.gov/​live

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

Tentative Agenda:

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.)

Adjourn

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

Tentative Agenda:

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

Adjourn

The Advisory Board will meet at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., Grand Junction, CO 81506; hotel Web site: http://www.grandvistahotel.com/​;​ hotel phone: 970-241-8411 or 1-800-800-7796.

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: whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov. 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.

14 comments on “Wednesday Livestream: National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on 10/18/17

  1. Published agenda with names (still no list of actual WHB Board members or attendees):

    (All times Mountain Standard Time)

    Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting – AGENDA
    October 18-19, 2017
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Grand Vista Hotel
    2790 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506

    Topics for Discussion
    Wednesday, October 18

    8:00 am
    Welcome and Introductions and Agenda Review
    Kathie Libby, Facilitator

    Opening Remarks
    Kristin Bail, Designated Federal Officer / Assistant Director for Resources & Planning, BLM

    Welcome/Introduction to Colorado
    Greg Shoop, Acting State Director, BLM Colorado

    Colorado Wild Horse & Burro Program Overview
    Laria Lovec, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, BLM Colorado

    9:00 a.m.
    Approval of Minutes from September 2016 Meeting
    Facilitator

    9:10 a.m.
    BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations (Sept. 2016)
    Dean Bolstad, Division Chief, Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM

    9:30 a.m.
    Wild Horse & Burro Program Overview and Status
    Dean Bolstad

    10:15 BREAK

    10:30 a.m.
    U.S. Forest Service Program Update
    Hope Woodward, Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager, USDA

    11:15 a.m.
    Influence of Feral Horses on Native Wildlife in the Great Basin
    Lucas Hall, Keck Science Dept., Claremont McKenna College

    12:00 LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

    1:15 p.m.
    Effects of Feral Horses on Soils & Vegetation in Sagebrush and
    Riparian Plant Communities
    Dr. Chad Boyd, Rangeland Ecologist, Research Leader
    USDA/Agricultural Research Services

    2:00 p.m.
    Currently Available Contraceptives and Sterilization Techniques for Wild Horses & Burros
    Albert J. Kane, DVM, MPVM, PhD, USDA APHIS/BLM Wild Horse & Burro Partnership

    2:45 p.m. BREAK

    3:00 p.m. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

    5:00 p.m. ADJOURN

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    Thursday, October 19

    8:00 a.m.
    Welcome and Agenda Review
    Kathie Libby, Facilitator

    8:15 a.m.
    Colorado Collaborative Partnerships
    TJ Holmes, SWAT and GEMS [I corrected the spelling of SWAT]

    9:15 am
    Utah Summit Presentation
    Dr. Terry Messmer, Utah State University

    10:15 am BREAK

    10:30 a.m.
    What are the Key Elements of a Sustainable Wild Horse & Burro Program?
    Mary Jo Rugwell, BLM Wyoming State Director

    11:45 LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

    1:00 p.m.
    Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM

    2:30 p.m. BREAK

    2:45 p.m.
    Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM

    5:00 ADJOURN

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    • Just found this announcement on the BLM website, it seems to be a press release at the top of the list but has no actual date provided. One has to wonder why anyone was reappointed when very qualified candidates were rejected, especially for the advocacy slot.

      The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. June Sewing of Cedar City, Utah, has been re-appointed for the category of wild horse and burro advocacy; Jennifer Sall of Lander, Wyoming, has been appointed for the category of public interest (with special knowledge about protection of wild horses and burros, management of wildlife, animal husbandry, or natural resource management); and Dr. Julie M. Weikel, DVM, of Princeton, Oregon, has been appointed for the category of veterinary medicine. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

      Ms. Sewing is the Executive Director and Secretary for the National Mustang Association, for which she has worked since 1985 carrying out various responsibilities, including managing the association’s wild horse sanctuary. Ms. Sewing has also served as the president of local charitable organizations – as trustee on the Cedar City hospital board for 20 years, and on a committee dealing with the endangered Utah prairie dog. Ms. Sewing has received a Citizen Volunteer award from the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Realtors, and Southern Utah University. She was first appointed to the Advisory Board in 2012 and will be serving a second term.

      Ms. Sall has 25 years of experience caring for and training horses, including as manager of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Three Peaks Ranch. There she managed a herd of 75 horses and trained halter-broken mustangs to become dependable working mountain horses. Ms. Sall is currently the Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Branch of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Previously as a NOLS instructor, Ms. Sall logged more than 100 weeks in the field on public lands teaching leadership, outdoor skills (including leading horse-packing trips), and environmental studies. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

      Dr. Weikel earned her Master of Veterinary Science and DVM from Washington State University and has practiced as a large animal veterinarian for 42 years with an equine and bovine focus. As a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, she taught advanced large animal medicine, radiology, and large animal clinics. Dr. Weikel has served on the Southeast Oregon Advisory Committee (in the wild horse and burro position). She has also served as a member of the Oregon Natural Desert Association; on the Morrow County School Board; and as a court-appointed special advocate volunteer.

      The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions. Information about the board can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/Advisory_Board.html

      https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-announces-three-selections-national-wild-horse-and-burro-advisory-board-1

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  2. I thought I read if applicants to the Advisory Board apply, they can’t be selected if they serve on other advisory boards that have to do with horses.
    So why is Weikel on the BLM Advisory Board if she serves on the Oregon
    RAC Council?

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      • Looking at the “agenda” it appears that TJ Holmes (if its the same gal) has a blog about the Spring Creek Basin mustangs. She does a super job with identifying the horses individually & writing about them with pictures. I hope this is the same person, because she can speak for the horses!

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  3. The BLM meeting is all about adverse effects of horses.
    They are showing water source studies with horses on site
    and blaming the horses for taking over the water sources,
    But
    Have they done this same study with cattle on site????

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  4. The BLM meeting spoke alot about the small watering containers. Would it be better to also install a higher and 2nd level of water for any birds. This would eliminate the competition between horses and birds.

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  5. The BLM meeting spoke alot about the small watering containers. Would it be better to also install a higher and 2nd level of water for any birds. This would eliminate the competition between horses and birds.

    The BLM meeting is all about adverse effects of horses. They are showing water source studies with horses on site and blaming the horses for taking over the water sources, But Have they done this same study with cattle on site????

    From: Straight from the Horse’s Heart Reply-To: Straight from the Horse’s Heart Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:42 PM To: Denise Brown Subject: [New post] Wednesday Livestream: National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on 10/18/17

    WordPress.com debbiecoffey posted: ” Hey, BLM, please update the photo of your National WH & B Advisory Board on your new website The BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 18) and Thursday (Oct 19) and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “

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  6. The BLM could run a 2nd pipe to a Œbird bath up higher than the ground level tub So no competition with ungulates, horses, cattle

    From: Straight from the Horse’s Heart Reply-To: Straight from the Horse’s Heart Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:42 PM To: Denise Brown Subject: [New post] Wednesday Livestream: National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on 10/18/17

    WordPress.com debbiecoffey posted: ” Hey, BLM, please update the photo of your National WH & B Advisory Board on your new website The BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 18) and Thursday (Oct 19) and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “

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  7. I don¹t understand the WG&B Advisory Board meeting goalsŠ They are going to tell the BLM to remove and euthanize the excess horses That don¹t get adopted. There is something wrong with this group¹s mission to not kill the wild horses and burros. They are recommending selling them internationally and lose any humane control and recommending sterilization and having states involved with their capture and achieving AML Without trying to get more money from Congress And without asking BLM and Congress to reinstate AMLs that have been closed out.

    Ginger seems to let them run over her too easily. How is slaughter so easily in their adenda??

    Are these committee members hypnotized into agreeing to a killing machine?

    From: Straight from the Horse’s Heart Reply-To: Straight from the Horse’s Heart Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:42 PM To: Denise Brown Subject: [New post] Wednesday Livestream: National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on 10/18/17

    WordPress.com debbiecoffey posted: ” Hey, BLM, please update the photo of your National WH & B Advisory Board on your new website The BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 18) and Thursday (Oct 19) and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “

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