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Thurs. Livestream: BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on 10/19/17


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

You can watch the live-stream of this meeting at​live


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

8:15  Collaborative Partnerships

TJ Holmes, SWA and GEMS
9:15  Utah Summit Presentation (this is referring to the secretive “Slaughter Summit” held recently in Salt Lake City)
Dr. Terry Messmer, Utah State University (Messmer was the organizer of the secretive “Slaughter Summit” and active with The Wildlife Society)
10:15  BREAK
10:30  What are the Key Elements of a Sustainable Wild Horse & Burro Program?
Mary Jo Rugwell, BLM Wyoming State Director
1:00 pm  Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM
2:30  BREAK
2:45  Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM

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.

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.

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  1. Is this agenda correct, which shows NO public input session now?

    It’s also curious the WY BLM person is speaking about sustainable management, and the title echoes that from the Salt Lake City secretive summit held just recently. If this is the last word before recommendations are submitted the public will have been effectively gagged.


  2. Bad Advise Board is so biased it makes me sick. Wild equines blamed for destruction cattle caused, etc. Roundups cost millions so just stop and free ones rounded up=end of BLM unsustainability. Also Farm Bureau needs to be boycotted IMO and everybody needs to stop eatin beef or mutton, best for environment also.


    • Perhaps anyone who cares about our wild horses should take another look at the Wildlife Society’s opinions on the issue! Possibly their donations would take a drop if that happened. I think most who care about wildlife (and this includes wild horses & burros) are under the impression that this “wildlife society” (so-called) is all-inclusive. It isn’t.
      There should be a downside to supporting horse slaughter and non-reproducing wild herds.


  3. Missed the online session yesterday but today’s was very interesting. TJ Holmes & the gals from SWAT did a super job. And for once, Ginger has been able to get HER points across! She did a great job. Dr. Messmer who did the survey on the summit made the point several times that this was NOT a survey of anyone other than the people who were “nominated” for this summit!
    This new guy, Steven Yardley, appeared to be out of it while TJ was speaking – asked her 3 things that she had JUST spoken about! There were several different members of the board – when were they nominated????


    • Steve Yardley isn’t new. Jim French is new and 2 other board members were re-appointed. Steve Yardley is of Yardley Cattle Co, in Beaver, Utah. Beaver County is the home of those wild and crazy Beaver County Commissioners.

      Yardley Cattle Co. –

      Beaver County Commissioners – “In 2014, Iron and Beaver County commissioners threatened the BLM they would take care of the issue themselves if the agency did not begin efforts to reduce what was then estimated at 2,000 wild horses on the range in their region.


      • Somehow missed Yardley in earlier onlines. When he asked why human consumption wasn’t examined in the various uses of wild horses – they seemed to shut him down – apparently that wasn’t the time selected for that subject. One of the other suggestions (don’t remember if it was him) was to start “improving” herds with the features wanted in saddle horses – in other words to “turn out stallions (possibly quarter horse!) to make the horses more salable! Turn them into domestic horses, right????? Didn’t see the pm session where apparently they got down to business & made their “suggestions”.
        What is the matter with these people & the rest of them? These horses are so beautiful with good conformation – so much better than the ones we humans have “line-bred” & now cloned! Is it not possible to LEAVE THESE HORSES ALONE? I realize there has to be some management – but after listening to TJ & SWAT – they laid out the way to do it. And NO ONE other than Ginger apparently allowed that information to penetrate!
        You, Ginger, TJ, RT – I cannot imagine the frustration of dealing with this continuous bunch of ? Cant say it here.


    • It seems the BLM didn’t put out a news release to announce the new board members before the meeting, but they put this article (without any date) on their website:
      WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Mr. Fred T. Woehl, Jr. of Harrison, Arkansas, has been reappointed for the category of public interest (equine behavior); Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been reappointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; and Mr. James French of Winnemucca, Nevada, has been newly appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

      The nine-member 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. More information about the advisory board can be found here.

      Mr. Woehl has been involved in the horse community for over 43 years as a trainer, natural horsemanship clinician and educator. He has been involved with the Equine Science Department at the University of Arkansas and taught Equine Science at North Arkansas College. He has served as a volunteer for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program for ten years, conducting demonstrations of wild horse versatility and assisting with adoptions. Additionally, Mr. Woehl worked as a senior agricultural adviser for the U.S. State Department from October 2008 to November 2009 in Iraq, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of agricultural programs and policy for the Ninewa Province. From November 2009 to March, 2011, he worked in the Kingdom of Jordan, for the Department of Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program, where he developed policies for horse use and trained the local Bedouin tribesmen in humane methods of training and in the use of horses at the Archeological Park of Petra. Mr. Woehl currently has four BLM mustangs that are used for demonstrations in Branson, Missouri, and good-will visits at nursing homes, schools and churches.

      Dr. McDonnell is a Clinical Associate and Adjunct Professor of Reproduction and Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Also, as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, she consults privately on equine behavior and welfare. Dr. McDonnell, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, co-edited the current leading academic book on horse behavior, titled “The Domestic Horse: The Evolution, Development and Management of its Behavior,” published by Cambridge University Press.

      Mr. French has spent more than 40 years involved in the management of wildlife on public lands in north-central Nevada. Over the course of his career, including 32 years as a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, he developed a unique understanding of wild horse and burro issues, and has worked with diverse groups to develop land management plans on county, state and federally-managed public lands. Since 2011, he has served on the Humboldt County Commission, the Nevada Association of Counties (also known as NACO) Board of Directors, the National NACO Western Interstate Region Board of Directors, NACO Public Lands and Natural Resources Steering Committees (both state and national), the Humboldt River Water Authority Board of Directors, and the Nevada State Land Use Planning Council. He has contributed to the development of public lands policy, resource management plans and herd management plans for more than three decades. Mr. French has worked collaboratively with county commissions in 16 counties, as well as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and government in six states.


  4. The Advisory Board, for the most part, appears to be an illusion.
    I remember hearing one advocate say that the board was really just a buffer between BLM and the Public.
    It was, after all, the Advisory Board that took the heat for ” recommending euthanasia”:
    THAT news was all over the web

    Advisory Board Recommends Wild Horse Euthanasia
    The following report appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune…


      • Right they discuss the problems caused by all of the Wild Horses & Burros that no longer exist…except on paper

        on the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities

        PAGE 23

        After viewing the perimeters and/or driving down roads in the middle of almost half of the facilities, and using comparisons and confirming conclusions with GPS, photographic, and videographic evidence, including GPS overlays of the travel path over the map of the long-term facilities, WHFF has evidence that in some cases less the one-half of the horses supposedly on the grounds of the facilities were actually there


    • The Advisory Board has no legal authority to do anyhing but make recommendations to the BLM.

      The horses are only doomed if we all cave in now and fail to make our voices heard. The US population is around 325 million who each own a share of our public lands and our wild horses and burros. There are around 20,000 grazing permits, mostly held by corporations.

      United We Stand (and they live), divided we all fall. Stand up and speak up, and NOW.


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