Public comment wanted on proposed new wild horse and burro management plan
By Summit Voice
The Bureau of Land Management’s March 10-11 meeting of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Phoenix will be Webcast on the Internet for anyone interested in observing the meeting but unable to attend in person. Here’s the link: http://blm.gov/webcast.
The webcast runs Thursday, March 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST), Friday, March 11.
The BLM is proposing a new wild horse and burro management plan, and the public will be able to comment during Friday’s session of the advisory board meeting. More info at the agency’s wild horse program web site.
The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This law mandates the protection, management, and control of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them.
The BLM manages more than 38,000 wild horses and burros that roam BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states; the agency also feeds and cares for more than 40,000 horses and burros that are maintained in short-term corrals and long-term Midwestern pastures.
The Advisory Board meets at least 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.