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  • BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for April 14-15 in Sacramento
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 03/28/14 - 03:05 PM | 9 9 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for two days in April in Sacramento, California, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), and on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

    The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, California 95815 (hotel phone number: 916-929-7900). The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal Register (at www.federalregister.gov or https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/03/21/2014-06186/wild-horse-and-burro-advisory-board-meeting).

    The 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. 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 40,600 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

    The BLM recently announced it is seeking research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West. The agency has issued a Request for Applications to alert veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other researchers of the BLM’s need to develop new, innovative techniques and protocols for implementing population growth-suppression methods. The submission deadline for applications is May 7, 2014.

    The public may address the Advisory Board on Monday, April 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Monday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 2:00 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 may 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-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (at wildhorse@blm.gov); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

    For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona 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 meets at least once 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.

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    anonymous
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    April 13, 2014
    WILL BLM ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW POLICY OF THE END OF GRAZING FEES FOR ALL, AS THE DID THIS WEEK IN NEVADA? A RANCHER IN NEVADA WAS AWARDED FREE GRAZINF AFTER 20 YEARS OF NON-PAYMENT. THIS IS VERY GENEROUS OF OUR GOVY AND BLM. I AM SURE MANY OTHERS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FREE OFFER. ALSO, ALL PUBLIC LAND IS NOW OPEN TO WHOEVER WANTS IT. THIS IS VERY EXCITING!
    Janet Schultz
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    March 28, 2014
    Well, here we go. Members of this Board are pro-slaughter, anti-wild horse, pro-livestock, pro-humane handling, pro-wildlife (which they claim does not include wild horses and burros), one who manages resources at a Washington Indian territory and can't seem to do that right (always complaining about the over population of horses but strangely doesn't complain about the population of sheep and cattle or elk), one who advocates spaying and industry livestock handling for the horses and burros, and one who is there to represent us. Does NOT look good. Actually, looks to be another adventure on how private citizens can hook into the taxpayer funded paid vacation and look busy doing it. I will start to take this Board seriously the day they throw down the gavel and have some frank discussions with the people who appreciate and advocate for the safety and protection of the wild horses and burros, just as was intended when the Act was passed (in rapid order) by the Congress and signed by President Nixon. I am promising you I will be bored to tears if I hear one more "we love the wild horses" but they need to go. And Joe A - ranchers don't know a damned thing about horses. If they did, there would not be a problem on the public rangeland.
    Janet Schultz
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    March 28, 2014
    And let me add, that ranchers cannot know horses well at all being as the slaughter of horses is so well fought by them and their associations! If ranchers continue to reign supreme over the decisions regarding the horses (wild and domestic), let them prove their superiority and ban the transport and slaughter of them. What? Oh, you mean as long as you don't stand to lose money? Yeah, that's what we all know too.
    sue carter
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    March 23, 2014
    How about wait and get some people who know horses on the Board, instead of all Cattlemen????
    JOE A
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    March 26, 2014
    SUE DO YOU REALIZE YOU WONT FIND VERY MANY PEOPLE WHO KNOW MORE ABOUT HORSES THAN RANCHERS
    Linda Hanick
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    April 13, 2014
    Several people who are wild horse advocates were nominated to the board this year, and amazingly none were chosen. Ginger Kathrens, who has studied wild horses and wild horse behavior for over 20 yrs. was nominated by 2 members of the House. And who was appointed--people who are experts with domestic horses. It would seem that wild horse and burro advisory board would have folks on it who look out for the welfare of the horses.
    anonymous
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    April 13, 2014
    JOE A. , I MEAN WHO KNOW HORSES NOT AS A FOOD SOURCE FOR THE CHINESE AND BELGIANS.
    charlene collins
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    March 22, 2014
    Why do we have a mad rush to trap, roundup and kill wildlife? Why are we in a rush to handout oil, gas, gold and mineral, ranch leases on public lands? These big companies need to install solar on all homes and businesses, and quit fracking and installing oil pipes across the country. If electric cars were affordable, we would not be so dependent on oil. These companies are so busy destroying the earth and newly developed countries. The people are asking you to stop. Exxon is the second largest bankroll company in the world behind a Russian company. This is nonsense, they have a monopoly on the worlds energy, and BLM is allowing wildhorses to be killed. Leave public lands for our wildlife!
    Joanne Wade
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    March 22, 2014
    Please do not harm or sell captured Wild Horses & Burros to kill buyer, "Tom Davis", who is an advocate for" Horse Slaughter!"

    I am very concerned about captured Wild Horses by the BLM at their corraled location in "Rock Springs", Wyoming! The Cloud Foundation offered Free low weight panels to shield Mustangs from severe Winter Wind Conditions. There are about 400 Wild Horses at this location without proper shelters. This is unacceptable because BLM's standards for the " Adoptions for Mustang New Owners", must have proper shelter and shade requirements to find forever Homes for these Horses. I am disappointed that the BLM is not held responsible for the same high standard for warehousing captured Mustangs! The Cloud Foundation, Wild Horse Education, and Return To Freedom non profit organizations have been honestly educating the American People regarding the Mass Helicopter Round Ups where unreported deaths or Injuries occured during the Traumatic Round Ups,and for separating Family Bands of the Captured Mustangs?

    Please be more transparent regarding with the amount of herd population of our Nation's Mustangs be accurately documented, and please be more compassionate with the care of our beautiful, and Iconic Wild Horses and Burros. I do not want to see helicopters hit Mustangs or Wild Burros by the skids of helicopters ever again! Witnessed this scenario at least 3 times during a Mass Round Up by the BLM. Joan Guyfoyle, director of BLM was interviewed by MSNBC News Journalist when confronted with abuse videos!

    Why are there more Wild Horses in mass holding pens by BLM than aloud to run FREE on our Public Lands? Also, I have never witness during Round Ups any Wild Horses Starving on Video. Most Captured Mustangs appear healthy and fit. I am very disappointed with the BLM's treatment of America's Wild Horses! Thank You Actor, Robert Redford for being advocate for America's Mustangs and assisting "Return To Freedom", a Wild Horse Sanctuary located in Lompoc, California.

    Respectively,

    Joanne Wade
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