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  • BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for September 9-11 in Arlington, Virginia
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 08/11/13 - 08:33 AM | 12 12 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (ARLINGTON, WV) - The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for three days in September in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The meeting, which will focus on the June 2013 report by the National Academy of Sciences (titled “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward”), will take place on Monday, September 9, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time.

    The NAS report, which was commissioned by the BLM, called for several management actions, including the more widespread use of a fertility-control vaccine known as PZP (porcine zona pellucida) on mares. Contrary to some reports, the study did not call for an end to gathers of wild horses and burros from overpopulated herds, nor did the report urge the BLM to “let nature cull any excess herds.” The report’s recommendations are under review by the BLM.

    The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22209, telephone number 703-524-6400. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the August 1, 2013, Federal Register (at ).

    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, 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. 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 public may address the Advisory Board on Tuesday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Tuesday’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 ); 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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    Nancy Watson
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    August 31, 2013
    Thank heaven above that Ginger Kathrens is on the Advisory Board to provide us with a ray of hope that the facts and figures reported by the BLM, and in this article, will be set straight. It's utter nonsense that there is an overpopulation of wild horses. The NAS report states that there is no mechanism in place by the BLM to perform headcounts, so how on earth can they spout these numbers as fact? It's high time that the BLM protect the horses and burros they are charged with, rather than giving away my public lands to frackers and welfare ranchers, executing those horrible roundups with cattle prods and helicopters, neglectful and abusive care while imprisoned, and regarded as pests rather than the majestic beasts they were recognized as with the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act in 1971. As a tax paying, law abiding citizen, I want the BLM to stop terrorizing my wild horses and burros with those brutal and inhumane roundups, I want the land that was designated for them to be given back, and I want those poor souls that are incarcerated in the BLM prisons to be set free. Ginger, you're our only hope. We're counting on you to be the voice of reason in an otherwise unreasonable Advisory Board. Godspeed.
    Annie Mond
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    August 31, 2013
    As far as I know, Ginger Kathrens was nominated, but I have not heard she was actually appointed to the WH & B Advisory Board.

    Rita Reik
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    September 02, 2013
    Perfectly stated! I couldn't agree more! It is time for American citizens to take back their power and replace the corrupt and cruel BLM with more effective measures.
    susan carter
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    August 31, 2013
    WHY HAVE A MEETING ABOUT THE NAS REPORT WITH THE SAME OLD CATTLEMEN ON THE BOARD? THREE ADVISORY BOARD SEATS ARE COMING UP, AS NOMINATIONS ENDED ON AUGUST 16. CONSIDER THE NOMINATIONS, COSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CATTLEMEN AND THEN PROCEED. HAVING BOYD SPRATLING CONSIDER ANYTHING, AFTER HE HAS PUBLICLY CALLED FOR SLAUGHTER OF WILD HORSES IS A DISGRACE! THIS MEETING IS A SHAM AND JUST AN EXCUSE TO SPEND TAXPAYER MONEY FOR A NICE STAY AT THE MARRIOTT! SHAME ON BLM!
    Diane McEvoy
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    August 31, 2013
    Testing of three different shade options is slated to begin at the BLM Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center. The testing will take place over the next two months. And since it has taken this long, and how much suffering, to get to the point where the BLM accepts the need for shade, how long will it take for the selected structures to be built? A couple of years? The meeting in September should have be scheduled over the entire month since every aspect of BLM’s policy require close scrutiny.
    Zig Pope
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    August 31, 2013
    The constant barrage of dishonesty from the BLM over the horses is an abomination. In their dreams there are 46,000 free horses.

    The truth is, they don't want us to know how few horses remain on our public as it will shed light on how badly they have mismanaged horses on behalf of the real queens of welfare...ranchers.

    Susan carter
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    August 31, 2013
    uh, Zig, I think they mean the 46,000 "roaming" in corrals.
    Robynne Catheron
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    August 21, 2013
    The BLM has an agenda, and it doesn't include or welcome any opinions, suggestions, or wishes of the public it serves. It's all about the mighty dollar, which means they serve only cattle ranchers and oil interests. There is no one to stop them. No one strong enough, or that has any integrity, anyway.
    JanWindsong
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    August 12, 2013
    Well, thank you for the invite. Being as I how I live in the Western part of thedse United States and that is where MOST of the wild horses are, I will have to submit my comments via email. It just cracks me up that you have these meetings and do all this traveling and accommodation to include thepublic and then go on and do what you planned to do already, not disclosing the fact that none of what we say or do changes the land use plans which have torn the heart out of the 1971 Act. None of what we sya or do changes the fact that you intend to use every dollar allocated to you in the budget and if that means sending helicopters out to round up 10 horses ir treat fillies with PZO - well darn it, you will. You've been using birth control since the 70's and you still say you have a wild horse problem. Sounds more like a human problem to me, just as the crisis the Yakima and Navajo nation say they are faced with. It is not like the horses just showed up. I just can't take this seriously anymore. It is too trippy. And really not all that fun. If this were a private company, you'd all be fired.
    Patricia BarlowIrick
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    August 14, 2013
    I really like JanWindsong's analysis of the situation. Lot's of mustangs running around that Hyatt Hotel in WV. Yep.
    MJ Wilson
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    August 31, 2013
    Agree w Jan totally!
    susan carter
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    August 31, 2013
    This meeting is simply an excuse for a tax-payer paid vacation.
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