News Release

For Release: Monday, Jan. 29, 2007    
Contact: Tom Gorey (202-452-5137)

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for February 26 in Washington, D.C.

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on February 26, 2007, in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.  The one-day meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, at the Jefferson Hotel.

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.  The Bureau manages about 31,000 wild horses and burros that roam BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board at the February 26 meeting at an appropriate point in the agenda, which is expected to be about 3 p.m., local time.  Individuals who want to make a statement should register with the BLM by noon on the day of the meeting at the meeting site (Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-347-2200).  Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

The agenda of the meeting can be found in today’s Federal Register.  Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the meeting; those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement by February 21, 2007, to: Bureau of Land Management, 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: Ramona_DeLorme@blm.gov.  Those submitting comments electronically should include the identifier “WH&B” in the subject of their message and their name and address in the body of the message.

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 at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The Advisory Board meets at least two times 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.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency.  Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.8 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.

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