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Palomino Valley Center Public WorkshopPalomino Valley Center

The Wild Horse and Burro Program brainstormed ideas about shade and cooling to ensure the welfare of wild horses and burros at the BLM's Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center. The workshop was held in Reno, Nev., and as a webinar.

The BLM received additional comments from the public through August 9, 2013. The comments were evaluated and a decision was announced on August 26, 2013. The BLM completed three different shelter structures in September and UC Davis began their evaluation. Due to the cooler temps, UC Davis was unable to gather enough scientific data to help BLM make a final decision at this time.

Therefore, the BLM and UC Davis will continue to gather data and evaluate the structures during the 2014 spring/summer season. Following that evaluation, the BLM anticipates making a final decision based on the results of the new scientific evaluation.

To see photos of the structures, please click this link.

Materials from the PVC Tour and Public Workshop

Photos taken from the PVC Tour & Public Workshop

Photos from the tour & workshop

On August 6, Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief for the Wild Horse & Burro Program, welcomed the public and explained why the BLM was using a new collaborative process to increase stakeholder involvement. Presentations were provided by: Jeb Beck, Asst PVC Facility Mgr.; Dr. Rich Sanford, DVM, for PVC; and Dr. Kathryn Holcomb, PhD and Dr. Carolyn Stull, PhD, researchers from UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to the workshop, BLM staff escorted the public on tours of the Palomino Valley Center. The tours provided the public a behind-the-scenes look at areas that they cannot normally access due to safety issues. Otherwise, the public can view the majority of facility by driving around the perimeter of the outside pens seven days a week. Please call 775-475-2222 to adopt an animal.

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Last updated: 01-24-2014