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The Wild Horse and Burro Prize Challenge

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is exploring the possibility of running an open-innovation prize-based competition, or Prize Challenge, as part of its efforts to improve the management of wild horses and burros on public rangelands. The competition will aim to find innovative solutions to this important and complex issue. The BLM is currently in the design phase of the project; formulating the requirements, parameters, and scope of the potential challenge question(s).

Prize-based challenges have an established track record of spurring innovation in the private, public, and philanthropic sectors. With a focus on proven results, prizes empower untapped talent to deliver unexpected solutions to tough problems because prizes often attract solvers from a variety of adjacent disciplines, increasing the chance for new ideas to be found. By adapting the prize model to solve the challenges facing management of wild horses and burros, the BLM is searching for innovative, out-of-the-box ideas that can offer solutions which support healthy animals on healthy rangelands.

Wild Horse Prize Workshop

On May 29, 2014 the BLM hosted stakeholders and other experts at a workshop in Washington, D.C. Through a series of exercises and discussions over the course of the day, workshop participants explored the obstacles and pathways to innovation in the management of wild horses and burros. Below are materials related to this workshop.
 
• Agenda
• List of participants

Opportunity for Public Comment

The public can get involved in the design phase of the Prize Challenge by sharing their views on how the BLM can best target the competition in order to solicit the most practical, innovative ideas that ensure healthy animals on healthy rangelands. The most helpful submission will answer the following questions:

1. Which general approaches do you see as the most promising for helping the BLM to effectively manage wild horses and burros?

2. Do you believe there are obstacles preventing the BLM from adopting your recommended approaches? You may want to consider technological, market, social or legal obstacles.

Members of the public are welcome to submit their input to WildHorse@blm.gov with “Prize” in the subject line.


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