September 20, 2007
Contact: Heather Feeney 202-452-5031
Sharon Kipping 202-452-7753
Nominations Open for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public nominations to fill three vacancies on the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The categories to be filled represent Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy, Veterinarian Medicine and General Public Interest. The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises federal managers for the BLM (an agency of the Interior Department) and the Forest Service (an agency of the Department of Agriculture) on the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by those agencies.
The nine members on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board represent a balance of interests. Each member has knowledge or special expertise that qualifies him or her to provide advice in the following categories: wild horse and burro advocacy, wild horse and burro research, veterinarian medicine, natural resources management, humane advocacy, wildlife management, livestock management, and the general public interest. Members must also have demonstrated the ability to analyze and interpret data and information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work with collaboration to seek solutions, and formulate and recommend corrective actions.
Advisory Board members serve three-year terms, on a staggered-term basis, with one-third of the Advisory Board subject to appointment each year.
Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Individuals may also nominate themselves. In accordance with Section 7 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the Board.
The 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 is accepting nomination letters plus resumes that include the nominee’s name, address, profession, relevant biographic data, references, endorsements, specific category of interest, and explanation of qualification to represent their designated constituency or category of interest. Nominations should be sent to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, Nevada 89520-0006, and Attn: Ramona Delorme; Phone 775 861-6583 or fax 775 861-6618. All nominations letters should be submitted by November 1, 2007.
The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act mandates the protection, management, and control of wild horses and burros to ensure a healthy, viable, free-roaming herd population within the limits of available public land resources. The Act authorizes the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service to manage wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West. The agencies gather excess animals and offer them to the general public for adoption.
The BLM 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 BLM, 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 BLM 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, and cultural resources on the public lands.