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Release Date: 03/18/14
Contacts: Dorothea Boothe, (602) 417-9500    

BLM to Host Public Hearing on Use of Motorized Vehicles,
Aircraft for Wild Burro, Horse Management

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft for the management of wild burros and horses on public lands in Arizona. The hearing will be held on April 1, 2014, from 9 am to Noon, at the BLM Arizona State Office, located in downtown Phoenix at One North Central Ave., Suite 800, in the conference room.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive information and public comments on the use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to inventory wild burro populations and the use of helicopters to gather and remove excess burros. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild burros as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

Before helicopters or motorized vehicles can be used, a public hearing is required in order to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The BLM proposes to use a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft and other motorized vehicles to estimate population numbers and obtain seasonal distribution information for wild burro and horse herds throughout Arizona. Over the coming year, the BLM in Arizona plans to conduct population estimates to include the Black Mountain, Cibola-Trigo and Lake Pleasant herd management areas.

For further information concerning the hearing, contact Roger Oyler at (602) 417-9421.  If you cannot attend the hearing, written comments must be mailed to the BLM Arizona State Office, Attention: Roger Oyler, One North Central Ave., Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, and be received by April 4, 2014, to be considered.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 03-18-2014