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The Wild Horse and Burro Strategy Development Document

Questions and Answers

  1. Why is the BLM developing a strategic plan?
  2. What is the Secretary’s vision for America’s wild horses and burros?
  3. What is a strategic plan?
  4. Where is the BLM at in the strategic planning process? What are the next steps?
  5. How will the BLM let the public know about the input received?
  6. What kind of a decision will the BLM be making? Who will be making the decision?

 


 

  1.  Why is the BLM developing a strategic plan?

    In FY2009, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the costs of caring for large numbers of unadoptable wild horses in short or long term holding could not be sustained and recommended the BLM find cost-effective solutions. In response the Secretary of the Interior proposed a national initiative to put the management of America’s wild horses and burros on a cost-effective, sustainable track. The Congress has asked the BLM to prepare and publish a new comprehensive long-term plan and policy for management of wild horses and burros.

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  2. What is the Secretary’s vision for America’s wild horses and burros?

    The Secretary’s vision is healthy wild horses and burros on healthy rangelands in the West forever — but to achieve this goal, cost-effective, sustainable solutions are needed. Proposed is establishing preserves in the productive grasslands of the Midwest and East, showcasing treasured herds in the West with special designations, and balancing annual herd growth rates with adoption demand. Over time, the implementation of the Secretary’s Initiative is expected to reduce the number of unadoptable wild horses in short term corrals or long term pastures, reduce the costs to the American taxpayer for their care, and conserve, protect and manage these iconic animals in the West for future generations to enjoy.

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  3. What is a strategic plan?

    The strategic plan would provide the BLM with a broad framework for future wild horse and burro management.  The draft goals, objectives, funding and other actions needed to successfully implement the strategy would be outlined.

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  4. Where is the BLM at in the strategic planning process? What are the next steps?

    The BLM has identified draft goals, objectives, and possible management actions. The BLM is asking the public to provide feedback about the draft goals, objectives and possible management actions by August 3, 2010. Feedback can be provided electronically at www.blm.gov.

    The BLM will use the feedback received to develop a proposed strategy.

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  5. How will the BLM let the public know about the input received?

    The BLM will provide a summary of the comments received and how the input was used to develop the proposed strategy. This information will be posted at www.blm.gov in September.

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  6. What kind of a decision will the BLM be making? Who will be making the decision?

    No decision will be made. The proposed strategy will be provided to Congress later this fall. Congress would be responsible for providing the BLM with the appropriations and other authorities necessary for successful implementation.

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