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For Release: Monday, May 17, 2004
Tom Gorey, BLM
Carol Alm, NWHBF

Memorandum of Understanding Will Advance Goal
of Increased Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions

The Bureau of Land Management and the National Wild Horse and Burro Foundation are working together to increase wild horse and burro adoptions in the United States and provide greater opportunities for public education about the BLM’s unique animal adoption program.

To facilitate this joint effort, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke and Foundation Chairman Frank Cassas recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share expertise and information and to enhance adoption marketing initiatives.

“This partnership provides both parties an opportunity to share skills to assist the public with selecting, adopting, and maintaining an adopted wild horse or burro,” Clarke said. “Both the BLM and the Foundation will benefit from this Memorandum of Understanding, as we can more effectively use our resources to market, advertise, and promote adoption of horses or burros that have been removed from the range.”

Clarke noted that the BLM removes the animals to ensure that herds living on public lands are healthy and that the public rangelands are able to sustain vegetation for all the species that live there. “For those animals we remove,” Clarke said, “we seek qualified adopters who want to enjoy the strengths of wild horses, such as being sure-footed and having great endurance; we also seek adopters who want enjoy the companionship that burros can provide.”

The Foundation is a national non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the adoption of wild horses and burros by raising the number of potential adopters, increasing the number of successful adoptions, and enhancing the adoption process through collaboration with the BLM. The Foundation, while national in scope, was formed as a result of a partnership between the State of Nevada and the BLM. Foundation trustees, in addition to Cassas, are: John Falen, Dawn Lappin, Janet Greenlee, and Ed Roberts. Carol R. Alm serves as executive director for the Foundation and has been involved with the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in developing recommendations.

Under the Memorandum, the Foundation will assist the BLM by identifying opportunities to increase adoptions and by making recommendations to capitalize on these opportunities. The Foundation will also communicate with the equine industry, along with other corporate and public entities, to elicit support for increased successful adoptions.

For information on the Foundation, visit For information on wild horse and burro management in the West, or for an adoption schedule and list of preparation centers and prison training programs, see or call 1-866-4Mustangs.