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Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 4, 2005
Celia Boddington
(202) 452-5125

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting Scheduled

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet to discuss the management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the nation's public lands, according to a notice in the February 16, 2005 Federal Register. The meeting will be held Monday, March 14, 2005 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm local time. This will be a one day meeting. The Advisory Board will meet at the Owyhee Plaza, 1109 Main Street, Boise, Idaho, 83702. The BLM re-established the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in 1998 to provide input and guidance for the management of wild horse and burro herds on the Western rangeland. Under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages nearly 37,000 wild horses and burros, which roam public lands in the West. The law mandates the protection, management, and control of these wild horses and burros in a way that ensures a healthy, viable free-roaming herd population within the limits of available public land resources.

The public may address the Advisory Board on March 14, 2005 at approximately 4:00 pm. Individuals making a statement should register with the BLM on March 14, by noon, at the meeting location. Depending on the number of speakers, the Advisory Board may limit the length of presentations. At previous meetings, presentations have been limited to three minutes in length.

The agenda can be found in the February 16, 2005, Federal Register. Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the meeting. Individuals who are unable to attend the meeting but would like to comment may submit a written statement by March 9, 2005 to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Janet Neal, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Janet Neal, Wild Horse and Burro Public Outreach Specialist, (775) 861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. Neal at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The BLM manages more land – 261 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, 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 productivity 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.