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Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 16, 2006
Sharon Kipping
(202) 452-7753

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting
Scheduled for April in Sacramento

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet in April in Sacramento, California, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.  The one-day meeting will be held on Monday, April 10, 2006, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza in Sacramento.

The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The law mandates the protection, management, and control of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them.  The latest official BLM figures show that nearly 32,000 wild horses and burros roam BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Board at the April 10 meeting at approximately 4 p.m. Individuals who want to make a statement should register with the BLM by noon on April 10 at the meeting site (Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814; phone number: 916-446-0100).  Depending on the number of speakers, the Advisory Board may limit the length of presentations, which have been set at three minutes for previous meetings.

The agenda of the meeting can be found in the March 8, 2006, Federal Register.  Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the meeting; those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement by April 5, 2006, to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.  For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583.  Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, 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, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.