Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting
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
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.