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Release Date: 08/26/13
Contacts: Debbie Collins , 405-790-1056, 918-625-5292 ,

BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Program Announces Shade Trials to Begin at PVC

Following Public Comment Period

Reno, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center (PVC) will begin testing three different shade options for the wild horses and burros over the next two months.

Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief of the BLM’s National WH&B Program, appreciates the recommendations and assistance provided by the public and various partners. She said, “We appreciate the public’s patience while we review various shade structures. The trial period will allow us the opportunity to determine what works, while meeting the safety and welfare needs of the animals.”

Implementation of the three options will begin as soon as the materials arrive at PVC. Eric Reid, Acting PVC Facility Manager, is coordinating with the National Mustang Association, of Utah, The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS), and the Northern Nevada Correctional Center to obtain the materials. “One of PVC’s top goals is to construct the three shade options as soon as possible. The trials will also provide the BLM with valuable shade research data on wild horses.”

As new information is available on the progress of the shade structures, BLM will continue to post updates to If you have additional questions, please contact the BLM at 866-468-7826 or

The Palomino Valley Center is located 15780 Pyramid Hwy. (State Rte. 445) Reno, NV 89510. From Interstate 80, take Exit 18 (Pyramid Way/State Road 445). PVC is north about 20 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn east (right) on Ironwood Road to reach the facility. PVC is the largest BLM preparation and adoption facility in the country with a capacity of 1,850 animals. It serves as the primary preparation center for wild horses and burros gathered from the public lands in Nevada and nearby states. Visitors wishing to adopt are encouraged to call PVC prior to arrival at (775) 475-2222. Public hours for visiting are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-noon.

Click here to view the three different shade options.

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One of three shade structures that will be evaluated at PVC during the trial period.One of three shade structures that will be evaluated at PVC during the trial period. Visit for additional photos.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 04-20-2015