BLM Wild Horse and Burro 2021 Strategic Research Plan
United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
November 12, 2021
In Reply Refer To:
4700 (HQ-260) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 11/16/2021
Information Bulletin No. 2022-008
To: All Headquarters Office and Field Office Officials
Attn: Wild Horse and Burro Staff
From: Assistant Director, Resources and Planning
Subject: BLM Wild Horse and Burro 2021 Strategic Research Plan
The new BLM Wild Horse and Burro 2021 Strategic Research Plan is available here, and will be on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) program’s website (blm.gov/whb).
This Strategic Research Plan reviews the history and role of research in the WHB program and identifies topics that are the highest priority for improving the BLM’s management of these highly valued animals. Developing and testing long-term fertility control methods that require minimal handling occasions are the highest priority. Studies of WHB interactions with their environment, including effects of climate change on WHB habitat, are the second highest priority. Other research topics in the strategy could also benefit management but are of lower priority for funding.
Researchers who are potentially interested in conducting BLM-related research should review the Strategic Research Plan. Consistent with BLM IM 2005-204, all WHB-related research proposals must be reviewed by the WHB program research advisory team and approved by the WHB program Division Chief. The Division Chief will present the approved research proposals for consideration to the Assistant Director for Resources and Planning who will review the proposals and available funding before making final funding decisions for any new WHB research in FY2022. Researchers or BLM staff interested in pursuing or supporting WHB-related research should directed process questions to the WHB program research coordinator (Paul Griffin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-631-4808).
Signed by: Authenticated by:
David Jenkins Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of Regulatory Affairs and Directives,(HQ-630)
Resources and Planning
1‒ BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program 2021 Strategic Research Plan (19 pp)
2‒ Appendix A. Specific Priority Research Topics and Goals (5 pp)
3‒ Appendix B: Overview of Wild Horse and Burro Research & Pilot Projects Since 2005 (26 pp)
4‒ Appendix C. Fertility Control Methods (4 pp)