The BLM and USFS seek nominations to fill vacancies on National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are seeking nominations to fill three positions on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The Board plays an important role in the efforts of both agencies to be good neighbors in states where the BLM and USFS oversee wild free-roaming horses and burros. The Board advises the agencies on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by those agencies.

This call for nominations is for the positions that represent public interest (with special knowledge of natural resource management), veterinary medicine and wild horse and burro advocacy, which will become vacant on September 20, 2021.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is comprised of nine members who represent a range of interests. Individuals qualify to serve on the Board because of their education, training, or experience that enables them to give informed and objective advice regarding the interest they represent. Successful nominees will demonstrate experience or knowledge of the area of their expertise and a commitment to collaborate in seeking solutions to resource management issues.

Board members typically meet twice annually; however, additional meetings may be called when necessary. Members serve a three-year term without salary, though members are reimbursed for approved travel and per diem expenses related to their activities on the board.

Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the Board; interested parties may also nominate themselves. Current federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the Board. 

Interested parties should submit an application packet that includes a resume and nomination letter. The following information should also be provided as part of the application packet:

  • The nominee’s first, middle, and last name
  • Position(s) for which the nominee wants to be considered
  • Business and home addresses and phone numbers
  • E-mail address
  • Present occupation/title and employer
  • Education (colleges, degrees, major field(s) of study)
  • Career highlights (significant related experience, civic and professional activities, elected offices, including prior advisory committee experience or career achievements related to the interest to be represented)
  • Relevant education, training, and experience
  • Experience or knowledge of wild horse and burro management
  • Experience or knowledge of horses or burros (equine health, training, and management).
  • Experience in working with disparate groups to achieve collaborative solutions
  • Identification of any BLM permits, leases, or licenses held by nominee or employer
  • Indication of whether the nominee is a federally registered lobbyist
  • Explanation of interest in serving on the Board
  • Reference letter(s) from special interests or organizations the nominee desires to represent. References may include, but are not limited to, business associates, friends, co-workers, and local, state and/or federal government representatives or elected officials. All nominations must include at least one letter of reference

Submit nominations by e-mail to Dorothea Boothe, Wild Horse and Burro Program Coordinator, at dboothe@blm.gov. To send by U.S. Postal Service, mail to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Attn:  Dorothea Boothe, HQ-260; 9828 N. 31st Avenue; Phoenix, Arizona 85051. To send by FedEx or UPS, please mail to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Wild Horse and Burro Division, Attn:  Dorothea Boothe; 9828 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85051. For questions, Ms. Boothe can also be reached by phone at (602) 906-5543 or at the email address listed above.

Nominations must be received no later than 30 days after the notice has been published in the Federal Register or postmarked by the same date. The notice will appear in the June 24, 2021 edition of the Federal Register. For more information on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, visit the BLM website at BLM.gov/WHB/AdvisoryBoard.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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