BLM Sets Meeting on Vehicle, Aircraft use in Wild Horse and Burro Program
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a hearing about the use of aircraft and motor vehicles in wild horse and burro management on public lands Monday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville, 220 Conference Center Drive, Roseville.
At the hearing, BLM staff specialists will discuss vehicle and aircraft use for wild horse and burro management for lands managed by BLM California. Participants can provide written comments or make statements at the hearing.
The BLM periodically gathers and removes wild horses and burros from public lands to maintain populations in balance with other range users including wildlife and permitted livestock, and to ensure that rangeland forage and water sources are not over-used.
Wild horses and burros are protected on BLM and Forest Service lands under the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which requires population management and control. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 authorizes the BLM to use aircraft and motor vehicles in this work, and requires public hearings prior to such use.
For more information, contact Amy Dumas, Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager, 916-978-4678.
The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.