BLM sets public hearing for vehicle, aircraft use in wild horse, burro management


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Wild horses on the range in northeast California. Photo by Amanda Gearhart, BLM.

SACRAMENTO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California will host a statewide virtual public hearing, Thursday, May 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros on public lands managed by the BLM in California and northwest Nevada. Registration is required.

At the hearing, anyone interested will have the opportunity to comment on the BLM’s use of motor vehicles, helicopters, and airplanes to estimate wild horse or burro populations, gather and remove excess animals from public lands, monitor wild herds, and to transport animals to BLM corrals throughout California. This annual public hearing covering 12 months of activities in 2021 and 2022 is required by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

Participants must register for the Zoom meeting at After registering, participants will receive an email with instructions and a link to join the meeting. Those wishing to speak will be called in order of registration and given an opportunity to testify. The time allotted to each individual will depend on the number of speakers and the time available. Those unfamiliar with the Zoom virtual meeting platform can learn more by viewing the Zoom tutorials at

Those unable to join online will be welcome to participate by phone. Those who use the phone feature must register at the above link and will receive phone numbers in their confirmation email.

Those unable to participate live may submit written comments to the BLM California State Office, Attention: Wild Horse and Burro Program, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W1623, Sacramento, CA  95825, or by sending an email comment to Written comments will be most helpful if received by Monday, May 24, 2021.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.