National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to meet virtually

The public meeting will be held June 30 - July 1, 2021 via Zoom Video Conferencing and live-streamed at BLM.gov/live

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet virtually June 30 - July 1, 2021. The board will discuss the management of wild horses and burros on public lands, including the challenges of safely reducing widespread overpopulation and measures for increasing the placement of wild horses and burros into good homes through adoptions and sales.  

The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the BLM as the agency carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of free-roaming horses and burros as integral parts of America’s public lands. The BLM cares about the health, safety, and well-being of adopted animals. It is illegal to adopt a wild horse or burro with the intent of selling or transferring the animal for slaughter or for processing into commercial products. The individuals who serve on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board represent a diverse range of stakeholders and interests related to the management of wild horses and burros on public lands.

The board meeting will be held virtually using Zoom video conferencing technology and live-streamed at BLM.gov/live. The agenda of the meeting will be published in the May28 Federal Register. A more detailed agenda, meeting materials and information to register to provide verbal comment to the board will be posted to BLM.gov/whb/advisoryboard at least 15 days prior to the meeting. Speakers must be registered to deliver public comment at least 3 days prior to the meeting. The time available for public comment during the meeting is limited each day; registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The audio of all public comments will be recorded.

Speakers and those who cannot attend the virtual meeting can also submit a written copy of their comments to whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov. Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail. Written comments emailed three days prior to the meeting will be provided to the Advisory Board for consideration during the meeting.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Dorothea Boothe, Wild Horse and Burro Program Coordinator, at (602) 906-5543 or at dboothe@blm.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. Boothe during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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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