National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will hold next meeting in October
The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet October 4-6, 2022, at the Bureau of Land Management’s National Training Center located at 9828 N. 31st Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. The public is invited to attend in-person or view the entire Advisory Board meeting virtually via live stream at BLM.gov/live.
More information about the Advisory Board meeting, including an agenda, can be found in the August 30, 2022 Federal Register. Additional meeting materials will be posted to the BLM’s website prior to the meeting.
The public will have an opportunity to make a verbal statement to the Advisory Board in person and virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, October 4, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT; on Wednesday, October 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PT; and on Thursday, October 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT. To accommodate all individuals interested in providing comments, in-person and virtual commenters must register with the BLM at least three days in advance of the meeting.
The public may also submit written comments to the Advisory Board in addition to, or in lieu of, providing verbal comment. Written comments should be submitted to the Advisory Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments emailed three days prior to the meeting will be provided to the Advisory Board for consideration during the meeting.
The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is comprised of nine individuals representing a diverse range of stakeholders and interests. The Board provides advice and recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service as the agencies work to carry out their responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The Act mandates the protection and management of free-roaming horses and burros in a manner that promotes a thriving natural ecological balance on public lands.
As of March 1, 2022, the BLM estimated public rangelands administered by the agency were home to approximately 82,384 wild horses and burros—more than three times the number the habitat can sustainably support in balance with other authorized land uses. Similarly, the U.S. Forest Service manages approximately 8,000 wild horses and burros on National Forest System public lands across the West.
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.