By The Horse
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet in October in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The day-and-a-half meeting will take place Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., local time.
The meeting will take place at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown at 215 West South Temple. The hotel phone number for reservations is 801/531-7500 or 800/333-3333. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Sept. 24, 2012, Federal Register.
The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection, management, and control of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land's capacity to support them. According to the BLM's latest official estimate, approximately 37,300 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.
The public can address the Advisory Board on Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at the Monday meeting should register with the BLM by 2 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board might limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.
Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There could be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments could be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend can submit a written statement to the BLM at the following address: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Comments can also be emailed to the BLM at email@example.com.
For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775/861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) can reach DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 800/877-8339.
The Advisory Board meets at least once a year and the BLM Director can call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.