BLM opens nominations for Wild Horse, Burro Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Nominations are for a term of three years, needed to represent the following categories of interest: Wild horse and burro research, natural resource management and public interest with special knowledge of equine behavior. The board advises the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by both agencies. The BLM announced its formal request for nominations in the Federal Register.

The nine members on the advisory board represent a balance of interests. Each member has knowledge or special expertise that qualifies them to provide advice in wild horse and burro advocacy, wild horse and burro research, veterinary medicine, natural resource management, humane advocacy, wildlife management, livestock management, general public interest and public interest with special knowledge of equine behavior. Members must also have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively and recommend corrective actions.

Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the board; individuals may also nominate themselves. In accordance with Section 7 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the board. Members serve staggered three-year terms, with one-third of the board subject to appointment each year.

The board meets at least twice each year, though the BLM director may call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.

The BLM is accepting nomination letters with resumes that include the nominee’s first, middle and last name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, profession, educational background, relevant biographical information, references and endorsements. The nominee must also state the specific category of interest for which they are most qualified in regard to the three vacancies.  Nominations must be postmarked by Aug. 16 to be considered for appointment.

Nominations can be submitted:

  • Via U.S. Postal Service – National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, N.W., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Sharon Kipping WO-260, Washington, D.C. 20240.
  • Via FedEx or UPS, – National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street, S.E., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Sharon Kipping, Washington, D.C. 20003.
  • Via fax – Sharon Kipping, 202-912-7182
  • Via email – Sharon Kipping, [email protected]

Questions about the nomination process can be addressed by calling 202-912-7263.

The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act mandates the protection, management and control of wild horses and burros to ensure healthy free-roaming herd populations at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them.

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