Horse Advisory Board to meet in Reno
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (NWHBAB) will meet in Reno, NV, on Monday, March 2, 2009, to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on western public rangelands. The one-day meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Reno Ballroom, 50 East Fourth Street, Reno, NV 89501. (The hotel phone number is 775/329-4777.)
The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Feb. 3, 2009, Federal Register on page 5941. NWHBAB provides input and advice to 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 freeroaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. BLM manages about 33,000 wild horses and burros that roam BLM-managed rangelands in 10 western states.
The public may address NWHBAB at the March 2 meeting at an appropriate point in the agenda, which is expected to be about 3 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement should register with BLM by noon on the day of the meeting at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.
Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to BLM at the meeting; those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement no later than Feb. 25, 2009, to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502- 7147. Comments may also be emailed to: Ramona_De Lorme@blm.gov. Those submitting comments electronically should include the identifier “WH&B” in the subject of their message and their name and address in the body of the message.
For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona De- Lorme, Wild Horse and Burro administrative assistant, at 775-861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 800/877- 8339. BLM also announced that Robin Lohnes, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based American Horse Protection Association, has been re-appointed to the nine-member Advisory Board in the category of wild horse and burro advocacy.
Dr. Boyd M. Spratling, a veterinarian from Deeth, NV, has been reappointed to the board in the category of veterinary medicine. New to the board is Janet M. Jankura of Richfield, OH, who will represent the category of public interest.
Advisory Board members serve three-year terms, on a staggered-term basis, with one-third of the board subject to appointment each year. The board meets at least two times a year and 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.
In accordance with Section 7 of the Wild Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the board. — WLJ