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    Bureau of Land Management Aims to Acquire More Holding Facilities for the Wild Horse and Burro Program

    On July 31st, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its intent to acquire more short-term holding facilities for the Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) Program. The BLM aims to have facilities in the 30 states that are east of the Mississippi River. Currently, the WHB Program manages 26.9 million acres of public lands across Western States. The acquisition of more facilities across the eastern states would help address the shortage of corral sites that the program currently has.

    The Wild Horse and Burro Program began in 1971 as a way for BLM to implement P.L. 92-125, the Wild-Free Roaming Horses Act. This Act was passed to protect the wild horse and burro populations while sustaining the nation’s public lands. To achieve this goal, the BLM must manage the wild horse and burro population which requires controlling the density of these populations in certain areas. The program currently has 177 herd management areas on which BLM conducts regular Gathers and Removals of wild horses and burros. These activities are one of the major contributors to the need for additional holding facilities. Humane transportation is essential to the vitality of wild horse and burro populations, which limits the hours that the animals may spend in transit. These additional holding facilities will help broaden the WHB adoption and sales program by providing greater regional shipping and receiving locations.

    For those interested in learning more about how to provide an Off-Range Corral Site, please visit the BLM’s Request for Information Site. Interested parties must complete and submit a questionnaire to the BLM no later than August 30, 2020.

    On July 31st, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its intent to acquire more short-term holding facilities for the Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) Program.
    2020-08-11
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    2020-08-11
BLM plans to establish Wild Horse and Burro Program holding facilities in states east of the Mississippi River Applications to acquire WHB Off-Range Corral Site Contract are due by August 30, 2020 Wild horse and burro management on public lands is an increasingly urgent environmental crisis resulting in inhumane conditions that must be addressed through balanced, science-based decision-making and reproductive management practices

On July 31st, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its intent to acquire more short-term holding facilities for the Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) Program. The BLM aims to have facilities in the 30 states that are east of the Mississippi River. Currently, the WHB Program manages 26.9 million acres of public lands across Western States. The acquisition of more facilities across the eastern states would help address the shortage of corral sites that the program currently has.

The Wild Horse and Burro Program began in 1971 as a way for BLM to implement P.L. 92-125, the Wild-Free Roaming Horses Act. This Act was passed to protect the wild horse and burro populations while sustaining the nation’s public lands. To achieve this goal, the BLM must manage the wild horse and burro population which requires controlling the density of these populations in certain areas. The program currently has 177 herd management areas on which BLM conducts regular Gathers and Removals of wild horses and burros. These activities are one of the major contributors to the need for additional holding facilities. Humane transportation is essential to the vitality of wild horse and burro populations, which limits the hours that the animals may spend in transit. These additional holding facilities will help broaden the WHB adoption and sales program by providing greater regional shipping and receiving locations.

For those interested in learning more about how to provide an Off-Range Corral Site, please visit the BLM’s Request for Information Site. Interested parties must complete and submit a questionnaire to the BLM no later than August 30, 2020.

About Aaliyah Nedd (Full Bio)

Legislative Assistant

Aaliyah Nedd serves as serves as a Legislative Assistant supporting NACo’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Lands and Rural Action Caucus Steering Committees. She is responsible for providing legislative support for the Legislative Director, conducting legislative research, as well as writing

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