It’s critically important that those who care about wild horses and burros weigh in on the plans that guide on-the-ground actions of government agencies tasked with managing our nation’s wild horses and burros. Your voice is needed!

Wild horse supporters can weigh in at a number of steps in the process:
  • Scoping, Notice of Intent: The Bureau of Land Management begins the formal land-management planning process by identifying major resource issues that need to be considered, including by soliciting public input. It does so by publishing a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (hyperlink: https://www.federalregister.gov ). The public then has 30 days to provide comments about the area to be addressed in the plan.
  • Draft Resource Management Plan/EIS: The public has 90 days to comment on draft Resource Management Plans / Environmental Impact Statement. The document will include a preferred management alternative and its environmental impacts. A notice of its availability must be published in the Federal Register.
  • Final Resource Management Plan/EIS: After making revisions, the agency releases a proposed Resource Management Plan and final Environmental Impact Statement. A Notice of Availability must be published in the Federal Register. Any person who has taken part in the process can and may be adversely affected by the plan may file a protest within 30 days.
  • Record of Decision: The process is finalized with the signing of this document, which lays out the objectives and actions to be taken based on the selected alternative in the final Environmental Impact Statement.

Examples of decisions made in land-use plans include designating a Herd Management Area or removing its designation. Examples of implementation planning decisions include setting population targets for a Herd Management Area, also called its Appropriate Management Level, or roundup plans.

In addition to land-use planning decisions, the BLM holds other public meetings, including annual public meetings in each state about the use of helicopters in roundups and meetings of the BLM’s independent Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Watch this page to learn about opportunities to weigh in!

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Photo taken at RTF's San Luis Obispo, Calif., satellite sanctuary. The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board on Thursday voted to call for immediate use of fertility control to slow herd growth, comprehensive planning ... Read More
September 25, 2020Cory Golden
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William Perry Pendley, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. BLM photo. Return to Freedom disagrees in the strongest possible terms with the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director, William Perry Pendley, that federally protected wild horses ... Read More
September 23, 2020Cory Golden
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Photo taken at RTF's San Luis Obispo, Calif., satellite sanctuary by Deb Hofstetter. The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will hold a videoconference Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 23-24.  The board ... Read More
September 22, 2020Cory Golden
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Photo taken at RTF's San Luis Obispo, Calif., satellite sanctuary by Deb Hofstetter. The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will hold a videoconference Sept. 23-24.  The board will meet using ... Read More
August 18, 2020Cory Golden
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Wild horses are shown being pushed into the trap by a BLM contractor's helicopter during the 2017 Owyhee Complex roundup. Photo by Steve Paige for RTF. The Bureau of Land will hold its annual statewide public ... Read More
June 22, 2020Cory Golden
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The Bureau of Land Management's Utah state office will hold its annual public meeting on the use of helicopters and other motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses and burros on Nov. 14. The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 176 East D.L. Sargent Drive ... Read More
November 8, 2019Cory Golden
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The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday named two new National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board members and the re-appointment of a third in advance of its Oct. 29-31 meeting in Washington, D.C. Susan McAlpine of Kingman, Ariz., has been appointed to represent humane advocacy, replacing Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation, ... Read More
October 17, 2019Cory Golden
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To watch a full video of the Senate subcommittee hearing, click here: https://bit.ly/2Y5bLew (Note: The hearing begins at the 17:28 mark. The hearing was delayed for an unrelated floor vote that begins at 1:07:45 in the video. The hearing reconvenes at 1:34:22).  The value of safe, proven and fertility control as a ... Read More
July 18, 2019Cory Golden
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The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has announced meetings July 9-11 in Boise, Idaho, and Oct. 29-31 in Washington, D.C. The nine-member board typically meets twice per year to provide recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service on the management of wild horses and ... Read More
June 10, 2019Cory Golden