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!

3 feathers clean
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
Return to Freedom by Tony Stromberg
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
saylor creek
The Bureau of Land Management will hold its annual Idaho public hearing on the use of helicopters and other motorized vehicles and aircraft for wild horse management from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18 at the Marsing ... Read More
April 15, 2019Cory Golden
cedar
The Bureau of Land Management will hold a hearing on the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft -- including helicopters -- from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the BLM Montana / Dakotas State Office at 5001 Southgate Drive in Billings, Mont. In addition to using helicopters to ... Read More
February 6, 2019Cory Golden
onaqui
The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to go forward with a roundup of about 80 percent of the wild horses from the beloved herd at the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area in Utah. BLM estimates that the population of the herd will be at about 586 wild horses by ... Read More
December 20, 2018Cory Golden
onaqui-sharkey
Update: The Utah Bureau of Land Management announced on Friday, Dec., 14, that it was moving forward with its delayed plans to capture and remove wild horses from the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area. No roundup start date has been announced. Click to read the BLM press release. ... Read More
December 16, 2018Cory Golden
Cedar-4828
The Bureau of Land Management will host its annual statewide public hearing on helicopter use in wild horse roundups on Dec. 11. The meeting will be held at BLM's Vernal, Utah, field office from 6-7 p.m. The office is located at 170 S. 500 E. According to BLM's March 1 estimate, the ... Read More
December 4, 2018Cory Golden
Caffrey with Georgina-P.Ianes_
As published by E&E News A wild horse advisory panel approved recommendations calling on the Bureau of Land Management to make nonlethal population control the top priority. BLM The Bureau of Land Management's advisory panel on wild horses and burros sent what some could read as conflicting messages on the use of ... Read More
October 12, 2018Cory Golden
Silver King and his Mares-P.Ianes_
Statement from Neda DeMayo, Founder and President of Return to Freedom: "It’s disheartening to hear that the Advisory Board has made the same backwards recommendations that caused an emotional backlash from the public each the last two years. The challenge we’re presented with on our public lands is not the fault ... Read More
October 12, 2018Cory Golden