WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet October 29-31 in Washington, D.C. The Board will discuss the pressing challenges of wild horse and burro management, including the number of unadopted and unsold animals in BLM facilities and the effects of overpopulation on public lands.

The public meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time October 30-31 at www.blm.gov/live. The BLM, in partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation, will also provide the Board and interested public the opportunity to visit the America’s Mustang Experience – a free interactive trailer filled with videos and information about wild horses and the public lands on which they live. The highlight of the America’s Mustang Experience is a virtual reality simulation that puts visitors face-to-face with real wild horses to see, hear and experience their life on public lands.

The meeting will be held at the Phoenix Park Hotel located at 520 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 and at 20 F Street Conference Center located at 20 F Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20001. The America’s Mustang Experience trailer will be open to the public 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., October 29-30 between 12th and 14th St. on the National Mall. The BLM will also host a visit for the Advisory Board to a wild horse and burro adoption and sale event in Lorton, Virginia on November 1.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is comprised of individuals representing a diverse range of stakeholders and interests related to the management of wild horses and burros on public lands. The Board provides advice and recommendations to the BLM as the agency carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of free-roaming horses and burros in a manner that ensures healthy herds and healthy public lands.

As of March 1, 2019, the BLM estimated approximately 88,090 wild horses and burros roamed public lands in 10 Western states – the largest population estimate since the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed, and more than three times the number the habitat can sustainably support in conjunction with other authorized land uses. At the same time, the BLM continues to care for nearly 50,000 unadopted and unsold animals in its off-range corrals and pastures, costing taxpayers $50 million annually.

The public may address the Advisory Board on October 31. Individuals who wish to comment should register in person with the BLM at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the public comment period. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of comments, which has been set at three minutes per person during previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their comment to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There will be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments will be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement at least two weeks prior to the start of the meeting to: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Advisory Board, 20 M St. SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C., 20003. Comments may also be e-mailed two weeks before the meeting to the BLM at whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov. Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the June 7, 2019 Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov. A more detailed agenda and materials will be posted on the BLM website at BLM.gov/WHB prior to the meeting.

For additional information about the meeting, please contact Dorothea Boothe, Acting Wild Horse and Burro Program Coordinator, at (202) 912-7654 or at dboothe@blm.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. Boothe during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.