BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Photo by Laura Leigh, Horseback Magazine

Courtesy Tom Gorey, BLM

WASHINGTON, (BLM) – The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has made selections for three positions on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  The BLM has chosen Callie Hendrickson of Grand Junction, Colorado, as a new appointee for the category of General Public; June C. Sewing of Cedar City, Utah, as a new appointee for the category of  Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy; and  Boyd M. Spratling, DVM, of Deeth, Nevada, as a re-appointee to the category of Veterinary Medicine.  These individuals will each serve three-year terms as members of the Advisory Board.


Hendrickson is Executive Director, White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts, and owner and consultant for E-Z Communications.  As executive director of the conservation districts, Ms. Hendrickson has extensive experience in addressing public rangeland health concerns for the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.  Her career is focused on natural resource policy development and education.  She has served on the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Mesa County 4-H Foundation, Mesa County Farm Bureau, and the Mesa County Cattlewomen.  Ms. Hendrickson replaces Janet M. Jankura.

Ms. Sewing is Executive Director and Secretary for the National Mustang Association, for which she has worked since 1985.  Her current responsibilities include management of the association’s wild horse sanctuary.  Ms. Sewing has also served as the president of various charitable organizations, as trustee on the Cedar City hospital board for 20 years, and on a local committee dealing with the endangered Utah prairie dog.  Ms. Sewing has received a Citizen Volunteer award from the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Realtors, and Southern Utah University.  Ms. Sewing replaces Robin Lohnes.

Dr. Spratling is actively engaged in the practice of large animal veterinary medicine in Elko County, Nevada, where he has lived since 1963.  He has been involved in the practice of veterinary medicine since he graduated from Washington State University in 1975.  Dr. Spratling, a current member of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, has twice served as President of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association; he also serves on t

he Board of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

BLM Director Bob Abbey commended the outgoing members, saying, “Robin Lohnes and Janet Jankura served during challenging times and I commend each of them for moving the BLM forward in its efforts to achieve a ‘new normal’ for the Wild Horse and Burro Program.  Robin also deserves kudos for her years of outstanding leadership as chair of the Advisory Board.”

The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions.

The BLM manages more land – over 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency.

This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.

The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

11 comments for “BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

  1. Bob Wood
    February 7, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Thanks for this article Steve! It led me to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. It is only an 8 page document, but it was informative as to how the program is supposed to be administered. It appears that if the wild horses or burros abandon any land, the Secretary of the Interior has no authority to put wild horses or burros back on that land as a method of herd control

    (§ 1339. Limitation of authority
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the Secretary to relocate wild free-roaming horses or burros to areas of the public lands where they do not presently exist.).

    This appears conducive to the wild horses and burros eventually losing all public land access in the future. Is there a legitimate concern in this area, or am I comprehending something in error?

    It’s hard to understand why, with 245 million acres of public lands, the DOI wouldn’t want to expand the herd sizes. Does anybody know, off hand, how many acres are now inhabited by wild free roaming horses and burros?

    • donald barr
      February 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      It is not about the land resources , its just the number, if blm leaves the horses out there they reproduce, and the numbers grow and their long term holdings grow and so do there feed cost.Every thing is times .20 23000 or 48000 its just the math. I would like to try a predator system to keep them in check but they dont want to open that door, New mexico has some of that and they gather fall fewer times.

      • admin
        February 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        It strikes us that nobody at BLM has ever taken the time or trouble to read Darwin on natural selection. Predator control is by far the best.

        The Editor

        • Lynn
          February 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          Cloud’s herd was controlled very well by predators until the BLM killed them all off too. Now the BLM has some expert that says perdators can not control the horse population. I expect nothing less from the BLM then to say that. Of course its the ranchers that don’t want predators back.

          • Bob Wood
            February 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

            I don’t think the ranchers want predators or wild free roaming horses and burros back. They would rather utilize public land for cattle grazing.

      • Bob Wood
        February 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Three points of question:

        If herd size increases, and there are 245 million, why can’t animals be relocated when overpopulation occurs.

        Predation and natural attrition, coupled with a partial sterilization program, would seem sufficient. Coyotes alone have brought down creatures of size, including humans, and surely take a toll on newborn colts and older, weaker adults.

        I need to brush up on feed costs. If they free range, I would think food supplementation would be minimal, especially in comparison to programs similar to the Elk herd food supplementation program in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

        • Bob Wood
          February 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

          I meant to say 245 million acres of public land.

        • admin
          February 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

          As in all things BLM, follow the money.

          The Editor

      • Ann M. Marini, Ph.D., M.D.
        February 8, 2012 at 1:51 am

        Mr. Barr,
        I grow so tired of these outlandish, inflated and exaggerated numbers. If it were up to the BLM to do the human census, you can bet that they would double the number.

        The BLM’s don’t add up and the percentage they use for projected numbers of horses on the range are literally out of this world.

        The BLM is a rogue agency that LIES, LIES and LIES some more. They all need to be FIRED. Save our hard-earned taxpayer dollars and FIRE all of them.

        • Ann M. Marini, Ph.D., M.D.
          February 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

          The BLM needs to RESTORE the 19 million acres they took away from the wild horses and burros and allow the wild horses and burros back on that land. Since the horses were on that land before the BLM ruthlessly removed them, the wild horses and burros can be returned to those 19 million acres.

          • Bob Wood
            February 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

            Hear-hear, and NOW!

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