Obama Horse Agency Long Overdue in Naming Wild Horse Board Members

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – The federal Bureau of Land Management has extended the expired terms of three long gone outgoing trustees of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The board members continue to serve.

“The outgoing members terms expired on June 14, 2010.  These terms have been temporarily extended until new nominees are appointed, “ said BLM national spokesman Tom Gorey.

 Each of the hold over trustees represents an area of the agency’s interest. They are:

Ms. Renee Taylor – Livestock Management


Vernon D.  Dooley – Wild Horse and Burro Management


J. Wayne Burkhardt – Natural Resources Management 

All oversee areas that are in the direct line of fire of wild horse advocates critical of the agency’s massive roundups which some say will eventually cause the North American Mustang to become extinct.

“The nominations for the three positions are currently with the Director, who is reviewing them,” Gorey said. “Once he makes his choices, they go to the Interior Secretary for his review.  Once the Interior Secretary approves, the selections go to the Agriculture Secretary for his review.  Once the Agriculture Secretary signs off, the nominees can take their positions.”

 Gorey told Horseback Magazine that BLM Director Bob Abbey has already named the prospective replacement board members but refused to make them public.

Asked if the secretive bureau was hiding the identity of its appointees, an official in Abbey’s office said the names are being kept secret, not by law, but through BLM Policy.

2 comments for “Obama Horse Agency Long Overdue in Naming Wild Horse Board Members

  1. Puller
    February 19, 2011 at 1:29 am

    What exactly does the Wild Horse Board do? I mean, we are paying their salaries. As an employer, I would like to know what they do. Is there a Livestock Board as well? A Hunter’s Board? A Mining Board?

    Apparently, their job is to review information and make recommendations? Do they have the authority to request studies? Or must this go through the panoply of government bureaucracy? Must there be a quorum? Or can any member of the board request a study?

    As this pertains to non-hunted/farmed animals on Public Lands, should not the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus not review some recommendations?

  2. equusprimus
    February 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Outrageous! There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for this. These people should have been replaced long ago and with real WILD HORSE AND BURRO EXPERTS — NOT with big game hunters, ranchers, vets who are beholden to ranchers, cattlemen and range “experts” who are really part of the National Cattlemen’s Association. This board is STACKED against the wild ones and surely he will be appointing more of the same when he replaces these 3 useless former appointees.

    This WH&B Advisory Board needs to be completely disbanded and reformed as a coalition of actual WILD HORSE EXPERTS like Gus Cothran, Jay Fitzpatrick, Ginger Kathrens, Jill Starr, Laura Leigh, Craig Downer, Karen Sussman, Neda DeMayo, Rod Rondeaux — you know, people who all actually know volumes about wild horses, how they live, how they behave, how to deal with them. A panel like that should be chaired by Congressman Raul Grijalva, who has shown time and again his understanding of the unique importance of protecting and nurturing America’s Wild Horses & Burros — as opposed to the wild horse hating bureaucrats now in charge of the BLM and their Advisory Board who do everything in their power to eliminate as many wild equines as possible so they can expand cattle,hunting, energy and mining on OUR public lands. This madness needs to stop because Americans are really getting fed up with this nonsense!

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