WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 11, 2013—The National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition (“Coalition”) submitted a statement for the meeting record of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, September 9, 10, and 11 in Washington, D.C. While the Coalition generally supports the findings of the National Academies of Sciences report, “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward,” it offered a number of recommendations based upon the following key finding from the report:
The Coalition continues to stress that the BLM should manage rangeland resources for multiple-use in accordance with the law and the land’s scientifically proven capability to accommodate a variety of uses, including the presence of horses, wildlife and livestock. The consistent application of sound science and economics in relation to animal and rangeland management should be used throughout the horse and burro program.
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Formed in 2012, the Coalition is a diverse partnership of 15 wildlife conservation and sportsmen organizations, industry partners, professional natural-resource scientific societies, and affiliates. We work together to identify proactive and comprehensive solutions to increase effective management of horse and burro populations and mitigate the adverse impacts these wild horses and burros have on healthy native fish, wildlife, and plants, and on the ecosystems on which they depend.