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    BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Adds New Members

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    September 29, 2018

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced its selections for three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

    Celeste Carlisle, of Esparto, California, has been appointed to the category of wild horse and burro advocacy; Thomas Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, of Louisburg, Kansas, has been appointed for the category of veterinary medicine; and Barry Perryman, MS, PhD, of Reno, Nevada, has been appointed for the category of public interest with a special knowledge about wild horse and burro protection, wildlife management, animal husbandry, or natural resource management.

    Each individual will serve a three-year term on the advisory board.

    Carlisle has 10 years of field biology and equine management experience, most notably serving as the Biologist and Science Program Manager for Return to Freedom, a private sanctuary for wild horses and burros in California. Working collaboratively with various stakeholders, she played a pivotal role in the creation of a detailed proposal for wild horse and burro management that was presented to the BLM and the U.S. Congress in 2017. She and other wild horse advocates also met with Interior Secretary Zinke to discuss the goals and objectives for sustainable management of wild horses and burros. Carlisle earned a BS in equine animal science from Oregon State University and a BA in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Lenz, an equine practitioner for more than 40 years, has special interest in the fields of equine science, reproduction, and welfare. He is the founding chair of the Unwanted Horse Coalition—a broad alliance of equine organizations under the American Horse Council that works to educate the horse industry about unwanted horses. In addition to a veterinary medical degree, Lenz earned a MS in equine reproduction and is board-certified in theriogenology (equine reproduction). His practical approach to understanding abandoned or otherwise unwanted horses, equine reproduction, and animal welfare will be an asset to the advisory board, the BLM said.

    Perryman has been a writer and advocate for the responsible Western public land stewardship for more than two decades. As an educator, he works collaboratively with various stakeholders to teach best management practices and encourage conservation and responsible public land use. Perryman has served on several appointed councils, organized and facilitated meetings populated by a diverse spectrum of public interests, and served as a wild horse and burro expert source for national print and broadcast media outlets. Perryman earned his PhD and MS in rangeland ecology and management from the University of Wyoming and teaches rangeland ecology and management at the University of Nevada-Reno. He earned a BS in agronomy from Abilene Christian University.

    The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM (an agency of the Department of the Interior) and the U.S. Forest Service (part of the Department of Agriculture) on managing and protecting wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as directed by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

    Board members, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions. More information about the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board can be found at BLM.gov/WHB.

    The next meeting of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is scheduled for Oct. 9-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the Sept. 5 Federal Register at go.usa.gov/xPcdQ.