Wild Horse And Burro Resource Management
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, Public Law 92-195, as amended; Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Public Law 94- 579; Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978, Public Law 95-514.
The goal of the Wild Horses and Burro Resource Management program is to achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse and burro populations on the public lands.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants; Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; Provision of Specialized Services; Advisory Services and Counseling; Dissemination of Technical Information; Training.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Projects are designated to manage and protect wild free-roaming horses and burros to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands. Project assistance can be used in researching for improved censusing techniques and fertility control methods; and adopting excess animals removed from the range.
All Public Land users.
For grants awarded, cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and Local Governments; OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions; OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private foundations, firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-122.
Application and Award Process
Coordinate cooperative project proposals with BLM State or District Offices. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Offers of Assistance are coordinated by Bureau State and Field Offices. No specific application forms apply, except for grants awarded, the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations", must be used by this program.
Projects are reviewed at State level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director or Field Office Manager.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Projects are approved through the Bureau budget cycle that normally requires at least one year to receive funding.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory matching funds requirement, however, applicants offering matching funds are more likely to be funded.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions, however, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year.
Post Assistance Requirements
Performance monitoring schedules and/or progress reports will be developed in consultation with the applicant, but at a minimum will take place at least once during the life of a project.
Projects will be audited at least once during life cycle. Grants awarded to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations". In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records relating to work performed and costs are kept by the Bureau. There is no fixed records schedule. Records for grants awarded to State and Local Governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations".
FY 07 $1,490,093; FY 08 est $2,950,000; and FY 09 est $5,700,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have run between $10,000 to $400,000. Average amounts run about $60,000 or less.
The BLM has made significant progress in achieving appropriate management levels of wild horses and burros on public lands. The BLM implemented close coordination with its advisory board and interested non-profits to gain efficiencies in the adoption program. BLM is continuing the investigation of fertility control, which has shown promise as a population control tool.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The wild horse and burro program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 4700. BLM Manuals and Handbooks 4700 - 4770 provide basic program operational guidance for the wild horses and burro program and may be obtained by accessing the BLM library through the internet.
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Group Manager, Wild Horses and Burros Group, Bureau of Land Management (WO 260), 1849 C St, N.W., 402 LS, Washington, DC 20240-9998. Telephone: (202) 452-5073. Please contact the specific BLM State Office where you wish to apply.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Development of the National Wild Horse and Burro Foundation working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management to ensure healthy wild horses and burros through the successful placement of excess animals for future generations. BLM's continued research into population level fertility control along with research on population census techniques. Cooperative program with the States to provide for long-term holding of excess wild horses on private lands.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to BLM's management of wild horse and burro herds and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.