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BLM and Forest Service re-appoint 3 wild horse and burro advisory board members 

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WASHINGON, D.C. (KIFI) — The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service have re-appointed three members to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

The advisory board is comprised of nine people of diverse expertise and backgrounds who provide guidance and recommendations to the BLM and the Forest Service on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands. Members serve three-year terms.  

“I am thankful to these folks for again committing to serve on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Board on the pressing issues facing America’s wild horses and burros and the public lands on which they roam.” 

“The USDA Forest Service is pleased that three very qualified people have been approved to serve on the Interagency Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board,” said Forest Service Deputy Director Chuck Oliver. “The Forest Service is looking forward to working with them on solving the issues we share with the BLM in management of wild horses and burros on our public lands.” 

Ms. Celeste Carlisle of Esparto, California was re-appointed to her second term for the category of wild horse and burro advocacy. She previously served as Chairperson of the Advisory Board from March 2021 until her term expired in September 2021. Ms. Carlisle has more than 10 years of field biology and equine management experience, and she currently serves as the Biologist and Science Program Manager for the wild horse sanctuary and advocacy organization Return to Freedom. Ms. Carlisle earned a B.S. in equine animal science from Oregon State University and a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  

Dr. Thomas Lenz of Louisburg, Kansas was re-appointed to his second term for the category of equine medicine. Dr. Lenz has been an equine practitioner for more than 40 years and is a leading expert in the field of equine sciences. Dr. Lenz is also the founding chair of the Unwanted Horse Coalition – an alliance of equine organizations under the American Horse Council whose mission is to educate the horse industry about unwanted horses. In addition to a veterinary medical degree, Dr. Lenz earned a M.S. in equine reproduction and is board-certified in theriogenology (equine reproduction).   

Dr. Barry Perryman of Reno, Nevada was re-appointed to his second term for the category of public interest (with a special knowledge about protection of wild horses and burros, management of wildlife, animal husbandry or natural resource management). Dr. Perryman is an accomplished writer and passionate advocate for responsible management of public lands. Dr. Perryman has served on several appointed councils and has organized and facilitated meetings of diverse public interests. Dr. Perryman teaches Rangeland Ecology and Management at the University of Nevada-Reno where he also serves as the Department Chair for Agriculture, Veterinary and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. He has earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Management from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. in Agronomy from Abilene Christian University.   

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