WASHINGON, DC (KIFI) – The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service have reappointed three members of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

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

“I am grateful to these individuals for recommitting to serving on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board,” said Tracy Stone-Manning, BLM Director. “I look forward to working with them and the rest of the board on the pressing issues facing America’s wild horses and donkeys and the public lands on which they roam.”

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

Ms. Celeste Carlisle of Esparto, Calif., was reappointed for her second term in the wild horse and donkey defense category. She previously served as Chair of the Advisory Board from March 2021 until her term expires in September 2021. Ms Carlisle has over 10 years of experience in field biology and equine management, and is currently a biologist and manager of the science program for nature. Return to Freedom horse shelter and advocacy organization. Ms. Carlisle earned a BS in Equine Animal Science from Oregon State University and a BA in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Thomas Lenz of Louisburg, Kansas was reappointed for his second term in the Equine Medicine category. Dr. Lenz has been an equine practitioner for over 40 years and is a leading expert in the field of equine science. Dr. Lenz is also the founding chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition – an alliance of equine organizations under the American Horse Council whose mission is to educate the equine industry about unwanted horses. In addition to a degree in veterinary medicine, Dr. Lenz earned a master’s degree in equine reproduction and is certified in theriogenology (equine reproduction).

Dr. Barry Perryman of Reno, Nevada was reappointed for his second term in the Public Interest category (with special knowledge of wild horse and donkey protection, wildlife management, animal husbandry or natural resource management). Dr. Perryman is an accomplished writer and a strong advocate for responsible management of public lands. Dr. Perryman has served on several appointed boards and has organized and facilitated meetings of various public interests. Dr. Perryman teaches range ecology and management at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he is also chair of the Department of Agricultural, Veterinary, and Range Sciences, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and natural resources. He obtained a doctorate. and an MS in Range Ecology and Management from the University of Wyoming, and a BS in Agronomy from Abilene Christian University.

Find more information about the National Wild Horse and Donkey Advisory Council.


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