BLM - Bureau of Land Management

10/31/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/31/2018 21:45

Bureau of Land Management recognizes Mustang Heritage Foundation’s contribution

WASHINGTON-In recognition of the contributions of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recognizing MHF during a Nov. 2-3 wild horse and burro event at Meadowood Recreation Area in Lorton, Virginia. The BLM's partnership with the MHF began in 2007 and since then the organization has been responsible for the placement of more than 11,200 wild horses and burros in good homes.

'The Mustang Heritage Foundation's commitment and contribution is a testament to the positive impact a committed, successful partner can provide the program,' said BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed. 'We're grateful for all the group's help and support in finding good homes for the animals.'

The primary mission of MHF is to create and promote programs and activities that elevate the image, trainability and placement of wild horses and burros, while educating the public about the program. The group will be recognized at 3 p.m. on Nov. 2 with a presentation by Kristin Bail, BLM, Assistant Director for Resources and Planning. Meadowood Recreation Area is located at 10406 Gunston Road, Lorton, Va.

Individuals interested in adopting a wild horse or burro should visit BLM website or call 866-468-7826 to learn more about the event schedule, available animals and requirements for adopting or purchasing an animal during the Lorton event.

The BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. As of March 1, 2018, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at approximately 81,950 animals, which is now more than triple the size the land can support along with other legally mandated uses. Chronic overpopulation increases the risk of damage to rangeland resources through overgrazing, and raises the chances of starvation and thirst for animals in overpopulated herds.