LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Lakeview Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has engaged in a public-private partnership to implement a three-prong strategy for wild horse herd management. To introduce the effort to the public, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility in Adel, Ore. Presentations describing the partnership and short training demonstrations will be given at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. BLM and facility staff will be on hand throughout the day to guide visitors around the site and answer questions.
The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather, Fertility Control, and Training Program highlights the value partnerships bring to managing sustainable, working public lands.
"It's all about the management of the land," facility manager Zack Maita said. "It helps the horses, the sage grouse, the grasses and the cattle."
The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Herd Management Area encompasses more than 400,000 acres of public and private land in south central Oregon and also represents the largest continuous Sage Grouse Focal Area (SFA) in the state.
"It's good for the taxpayers and it's good for the environment," Maita continued, explaining that managing the herd population in a more sustainable manner on the ground should eliminate the need for large, expensive helicopter gather operations.
In addition to benefiting the land, the program has created new jobs in remote, rural Oregon. The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve, where we provide opportunities for economic growth with space for traditional uses such as ranching, mining, logging, and energy development as well as hunting and fishing.
As part of this open house event, the training center will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations regarding the partnership and its strategies, as well as short training demonstrations, will be given at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A silent auction of a gentled mustang will close at 2:30 p.m. The winner will have to fulfill BLM adoption requirements before the horse is released.