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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Announcement of meeting.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands.


The advisory board will meet Monday, August 26, 2002 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, and on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 from 8 a.m. to Noon local time.


The Advisory Board will meet at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse, Denver, CO, 80237.

Written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting should be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Submit written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting no later than close of business August 16, 2002. See Start Printed Page 49709 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access and filing address.

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Janet Nordin, Wild Horse and Burro Public Outreach Specialist, (775) 861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. Nordin at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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I. Public Meeting

Under the authority of 43 CFR part 1784, the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the BLM, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Chief, Forest Service, on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands. The tentative agenda for the meeting is:

Monday, August 26, 2002 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

8:00 Call to Order & Introductions

Co-chairs Comments & Housekeeping

Robin Lohnes/Gary Zakotnik

Welcoming Remarks

Ron Wenker/John Fend

8:30 Old Business:

Approval of March 2002 Minutes

Robin Lohnes

BLM Action on March 2002 Recommendations

John Fend

Charter Renewal & 2003 Nominations Update

John Fend

Annual WH&B Specialist Meeting Overview

Tom Pogacnik

Break (10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.)

10:15 Ad-Hoc Committee Report on Budget Initiative

Discussion of Proposed Alternatives

Hilleary Bogley, Wayne Burkhardt/Larry Johnson/Gary Zakotnik

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Old Business (continued):

Update on Pending Litigation

John Fend

Discussion on AML High/Low Numbers

John Fend/Tom Pogacnik

Break (2:30 p.m.—2:45 p.m.)

2:45 Old Business (continued)

Update on Immunocontraception Field Applicability

Linda Coates-Markle, National WH&B Research Coordinator

Update on National WH&B Research Strategy

Fertility Control Field Trial Plan

4:00 Public Comments

Robin Lohnes/Janet Nordin

4:45 Recap/Summary

Robin Lohnes

5-6:00 Adjourn


Tuesday, August 27, 2002 (8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.)

8:00 New Business:

Sonora Desert Proposal (Tentative)

Merle Edsall

Break (9:00 a.m.—9:15 a.m.)

9:15 Board Recommendations

Robin Lohnes

Report to Congress

Robin Lohnes/Gary Zakotnik

Next Meeting/Date/Site

12:00 Adjourn

Robin Lohnes

The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An individual with a disability needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, such as interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format, must notify the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although the BLM will attempt to meet a request received after that date, the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it.

The Federal advisory committee management regulations [41 CFR 101-6.1015(b),] require BLM to publish in the Federal Register notice of a meeting 15 days prior to the meeting date.

II. Public Comment Procedures

Members of the public may make oral statements to the Advisory Board on August 26, 2002, at the appropriate point in the agenda. This opportunity is anticipated to occur at 4:00 p.m. local time. Persons wishing to make statements should register with the BLM by noon August 26, 2002, at the meeting location. Depending on the number of speakers, the Advisory Board may limit the length of presentations. At previous meetings, presentations have been limited to three minutes in length. Speakers should address the specific wild horse and burro-related topics listed on the agenda. Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section or bring a written copy to the meeting.

Participation in the Advisory Board meeting is not a prerequisite for submission of written comments. The BLM invites written comments from all interested parties. Your written comments should be specific and explain the reason for any recommendation. The BLM appreciates any and all comments, but those most useful and likely to influence decisions on management and protection of wild horses and burros are those that are either supported by quantitative information or studies or those that include citations to and analysis of applicable laws and regulations. Except for comments provided in electronic format, speakers should submit two copies of their written comments where feasible. The BLM will not necessarily consider comments received after the time indicated under the DATES section or at locations other than that listed in the ADDRESSES section.

In the event there is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for a copy of your comments, the BLM will make them available in their entirety, including your name and address. However, if you do not want the BLM to release your name and address in response to a FOIA request, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. BLM will honor your request to the extent allowed by law. BLM will release all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, in their entirety, including names and addresses.

Electronic Access and Filing Address

Speakers may transmit comments electronically via the Internet to: Please include the identifier “WH&B” in the subject of your message and your name and address in the body of your message.

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Dated: July 26, 2002.

Sharon L. Kipping,

Acting Group Manager, Wild Horse and Burro Group.

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[FR Doc. 02-19350 Filed 7-30-02; 8:45 am]