The Wild Horse & Burro Volunteer Resource Center was created to guide and support volunteers in the documentation of wild horses and burros on the public land Herd Management Areas (HMA’s) in the US.
The goal is to develop a group of volunteer advocates to participate in on-range management of our wild horse and burro herds in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Wild horse advocates have created this Resource Center to engage, educate, support, and empower volunteers to accomplish boots-on-the-ground tasks in support of local BLM management. The Resource Guide was developed by several advocacy groups—from novice groups to the advocates who have been doing on-range management for decades.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971
"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer
spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the
American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene."
There are approximately 170 wild horse herds that are in need of volunteers to join with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure the animals’ futures as wild and free-roaming.
All wild horses and burros in short-term and long-term holding pens will either have been adopted or will have lived out their natural lives in captivity. A 10-year plan to reduce short-term holding to zero will gradually reduce the wild population. Part of that solution to this reduction in holding is having people like you volunteer and help keep our wild horses and burros wild. Along with natural adoptions, moving to long-term holding, moving to repatriated HMAs, natural mortality, and ending roundups will all help achieve this goal.
Volunteer advocates and all levels of the BLM are shifting their focus, energy and resources toward enabling on-the-range management volunteer groups to reduce, and then eliminate, short-term holding and long-term holding.
What is the long-term goal?
Each volunteer group would be working along with the BLM to assist the herd become self-managing—keeping the wild horses and burros free.