Wild Horse and Burro Resource Management


The goal of the Wild Horses and Burro Resource Management program is to achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse and burro populations on the public lands.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The BLM currently manages approximately 50,000 horses and burros in 190 herd management areas in 10 western states. Nationally, the appropriate management level (optimum number of animals on the range -AML) is about 30,000 animals. BLM has made significant progress towards achieving AML and continues removes excess animals from the range to reach AML and to avoid range deterioration. BLM plans to reduce population growth by increasing fertility control in partnership with the Humane Society (gather, treat and release mares using PZP) and adjusting sex ratios (gather, geld and release stallions) on the range. BLM looks forward to expanding partnerships for long term care of animals and creating new policies to increase adoptions and sales. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, Public Law 92-195, as amended; Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Public Law 94-579; Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978, Public Law 95-514.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/general public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All Public Land users.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Environmental impact information may be required for this program. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov in response to the advertised announcements and must include: the title, objectives, timeframes, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement. State plan is not required for this application.
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to BLM's management of wild horse and burro herds and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
Projects are designated to manage and protect wild free-roaming horses and burros to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands. Project assistance can be used in researching for improved censusing techniques and fertility control methods; and adopting or long term care of excess animals removed from the range. For more specific information contact the local or headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, recipients must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end of the grant performance. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end of the grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: The program has no statutory formula matching requirements. However, matching funds or in-kind services by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a one to five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. No commitment will be made to fund projects beyond one year. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated each year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief Bureau of Land Management, Division of Wild Horses and Burros, (WO 260), 1849 C St., NW, Room 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240-9998 Phone: (202) 912-7296
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $11,759,800; FY 15 est $11,759,800; and FY 16 est $10,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnerships projects have run between $85,000 to $3,180,000. Average amounts are $532,300 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The wild horse and burro program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 4700. BLM Manuals and Handbooks 4700 - 4770 provide basic program operational guidance for the wild horses and burro program and may be obtained by accessing the BLM library through the internet.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: BLM developed partnerships for research into population level fertility control along with research on population census techniques and programs to help place excess wild horses and burros in good homes. Assistance agreements have been awarded to state departments of correction in Colorado, Nevada, Kansas, Wyoming, and Mississippi to train wild horses making them more adoptable. Universities have been awarded to grants to conduct research on the genetic analysis of wild horse and burro herds. Fiscal Year 2015: Same as FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.


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