Tuesday, August 8, 2017
New Mexico Wild/Feral Horse Summit
New Mexico Wild/Feral Horse Summit The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU‐ACES) will be hosting the first New Mexico Wild/Feral Horse Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Friday, August 11, 2017. The objective of this event is to bring together experts, land managers, land users, and researchers to discuss the issues surrounding the management of New Mexico (NM) wild/feral horse populations. Although NM is the western state with the second lowest population of wild horses and burros (170 according to 2016 estimates published by the BLM), unauthorized horses on public land allotments, especially in checkerboard areas of the northwestern part of the state, are cause for alarm among land managers and users alike. On rangelands not far from the checkerboard, BLM and USFS are striving to find creative ways of managing wild horses on the Jicarilla Joint Management Area (JMA). In 2014, it was estimated that horse populations were almost 3 times higher than appropriate levels for JMA. With annual population growth rates at 20%, the horse‐related challenges continue to worsen across the region. Additionally, there is concern that wild horses are negatively impacting wildlife habitat including habitat of already declining mule deer populations. These types of challenges occur on other federal and state managed and tribal lands in New Mexico and west wide. The Summit will feature speakers from several government agencies who will provide updates on the current state and magnitude of the New Mexico wild/feral horse management challenges. Speakers include Dr. Ralph Zimmerman, DVM, with the NM Livestock Board, Dr. Tolani Francisco, DVM, with the USDA Forest Service, Mr. Jeff Tafoya, with the USDI Bureau of Land Management, and Dr. Scott Bender (DVM). The NM Wild/Feral Horse Summit begins at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm, lunch will be provided. An important objective of this summit is to allow ample time for discussion to identify opportunities for collaboration among members of the research community at NMSU‐ACES and land management agencies and land users. Please RSVP to Dana Wiebe at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1200pm on Wednesday 9 August 2017. For more information please contact Dr. Samuel Smallidge email@example.com or 575‐646‐5944.