BLM Seeking New Off-Range Wild Horse, Burro Pasture Bids
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals for new public off-range pastures that will provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands while also allowing for regular public visitation.
The BLM said this action is part of its effort to address growing wild horse and burro populations on public rangelands. As of March 1, the agency estimated the wild horse and burro population on public lands at 81,951 animals, which is more than triple the number of animals the land can support in conjunction with other legally mandated land uses. This chronic overpopulation increases the risk of damage to rangeland resources and raises the chances of starvation and thirst for animals in overpopulated herds, the agency said.
New public off-range pastures are a more cost-effective and efficient approach to managing costs for animals in holding while providing the public with opportunities to view wild horses in a natural setting. The pastures will also provide opportunities for the public to adopt animals into private care to help reduce the number of animals in holding facilities.
One or more public off-range pasture contracts will be awarded and each pasture must accommodate at least 100 to 500 wild horses. Selected participants will be contracted by the BLM to provide humane care for up to 10 years.
Proposals will be accepted through July 10 from facilities in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
All applicants are required to possess a Dun and Bradstreet number authorizing them to conduct business with the federal government. These can be obtained at dnb.com. Applicants are then asked to access the System for Award Management at sam.gov. There is no fee involved.
A bid solicitation form describes what applicants should submit and where to send application information. To obtain the form:
- Go to fedconnect.net;
- Click on “Search Public Opportunities”;
- Under “Search Criteria,” select “Reference Number”;
- Enter the solicitation number “L15PS00182”; and
- Click “Search” and the solicitation information will appear.
For assistance, contact Kemi Ismael at 202/912-7098 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ismael can assist with general questions and/or coordinate a meeting between applicants and a local BLM contracting officer and small business specialist. A list of frequently asked questions with additional information is available at blm.gov/whb.