BLM seeks bids for new long-term pastures in western U.S. | News
The Bureau of Land Management is looking for pasture land to 'house' wild horses and burros, long term.
As part of the BLM's responsibility to manage and protect wild horses and burros, they are actively seeking bids for long-term pasture facilities to help care for these animals. The pastures must be located on land west of the Mississippi River, and must provide a 'free-roaming' environment, and be able to accomodate anywhere from 800 to 2,000 wild horses/burros. Another qualification for consideration is that humane care of these horses can be provided for at least one year, with an option to renew (under BLM contract) for another five to ten years.
In addition to the humane care, the BLM may require one or two public and/or media tours that will be hosted by agency staff and the contractor, during the life of the contract. Bids for consideration are open until August 1, and is 100 percent set aside for small businesses under the North American Industry Classification System.
The BLM’s bidding requirements are posted in solicitation L12PS00589, the details of which are available at http://www.fedconnect.net. To obtain the solicitation:
- (1) click on "Search Public Opportunities"
- (2) under Search Criteria, select "Reference Number"
- (3) put in the solicitation number (L12PS00589)
- (4) click "Search” and the solicitation information will appear
The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it. Applicants must be registered at http://www.ccr.gov to be considered for a contract award.
The BLM manages wild horses and burros as part of its overall multiple-use mission. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages and protects these special animals – declared by Congress to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” – while ensuring that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.
To make sure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands, the BLM periodically removes thousands of animals from the range each year to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population every four years.
Current population totals for 'free-roaming' wild horse and burro herds, managed by BLM are estimated to be at 37,300, some 11,000 over the number determined by the BLM to be a managable level.
Off the range, as of June 2012, there are more than 45,000 wild horses and burros cared for in either short-term corrals or long-term pastures. All these animals, whether on or off the range, are protected by the BLM under the 1971 law.