BLM, Partners to Host Tour of Piceance-East Douglas HMA

The tour and barbeque will take place May 6 at the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA), in Colorado.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the nonprofit organization Friends of the Mustangs are hosting a tour and barbeque May 6 to celebrate the wild horses of the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA) southwest of Meeker, Colorado.

“The Piceance-East Douglas HMA is a great place to see wild horses, but it is somewhat remote,” said Lauren Brown, acting field manager for the BLM White River Field Office. “The tour is a great opportunity for the public to learn their way around the area and see wild horses. We will also discuss opportunities for the public to help with managing these horses.”

The day will begin at the Yellow Creek Corral, which is at the intersection of Rio Blanco County Roads 20 and 122. BLM specialists will lead tours of the HMA at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. A barbeque potluck begins at the corral at 5 p.m. Meat will be provided but attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Dinner will be followed by a discussion of managing the Piceance-East Douglas wild horses, including the possibility of incorporating volunteers.

“We are encouraging folks interested in the wild horses on the Piceance to form a volunteer partner group, such as the Friends of the Mustangs with the Little Book Cliffs herd or the Sand Wash Advocate Team in Sand Wash Basin,” Brown said

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