The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the selections for the open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
Ginger Kathrens, MA, of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been appointed for the category of humane advocacy; Ben Masters of Bozeman, Montana, has been appointed for the category of wildlife management; and Steven Yardley of Beaver, Utah, has been appointed for the category of livestock management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the board.
Kathrens is the founder and executive director of the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve wild horses on public lands. Kathrens is an Emmy award-winning creator of the acclaimed Public Broadcasting System series documenting the birth and life of a Pryor Mountains wild stallion called “Cloud.” Kathrens is an honor graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a master’s degree in mass communications from Florida State University.
Masters, founder and chief executive officer of Fin & Fur Films LLC is best known for his successful documentary Unbranded, an account of a 3,000-mile ride on wild horses which was designed to raise awareness of the BLM’s adoption program and the myriad challenges facing public land managers. Masters holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University.
Yardley, vice president of Yardley Cattle Company, is a public land rancher and private landowner who holds grazing permits from the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service. A graduate of Southern Utah University, Yardley has been active with the Futur