The Bureau of Land Management and the newly formed non-profit Piceance Mustangs are hosting a tour and barbecue May 5 to celebrate the wild horses of the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area southwest of Meeker.
“Recently folks interested in the wild horses of Piceance formed a volunteer partner group called Piceance Mustangs, similar to the Friends of the Mustangs with the Little Book Cliffs herd or the Sand Wash Advocate Team in the Sand Wash Basin,” said Benjamin Smith, Northwest District’s Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. “These groups play a critical role helping BLM with applying fertility control, identifying horses, helping with gathers and making improvements to the range.”
The public is invited to a barbecue sponsored by Piceance Mustangs,
which begins about noon at the intersection of Rio Blanco County Roads 24 (which is paved) and 91. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
The Piceance Mustangs will explain the status of the group and potential opportunities for people who are considering volunteering with the group. Piceance Mustangs members and BLM specialists will also lead tours to find wild horses in the Herd Management Area, which will conclude by 6 p.m.
On Sunday, May 6, work teams will assemble at 9 am. Lunch is provided.