BLM holds public meeting in Susanville, CA.
"But, when asked when the last time changes were made in response to public comments, Haug and other BLM officials were unable to provide an answer."
SUSANVILLE, CA (Mynews4.com & KRNV)- The BLM is required to hold an annual public comment meeting on the use of aircraft and motor vehicles during roundups. According to BLM, the purpose is to hear what the public has to say and make changes if needed. The public however, feels differently.
“Mustangs deserve respect,” said Tina Brodrick of Reno. Brodrick drove an hour and a half to tell the BLM how she opposed any forceful kind of gathering.
Tina was one of three women who stood up and spoke. Barbara White lives in Susanville and believes it was an unfair place to have the meeting. “I have an issue with you having the meeting so far away,” she said.” White said having only four people show up is not a good enough representation from the public for a once a year meeting.
But northern California District Manager Nancy Haug says the BLM felt this was a good location. “Susanville is fairly central to the northern California district,” said Haug.
Other wild horse and burro advocates told News 4 prior to the meeting it was not just the time and location that prevented them from attending, but the fact that they do not feel as if their comments go towards any change.
Haug says the comments go to the BLM’s national office. “If something comes out we can make a change,” said Haug.
But, when asked when the last time changes were made in response to public comments, Haug and other BLM officials were unable to provide an answer.