July 17 community briefs
Public input sought on natural hazard mitigation
The city of Newberg is seeking input from the public on its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan as part of a five-year update being done in conjunction with the University of Oregon and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and using funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
"A natural hazard mitigation plan provides communities with a set of goals, action items and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events," a news release from the city said. "Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities and economic hardship, reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs, increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process, and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects."
An electronic version of the draft Newberg Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for formal public comment through July 29 at NewbergOregon.gov/nhmp.
The plan was last updated in 2013 and Newberg is among the Yamhill County communities required to update or amend its plans in 2020.
BLM begins horse and burro auction
The Bureau of Land Management began hosting an online wild horse and burro auction July 14 and will continue through July 21.
The event is being held on the bureau's adoption-center website and features 19 horses from southeast Oregon and numerous others from the BLM western mustang holding facilities.
Interested individuals can find rules and qualifications for adoption on the agency's website: blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro
The 19 horses from Oregon are 6 to 21 years old, all of which are available for adoption. The BLM is giving $1,000 to qualified applicants who purchase an untrained animal through the Adoption Incentive Program. Bids start at $25. Animals will be available for pickup at multiple locations across the country, including Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois.
The BLM created the adoption agency in 1978 when wild horse and burro populations on public lands "increased to such numbers that more intensive management became necessary," according to the BLM website.
More recently, the agency created its "Online Corral" program in 2018. The Internet-based auction hopes to increase the number of wild equines placed in private care.
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