BLM Launches Scoping on Checkerboard Wild Horse Removal

BLM Launches Scoping on Checkerboard Wild Horse Removal

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The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Rock Springs, Wyoming, Field Office is proposing to remove all wild horses from the so-called “checkerboard lands” within and outside of the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town herd management areas (HMAs). Wild horses located within the BLM solid block lands of the HMAs will not be gathered.

Population surveys from 2015 indicate there are approximately 232 wild horses on checkerboard lands within the Great Divide Basin HMA, approximately 242 wild horses on checkerboard lands within the Salt Wells Creek HMA, and approximately 26 wild horses in the checkerboard lands within the Adobe Town HMA. The wild horse populations on the checkerboard lands exceed the limits set forth in the 2013 Consent Decree.

The removal of wild horses from the checkerboard portions of the HMAs, will be conducted under Section 4 of the Wild and Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burros Act of 1971, 16 U.S.C. §1334 and by regulation, 43 CFR 4720.2, and the consent decree entered by the U.S. District Court on April 3, 2013, in Rock Springs Grazing Association v. Salazar, Civ. No. 11-263-NDF (2013 Consent Decree).

Public input is valuable early in the process and will help enable the BLM to develop a well-informed environmental assessment. Written comments should be received by April 22 and should be e-mailed only toblm_wy_checkerboard_hmas@blm.gov (please include “Checkerboard Scoping Statement Comments” in the subject line) or mailed or hand-delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to the BLM Rock Springs Field Office, Checkerboard Scoping Comments, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, it cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact the BLM wild horse specialist at 307/352-0256.

A copy of the project map and additional details can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rsfo/Checkerboard.html.

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