BLM Seeks Input on Nevada Wild Horse Gather Plan

BLM Seeks Input on Nevada Wild Horse Gather Plan

The BLM says the proposed gather is needed to improve watershed health and make significant progress towards achieving range health standards recommended by the BLM’s Mojave/Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public review and comment on a plan to gather wild horses for up to 10 years in the Caliente Herd Area Complex, which is located near Caliente, Nevada, in southern Lincoln County.

The Wild Horse Gather Plan Preliminary Environmental Assessment is being conducted by the BLM Ely District’s Caliente Field Office and will be available for public review and comment for 30 days. The Caliente Herd Complex Area consists of nine herd areas; Applewhite, Blue Nose Peak, Clover Creek, Clover Mountains, Delamar Mountains, Little Mountain, Meadow Valley Mountains, Miller Flat, and Mormon Mountains. The 30-day public comment period concludes Jan. 5, 2018.

The BLM is proposing to gather and remove wild horses in and outside herd area boundaries. The agency says the proposed action is needed to improve watershed health and make significant progress towards achieving range health standards recommended by the BLM’s Mojave/Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council. The proposed gather plan would allow for an initial gather with follow-up gathers for up to 10 years from the date of the initial gather. The plan calls for transporting gathered horses to holding facilities where they would be offered for adoption.

The BLM manages wild horse populations in designated areas of public lands where they were found in 1971 and which have enough available food and water to ensure healthy horses thrive on healthy rangelands in the long-term in balance with other legal uses of the land. The agency said the Caliente Herd Area Complex is not designated for wild horses due to insufficient forage and water resources available within the complex to maintain healthy wild horses and rangelands over the long-term. The BLM’s decision to not manage for wild horses within the Caliente Herd Area Complex is based on analysis in the November 2007 Ely Proposed Resource Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, the BLM said. As of March 2017, the estimated wild horse population is 1,744, including foals.

The preliminary environmental assessment (PEA) for the Caliente Herd Area Complex Wild Horse Gather is available online at go.usa.gov/xn5cZ for a 30-day review period, which began Dec. 5, 2017.

Hardcopies of these documents are available upon request from the Ely District. Substantive comment submissions will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. PST on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. All comments received during the public comment period will be fully considered and evaluated for preparation of the final PEA. Questions and written comments should be directed to:

Bureau of Land Management Ely District Office
Attention: Ben Noyes, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
702 N. Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301

Comments can also be submitted electronically at blm_nv_eydo_caliente_complex_ea@blm.gov. E-mail messages should include “Caliente Herd Area Complex Wild Horse Gather” in the subject line.

Commenters should be aware before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in their comment, that their entire comment—including identifying information—could be made available to the public. Although people can ask the BLM in their comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The agency stated that anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.

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