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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Yuma Field Office
 
Release Date: 01/30/12
Contacts: Lori Cook, Public Affairs Specialist 928-317-3243 or cell 928-246-8560    

Draft Environmental Assessment for Wild Burro Gather Available for Comment


Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a wild burro gather scheduled to begin in April 2012. This document was developed to address habitat impacts caused by excess wild burros in the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA). This document is available for a 30-day public review and comment period, ending on February 29, 2012.

The Draft EA analyzes the proposal to gather 400 wild burros from the HMA. The gather is needed for the Cibola-Trigo herd to approach the Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 165 wild burros in accordance with the BLM Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan. BLM needs to achieve AML in order to prevent damage to vegetation within the HMA by excess animals and to maintain a healthy herd. This action would bring the management of wild burros and horses closer to a thriving, natural ecological balance. 

The Draft EA may be reviewed on the BLM internet website at www.blm.gov/az or copies of the Draft EA are available at the BLM Yuma Field Office; 2555 East Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona. Written comments about this proposal will be accepted until February 29, 2012. Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision. The comments should be specific to be most effective. Comments can be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention John Hall; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona 85365; faxed to 928-317-3250; or emailed to BLM_AZ_YFO@blm.gov.

For more information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact John Hall at 928-317-3202.



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Last updated: 01-30-2012