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For Immediate Release: June 5, 2007                                                                                                                          
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

BLM to Hold Public Meeting on Wild Horse Gathering

Staff from the Bureau of Land Management will discuss upcoming wild horse gather plans in a public meeting Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the BLM Surprise Field office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville.
BLM Range Management Specialist Steve Surian will provide details and answer questions about this year’s gathers on public land in far northwest Nevada and northeast California.
He will also discuss the BLM’s use of helicopters and motor vehicles in these gathering operations.
The BLM intends to gather excess horses from the Bitner, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon East, Massacre Lakes, Carter Reservoir and New Ravendale herd management areas.  
The BLM periodically gathers wild horses and burros from public land ranges to maintain herd populations in balance with available range food and water sources and with other range users including wildlife and permitted livestock.
Wild horses and burros are protected by a 1971 federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which requires that the BLM manage the herds and control populations. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 gives the agency authority to use vehicles and aircraft in herd management, and requires public meetings prior to such use.
For more information contact Surian at (530) 279-6101.
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Last updated: 06-21-2007