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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 05/20/10
Contacts: Contact: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-10-65

BLM Seeking Public Comments on Environmental Analysis for Wild Horse Gather


The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Eagle Lake Field Office is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment (EA) addressing  a proposed gather and removal of an overpopulation of wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), northeast of Susanville, Calif.

The EA is available online at www.blm.gov/ca/eaglelake.   Those who prefer the document in written or compact disc form should contact the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456.  A 30-day public scoping period runs through June 18, 2010.     The BLM will consider comments in developing a Decision Record to be released this summer.

Comments can be sent to Eagle Lake Field Office, Attn:  Twin Peaks Wild Horse Gather, 2950 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA  96130. Comments may also be sent via email to twinpeaks@ca.blm.gov.  To be most helpful, comments should be specific to the alternatives presented in the EA.

The BLM proposes removing about 1,800 wild horses and approximately 200 wild burros to bring the wild herd within established population levels.

The purpose of the gather is to return the population of horses and burros to its appropriate management level (AML), or population range, established through the Eagle Lake Resource Management Plan, developed with full public involvement in 2008.  The AML, which determines the number of animals the range can sustain, is between 448-758 horses and 72-116 burros.   The current population is estimated at about 2,300 horses and 280 burros, resulting in ongoing resource damage that is analyzed in the environmental assessment.

The proposed gather would remove sufficient horses and burros to bring the population within the AML.  The EA discusses the environmental effects of several gather alternatives, including use of fertility control and sex ratio structuring, and the consequences of taking no action.

The proposed action would restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple use relationship in the area consistent with the provisions of Section 3(b) (2) of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.




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