U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Battle Mountain District Office
|Release Date: 07/20/10|
|News Release No. 2010-21|
BLM Signs Final Decision Record for Reveille Wild Horse Gather
Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office, has issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Reveille Wild Horse Gather Plan. The decision is for the BLM to gather and remove excess wild horses so that about 80 wild horses remain in the herd management area (HMA). Fertility control will be used to slow population growth to reduce the need for future gathers. The Reveille HMA is located approximately 50 miles east of Tonopah and 12 miles south of Warm Springs, in Nye County, Nevada. The gather is tentatively scheduled to begin during the first week of September 2010.
The gather is needed to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) in order to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse population, wildlife and vegetation. The BLM issued its Final Multiple Use Decision in June 2001, and an Amended Wild Horse Management Decision in October 2001, establishing the AML at 138 wild horses for the Reveille HMA.
The gather also is a Court mandated action resulting from a 1987 settlement agreement that directs the BLM to remove excess wild horses when the population exceeds the established AML. The current wild horse population for the HMA is approximately 278, which exceeds the established AML of 138 by 140 animals. After the foaling season in 2010, the population will grow to an estimated 278 wild horses.
“The current wild horse population in the HMA is twice what the range can handle,” said Tonopah Field Manager Tom Seley. “Presently there are about 278 and the range can support less than half of that amount. We will gather and remove 198 excess wild horses and leave 80 in order to ensure a healthy wild horse population and prevent further deterioration of water and vegetation used by wildlife. The BLM will leave 80 wild horses within the HMA to allow 3-5 years of population growth before another gather is necessary. A large number of wild horses have moved outside the HMA boundaries. This number will grow as the summer heat dries water sources and the horses search for more forage and water.
The BLM will use helicopters to gather the wild horses and will transport the animals by motorized vehicles. The use of helicopters, which is authorized by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, has proven to be the safest and most practical means for gathering excess wild horses.
Wild horses removed from the range will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for, and will retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 law. The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Reveille Capture Plan Final EA. The EA, Decision Record, associated documents, maps and other information about the Reveille HMA are posted on the BLM Battle Mountain website at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html.
The BLM also will provide updates and information at the same web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather. For more information, please call the Tonopah Field Office Manager Tom Seley, 775-482-7800.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Battle Mountain District Office 50 Bastian Road Battle Mountain, NV 89820
|Last updated: 07-20-2010|
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