U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Battle Mountain District Office
|Release Date: 05/27/10|
|News Release No. 2010-13|
Tonopah Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available for Public Comment
Tonopah, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office is proposing to remove about 198 excess wild horses from the Reveille Allotment and Herd Management Area (HMA) to bring the number of wild horses in the HMA to 80 wild horses. The Reveille HMA is located in Nye County, about 50 miles east of Tonopah, Nev. The gather is expected to begin in September.
The proposal and associated impacts are described and analyzed in the Reveille HMA Wild Horse Gather Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA). The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the EA by June 25, 2010. Comments received during the public review period will be analyzed and considered as part of the decision-making process.
The EA may be viewed at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field_office.html. Questions and written comments should be mailed to Thomas J. Seley, Tonopah Field Manager, Tonopah Field Office, P.O. Box 911 (1553 S. Main St.), Tonopah, NV 89049. Comments may also be provided through e-mail to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available.
The gather is needed to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) in the Reveille HMA to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse population, wildlife, livestock and vegetation. The BLM issued its Final Multiple Use Decision (FMUD) in June 2001 and an Amended Wild Horse Management Decision in October 2001, which established 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 231, which exceeds the established AML of 138 by 93 animals. After the foaling season in 2010, the population will grow to an estimated 278 wild horses.
It is estimated that 250 or 90-95 percent of the anticipated 278 wild horses in the Reveille Allotment and HMA would be gathered. Approximately 198 excess wild horses would be removed with first priority for removal being excess horses residing outside of the HMA boundaries within the Reveille Allotment. The post gather goal is for 80 wild horses to remain in the HMA.
Fertility control treatment would be given to the mares released back to the HMA. The sex ratios of the wild horses would be adjusted to favor studs (60 percent studs, 40 percent mares). Both of these population control measures would help to slow population growth in order to maintain wild horse population levels within the low range established AML (80), potentially increasing the time before another gather is necessary, and reducing the numbers of wild horses that would need to be gathered and removed in future years.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Battle Mountain District Office 1553 S. Main Street Tonopah, NV 89049
|Last updated: 06-01-2010|
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