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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Battle Mountain District
 
Release Date: 06/12/12
Contacts: Shawna Richardson , 775-635-4181 , Diamond_Complex_Gather@blm.gov
News Release No. BMDO 2012-25

BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposed Diamond Complex Wild Horse Gather


Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office is in the early planning stage for a proposed wild horse gather in the Diamond Complex (Diamond, Diamond Hills North and Diamond Hills South Herd Management Areas) in early 2013. The BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential impacts of a gather on the public land. The Diamond Complex of HMAs is north of Eureka, Nev.

The current estimated population of 826 wild horses is impacting rangeland health in the Complex. The Appropriate Management Level for the Diamond Complex is 210 wild horses, which was established through prior decision documents following the collection and analysis of monitoring data and coordination with the interested public.

The BLM is asking the interested public to submit comments, issues, alternatives, recommendations, or other input for inclusion into the preliminary EA. The Preliminary EA will be made available to the public in late August or early September, for a 30-day comment period.

The Diamond Complex is a diverse area consisting of 10,000-foot mountain peaks, steep drainages, rolling foothills, aspen stands, streams, springs and meadows. The Complex provides important habitat to a large diversity of wildlife including greater sage-grouse, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, raptors, migratory birds, coyote, mountain lion, and reptiles.

An on-site wild horse adoption is also being planned for this gather.

The scoping letter, map, and photos of the Diamond Complex are available on the Battle Mountain District website at  www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html. The website will continue to be updated to reflect the latest information on this important effort.

For more information regarding this proposal, contact Shawna Richardson, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, at 775-635-4181 or email comments to Diamond_Complex_Gather@blm.gov. Additional information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is also available on the internet at www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram.html.



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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-12-2012