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Project: South Steens Gather Plan for the South Steens Herd Management Area

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Andrews
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-B050-2010-0005-EA  Environmental Assessment / FONSI
Document Publish Date: 11/10/2009
Summary: The EA analyzes effects of achieving and sustaining the Appropriate Management Level (AML) for wild horses including gathering of excess horses within the boundaries of South Steens Herd Management Area (HMA) and any wild horses outside or adjacent to the HMA. The current population of wild horses within the gather area is estimated to be 584 animals. The AML for the herd is 159 to 304 wild horses. The AML for South Steens HMA has been previously established based on monitoring data and following thorough public review. The Proposed Action is to capture wild horses (90 percent of the population) in the HMA and all excess horses outside South Steens HMA.
Public Review Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Review End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Burns District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 573-4400
Program Areas: Range/Wild Horses
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-B050-2010-0005-EA  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 11/10/2009
Summary: Implement the Proposed Action which allows the capture of 90 percent of wild horses in the HMA as well as immunocontraceptive use on 30 to 40 mares. Eighty mares and 79 studs will remain either ungathered or be returned to the HMA at completion of the gather, leaving a post-gather population of 159 horses. Gather operations will begin on or about November 11, 2009, and last until management objectives are attained.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 11/10/2009
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 12/10/2009
Contact: Burns District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 573-4400
Program Areas: Range/Wild Horses