U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
|Release Date: 09/01/11|
BLM Begins Winter Ridge Herd Area Wild Horse Gather and Removal
Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office will hold the Winter Ridge Herd Area (HA) Wild Horse Gather on September 9 through September 11, 2011.
The BLM is planning on gathering and removing approximately 150 excess wild horses from the Winter Ridge Herd Area vicinity beginning on September 9 through September 11, 2011. As outlined in the 2008 Vernal Resource Management Plan, all wild horses gathered in this area will be permanently removed from the HA.
Members of the public are welcome to view the gather operations daily once they begin, so long as the safety of the animals, staff, and observers is not jeopardized, and operations are not disrupted. During the gather, interested public may participate in an escorted tour by meeting at 5:30 a.m. at the Pelican Café in Ouray, Utah. Weather conditions and available resources may affect the projected schedule. Participants must provide their own transportation, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that the public dress for harsh field conditions. Binoculars as well as four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.
Updates and information will be available at: http://www.blm.gov/ut on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
The EA and Decision Record are available on line at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html
To learn more about the program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at:
For information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435) 979-2838.
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.
Utah State Office 440 West 200 South, Suite 500 SLC, UT 84104
|Last updated: 09-08-2011|
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