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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
 
Release Date: 10/19/12
Contacts: Lisa Reid (435) 743-4481    

BLM Issues Decision for Frisco Wild Horse Herd Management
Area Plan (HMAP) and Gather, Treat, Release Plan


Cedar City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office has issued the decision for Frisco Wild Horse Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) and for the gather of excess wild horses from the Frisco Herd Management Area (HMA).  The decision was made to implement a HMAP that would outline the management goals and objectives for the Frisco HMA.  The management strategy of this plan would include increasing the lower Appropriate Management Level (AML), assure genetic diversity, assure riparian/wetland health, disperse wild horse use, direct population control methods, and improve water sources.   The decision includes the gather and removal of excess wild horses and application of fertility control to mares being release back to the HMA between two and four times over a 10-year period. The first of these gathers is planned to begin around the end of November 2012, with approximately 104 head of excess horses being removed and 31 head of mares being treated with fertility control and then released.
 
The Frisco HMA is located in Beaver and Millard County 15 miles northwest of Milford, Utah, and encompasses approximately 60,367 acres, with a current population estimated at 220 wild horses.  The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Frisco HMA under the new HMAP will be established at 30-60 wild horses.  
 
The gather is being conducted to meet local and national goals of slowing population growth, reducing the number of animals in short and long-term holding and maintain a thriving, natural ecological balance and multiple use relationship on public lands in the Frisco HMA. 

“Animals removed from the Frisco HMA will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program,” says Elizabeth Burghard, Cedar City Field Office Manager. “Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”

More details on the HMAP, gather and opportunities for public visitation will be available soon from the BLM.  The HMAP and gather impacts are described and analyzed in the Frisco Wild Horse Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) and Gather Plan Final Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record are posted on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html.  The BLM also will provide updates and information at the same web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.

To learn more about the program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

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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: 10-19-2012