U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 12/13/12|
BLM's first ecosanctuary is up and running
The horses have arrived!
About 200 wild horses are now living at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) first ecosanctuary, 30 miles west of Laramie, Wyo.
In response to the BLM’s Request for Applications, the Deerwood Ranch in Centennial Valley, Wyo., was selected in February 2012 as the site for the BLM’s first wild horse ecosanctuary. Rich and Jana Wilson own the 4,000-acre ranch and will provide long-term, humane care for up to 300 excess wild horses gathered from Western public rangelands.
BLM authorized the ecosanctuary in August after an extensive NEPA process. Under the proposal, the BLM will sponsor the ecosanctuary at a funding level comparable to what the Bureau pays for the care of excess wild horses on long-term pastures in the Midwest. The partnership agreement contains an ecotourism component which will defray costs for operating the sanctuary and save taxpayer dollars through fundraising.
Following the approval, the Wilsons spent time building new fences, modifying existing fences and replacing all of the cattleguards with electric gates. In October, the first group of horses arrived from other BLM horse holding facilities.
“All of the horses coming to the Deerwood Ranch were originally gathered in Wyoming,” said June Wendlandt, BLM Wyoming’s Wild Horse and Burro Program Lead. “We’re really happy to partner with the Wilsons on this first ecosanctuary. They have an outstanding facility to provide a good home for these horses.”
BLM and the Deerwood Ranch are still developing plans to host tours at the new ecosanctuary and will be hosting a grand opening next spring or early summer.
For more information on the ecosanctuary and to see photos of the horses, visit our website at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/deerwood-eco.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. 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.
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|Last updated: 12-13-2012|
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