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Humboldt Herd Area Wild Horse Gather Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM); Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office is making the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Humboldt Herd Area (HA) Wild Horse Gather Plan available to the public for review until July 25, 2013.  The proposed gather would achieve and maintain a population of zero wild horses within the Humboldt HA.

The Humboldt HA is located approximately 30 miles south of Winnemucca, Nevada and extends along the east side of Interstate 80 to Lovelock, Nevada. The Humboldt HA was not designated for the long term management of the wild horses in the Sonoma-Gerlach Management Framework Plan (SG-MFP) due to the checkerboard land pattern found within the HA and therefore, is not currently managed for wild horses and burros.. 

The gather area is comprised of 431,544 acres of both private and public lands. The wild horse population within the Humboldt HA is estimated to be 161 animals. The exact origin of these wild horses has not been determined. However, some animals may have been missed in the initial gather to remove wild horses from the area in 1985. Other wild horses may have migrated into the Humboldt HA from adjacent Herd Management Areas (HMAs). Since this area is not an HMA managed for wild horses, these wild horses have been categorized as excess wild horses.

Removing the excess wild horses will help to prevent further deterioration of the range in an effort to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship as required under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as well as help to achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse populations.

For more information on how to submit comments on this EA, please click on the How to get Involved link in the left-hand navigation panel.

Documents available through the Documents link on the left-hand navigation panel are as follows:

*  Preliminary Environmental Assessment
*  Dear Interested Party Letter