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NEPA Project Summary 
NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0529-EA Status:  Decision and Appeal
Project Name:  Garfield Flat and Marietta Herd Management Area Gather Plan Decision Date:  12/05/2011
EIS OEPC #:  FONSI Date:  12/05/2011
Applicant:  BLM Stillwater Field Office, Carson City District    
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Project Description:
The Proposed Action would involve gathering an estimated 240 wild horses, 66 wild burros, removing approximately 157 excess wild horses, 66 excess wild burros, and releasing 60 wild horses back into the Garfield HMA after treating/retreating an estimated 26-33 mares with the fertility control vaccine (PZP-22) and adjusting the sex ratio to favor males. The estimated 157 excess wild horses to be removed includes 85 excess wild horses which are established on lands within the Marietta Wild Burro Range HMA. The use of the PZP-22 should maintain AML range by reducing the population growth rate and reduce the number of excess wild horses that would need to be removed in the future. Should the gather efficiency exceed 80% of the current wild horse populations, additional mares (up to 33) would be treated and released back to the Garfield Flat HMA. The BLM intends to continue with this treatment protocol by returning to Garfield Flat every 2-3 years to maintain AML by continuing the population control protocols of gathering and re-treating the mares with PZP. If gather efficiencies utilizing a helicopter does not achieve the desired goals of the Proposed Action, water/bait trapping may be utilized to capture sufficient numbers of horses to achieve these targets. The management actions contained within the proposed action are also supported by a recent report received from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) which recommends that the BLM increase the level of use of fertility control and other population control methods (sex ratio adjustments, geldings, etc.).
Project Location:
The Garfield Flat and Marietta Herd Management Area, Mineral County, Nevada
 
Project Lead:  John Axtell    
Phone Number:  (775) 885-6146    
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Office(s):  Stillwater FO Lead Office:  Stillwater FO
Counties:  Mineral    
 
Program(s):  Wild Horse and Burros Special Interest(s):  Riparian-Wetlands
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NEPA Document

FONSI

Decision Record

Interested Party Letter


Map Set Name Publication Date  
Garfield_Marietta_HMAs_MAP 09/21/2011  
     

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