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Release Date: 05/14/10
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2010-34

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Moriah Herd Area Wild Horse Gather

Ely, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office is seeking public comment on the Moriah Herd Area Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA), which addresses the need to remove approximately 72 excess wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area (HA), approximately 48 miles northeast of Ely, beginning in August 2010.  The BLM will accept comments until June 18, 2010.

The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.  Through the planning process, a decision was made to remove wild horses and drop Herd Management Area (HMA) status on those areas that do not provide sufficient habitat resources to sustain healthy (wild horse) populations, i.e., forage, water, space, cover and reproductive viability.  As a result, 12 HMAs reverted to HA status, including the Moriah HMA.

Please address written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301; Attn: Mary D’Aversa, Schell Field Manager.  Comments may be submitted electronically to

For more information, contact Ben Noyes, BLM Ely District wild horse and burro specialist, at (775) 289-1800.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 05-14-2010