Black Rock Field Office issues Decision Record on Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather Environmental Assessment


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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Black Rock Field Office published an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on analysis provided in the Calico Complex 10-year Wild Horse and Burro Gather EA. The comment period for the draft EA was offered to the public for input from April 14 to May 12, 2021. 

The action is needed to reduce impacts to rangeland health and wildlife habitat within and outside of the complex boundaries. The EA will be used to facilitate gathers, removals, and fertility control of excess wild horses in accordance with 43 CFR 4700 regulation and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, as amended (Public Law 92-195). The Appropriate Management Level for the Calico Complex is 200 – 333 horses and no burros.  

The Calico Complex includes the Black Rock Range, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, McGee Mountain and Warm Springs Canyon Herd Management Areas.  

The EA and DR/FONSI are available online at Hardcopies of the EA can be made available, upon request, by calling the Winnemucca District Office at (775) 623-1500.  

For technical information, contact Garrett Swisher, Winnemucca District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, at (775) 623-1500. 

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