BLM issues Record of Decision on Pancake Complex Wild Horse Gather Plan Environmental Assessment


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ELY, Nev. – On May 4, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ely District issued a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on analysis provided in the Pancake Complex 10-year Wild Horse Gather Environmental Assessment (EA).

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 Pancake Complex is 361 to 638 horses.

The Pancake Complex consists of the Sand Springs West and Pancake Herd Management Areas (HMAs), Jakes Wash Herd Area (HA) and Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory (WHT). The BLM Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office administers the Sand Springs West HMA. The BLM Ely District Office administers the Pancake HMA and Jakes Wash HA. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District administers the Monte Cristo WHT.

The EA and DR/FONSI are available online at Hardcopies of the EA can be made available, upon request, by calling the BLM Ely District Office at (775) 289-1800.

For technical information, contact Ben Noyes, Ely District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, at (775) 289-1836.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.