The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on Desatoya Herd Management Area Preliminary Environmental Assessment

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Stillwater Field Office is seeking public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Desatoya Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather. Public comments will be accepted through January 9, 2021.

“The BLM encourages the public to review the provided documents and submit comments for this important project,” said Ken Collum, Stillwater Field Manager.

The project would occur in the Desatoya Mountains, located in Churchill and Lander Counties, approximately 90 miles east of Fallon, Nevada. The proposed action is to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Desatoya HMA in order to achieve the established Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 127-180 wild horses and implement a range of fertility controls to maintain the population within AML over a period of up to 10 years. The PEA analyzes the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects from implementation of the project.

During the public comment period, the BLM welcomes comments, data or information related to potential issues, impacts and alternatives that should be addressed in the EA. Written comments should be mailed to the BLM Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, Attn: John Axtell, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701, or by email to: with Desatoya Wild Horse Gather PEA in the subject line. To review the EA and other related documents go to  Letters must be postmarked by January 9, 2021.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment-including your personal information- may be publicly available at any time. While you ask us in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. After the public review period has ended, comments will be analyzed and considered part of the decision-making process.

For more information contact: John Axtell, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist at 775-885-6000 or by email at



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