Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on the Little Fish Lake Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan Environmental Assessment


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Tonopah Field Office

Media Contact:

Jess Harvey
Trail camera photo of horses in Little Fish Lake HMA.
Trail cameras in the area captured this picture of horses in the Little Fish Lake HMA drinking water.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tonopah Field Office is announcing the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential environmental consequences associated with excess wild horses within and outside of the Little Fish Lake Herd Management Area (HMA) located in Nye County. The preliminary 10-year Wild Horse Gather EA will be available for public review from May 11 to June 10. 

The project would occur in the Little Fish Lake Valley, located approximately 70 miles northeast of Tonopah. The proposed action is to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Little Fish Lake HMA in order to achieve the established Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 132 wild horses and implement a range of fertility control techniques 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 Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office, 1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911; Tonopah, Nevada 89049, or by email to: blm_nv_tfo_littlefishlake@blm.gov with Little Fish Lake Wild Horse Gather EA in the subject line. To review the EA and other related documents go to https://go.usa.gov/xuvw7. Letters must be postmarked by June 9.

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: Daltrey Balmer, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist at (775) 482-7800, or by email at blm_nv_tfo_littlefishlake@blm.gov.

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.