Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on the Roberts Mountain Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan Environmental Assessment


Bureau of Land Management

Media Contact:

Prudence Crampton

Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mount Lewis Field Office is announcing the availability of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) to address potential environmental consequences associated with the removal of excess wild horses within and outside of the Roberts Mountain Complex located in Eureka County. The preliminary 10-year Roberts Mountain Complex Gather EA will be available for public review from August 22, 2022, to September 20, 2022.  

The project would occur in the Roberts Mountain and Whistler Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and the portion of the Fish Creek HMA north us U.S. Highway 50.  The project is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Eureka, Nevada. The proposed action is to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Roberts Mountain Complex in order to achieve an Appropriate Management Level (AML) range of 110-184 wild horses within the Complex 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, Mount Lewis Field Office, 50 Bastian; Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820, or by email to: BLM_NV_RobertsComplexWildHorseGatherEA@blm.gov with Roberts Mountain Complex Wild Horse Gather EA in the subject line. To review the EA and other related documents go to https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2020326/510.  Letters must be postmarked by September 20, 2022. 

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: Shawna Richardson, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist at (775) 635-4181, or by email at s1richar@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.