Stillwater Field Office seeks public comment on Marietta Burro Gather

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Carson City DO

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Stillwater Field Office has initiated a 30-day public comment period and is seeking public input in preparation of an environmental assessment for the proposed Marietta Herd Management Area (HMA) Burro Gather located in Mineral County, Nevada. This includes seeking information and identifying historic properties in or near the project area. Public comments will be accepted through May 15, 2022.

“The BLM’s priority is to conduct a safe, efficient, and successful burro gather operation while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered,” said Stillwater Field Office Manager, Jake Vialpando.

The proposed action is to reduce impacts to rangeland health and wildlife habitat inside and outside of the Marietta HMA. The EA will be used to facilitate gathers, and removals of excess wild burros 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 Marietta HMA is 78-104 burros. In 2021 and 2022, BLM conducted aerial census flights; as a result, BLM estimates the current burro population to be 450-500 burros.

BLM requests comments to be submitted via the ePlanning website at: Comments may also be submitted via mail to 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701, via email:  or faxed to (775)-885-6147. Written comments must be postmarked or otherwise hand delivered by 4:30 p.m. on or before May 15, 2022.

Before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety.

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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.