BLM Logo
Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 04/03/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Initiates Public Scoping on Proposed Wild Horse Ecosanctuary

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is launching a 30-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental analysis for a proposed wild horse ecosanctuary approximately 30 miles west of Laramie, Wyo. 

Located in the Centennial Valley, the 4,000-acre, family-owned Deerwood Ranch has applied to provide long-term, humane care for up to 400 excess wild horses gathered from Western public rangelands. Public lands are not included in this proposal. 

If the proposal is approved, the BLM would sponsor the ecosanctuary at a funding level comparable to what the Bureau pays for the care of excess wild horses on long-term pastures in the Midwest. The ecosanctuary would be publicly accessible and provide ecotourism opportunities. In addition, the partnership agreement would contain a fundraising component that would defray costs for operating the sanctuary and save taxpayer dollars. 

Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of those issues. To be considered in the environmental analysis, comments must be in writing and received by May 1. Fax, e-mail, mail, or hand-deliver substantive comments during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) to: 

Marcell Astle, Range Management Specialist 
BLM Rawlins Field Office 
Ecosanctuary Scoping Comment 
1300 N. Third Street 
Rawlins, WY 82301 
Fax: 307-328-4373 
(Please include “Ecosanctuary” in the subject line.) 

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. 

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

To learn more about the proposed ecosanctuary, please visit

For more information, please call 307-328-4384. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 N. Third Street      Rawlins, WY 82301   

Last updated: 04-03-2012