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Release Date: 11/07/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Launches Scoping on Proposed Adobe Town/Salt Wells Creek Wild Horse Gather

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins and Rock Springs Field Offices are launching at least a 30-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental assessment on a proposed wild horse gather in the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek (ATSW) Herd Management Areas (HMAs).

The ATSW Complex is located in the checkerboard pattern of mixed public and private land ownership in Sweetwater and Carbon counties, stretching from Interstate 80 south to the Wyoming/Colorado border. Population surveys conducted in May found approximately 1,005 wild horses within the two adjacent HMAs. The appropriate management level (AML) for the complex is 861-1,165 wild horses. The AML range for the Adobe Town HMA is 610-800 wild horses and the AML range for the Salt Wells Creek HMA is 251-365 wild horses. The proposed operation would include gathering wild horses and perhaps conducting fertility control treatment to bring the population of the complex back to within the AML. The proposed gather is expected to take place in summer 2013.

Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed environmental assessment. Written comments should be received by Dec. 7, and may be emailed only to (please list “ATSW Scoping Comment” in the subject line), mailed or hand-delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to: BLM Rock Springs Field Office, ATSW Scoping Comment, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

Before including your address, phone number, email 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 may 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.

For more information, contact BLM Wild Horse Specialist Jay D’Ewart at 307-352-0331.

Note to editor: A link to a map of the proposed project can be found at  

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.

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Last updated: 11-13-2012