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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 08/19/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Delays Checkerboard Wild Horse Removal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is delaying the removal of all wild horses from the checkerboard of alternating sections of public and private land within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas (HMAs) that was scheduled to begin on Aug. 20.

A lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order have been filed with the U.S. District Court of Wyoming to block the wild horse removal. As a result, the BLM will begin the removal sometime after Sept. 1.

This removal comes at the request of private land owners. Not removing wild horses from the checkerboard area would result in non-compliance with Section 4 of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act and the provisions of the court-ordered 2013 Consent Decree between the BLM and the Rock Springs Grazing Association, which requires that all wild horses be removed from checkerboard lands within the HMAs.

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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.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 08-20-2014