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Posted on: December 5, 2019

[ARCHIVED] BLM seeks public comment on Reveille HMA horse gather environmental impact

TONOPAH, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office announces the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential environmental consequences associated with excess wild horses within and outside of the Reveille Herd Management Area. The preliminary 10-year Wild Horse Gather EA will be available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days.

(The Reveille Herd Management Area (HMA) is located 50 miles east of Tonopah and 12 miles south of Warm Springs, Nevada, in Nye County. The area consists of 104,500 acres of BLM land and 999 acres of a mix of private and other public lands for a total of 105,499 acres.)

The action is needed in order to reduce impacts to rangeland health and wildlife habitat within and outside herd management area (HMA) boundaries. The EA will be used to facilitate gathers and removals of excess wild horses in accordance with 43 CFR 4700 regulation and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, as amended (Public Law 92-195). Court decisions from 1987, 2001, and 2002 require that when the AML of 138 horses is exceeded, enough excess horses must be removed to allow three years to elapse before another gather is necessary.

A 30-day public comment period on the preliminary environmental assessment is set for December 5, 2019 through January 3, 2020. The public is encouraged to review the EA, located at: https://go.usa.gov/xpm24 and provide substantive comments or concerns, prior to 4:30 p.m. (PST) on January 3, 2020. All comments received will be fully considered and evaluated for preparation of the final EA.

Comments and concerns may be emailed to: blm_nv_bmdo_2019_0020ea@blm.gov or sent in writing to the BLM Tonopah Field Office, Attention: Daltrey Balmer, Assistant Field Manager for Renewables, Post Office Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049. Hardcopies of the EA are available upon request from the BLM, Tonopah Field Office.

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 publicly available at any time. While you can ask that your personal identifying information be withheld from public re
view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.

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