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BLM opens public comment on Moriah Herd Area Wild Horse Gather Plan Environmental Assessment

by Nevada State News
Horse gather near Tonopah. Image: BLM

ELY – The public comment period has been opened for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District’s preliminary 10-year Wild Horse Gather Environmental Assessment. The BLM says the action is needed to address potential environmental consequences associated with excess wild horses within and outside of the Moriah Herd Area in White Pine County.

The Environmental Assessment will be used to facilitate wild horse gathers and removals of excess wild horses, which officials say are impacting rangeland health and wildlife habitat within and outside herd area boundaries. The BLM’s “Appropriate Management Level” for the Moriah Herd Area is zero wild horses.

The 30-day public comment period is June 24, 2020, through July 24, 2020. The public is encouraged to review the EA, located at: https://go.usa.gov/xw7Bd and provide substantive comments or concerns, prior to 4:30 p.m. (PST) on July 24, 2020. All comments received will be fully considered and evaluated for preparation of the final EA. The BLM suggests using a supported browser, e.g., Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Safari.

Comments and concerns can also be emailed to:  blm_nv_eydo_moriah_ha_gather_ea@blm.gov or sent in writing to the Bureau of Land Management Ely District Office, 702 N. Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301 Attn: Ben Noyes, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. Hardcopies of the EA are available upon request from the BLM Ely District Office.

Public comments, in their entirety and including personal identifying information included with the comment, may be publicly available at any time. The BLM notes that respondents can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, but cannot guarantee that they 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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