The BLM Nevada Caliente and Utah Cedar City Field Offices are seeking comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the need to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Eagle Complex. The 743,042-acre Complex is located in Lincoln County, Nevada and Iron County, Utah, and consists of the Eagle, Chokecherry and Mt. Elinore Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The appropriate management level for the Eagle Complex is 145-265 horses; a population inventory was completed in February 2017 with the estimated population of 2,220 animals, which excludes the 2018 foal crop.
By implementing the actions outlined in the proposed wild horse gather EA, the BLM would be able to improve vegetation, habitat, and watershed health. Removing excess animals on Caliente Field Office-administered lands would enable BLM to make significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council. The BLM would also collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health during the gather. In addition to the proposed gather and removal of wild horses, some wild horses would be released back into the HMA through implementing population suppression techniques.
The BLM’s Caliente and Cedar City Field Offices are requesting feedback on the EA and have made the document available for review and public comment. The 30-day public comment period begins on May 9 and submissions will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 7, 2018. The document is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xQNUe, and hardcopies are available upon request from the Caliente Field Office. Interested individuals should address all written comments to Chris Carlton, Caliente Field Manager, using any of the below methods. Be advised that only the comments received by postal mail or to the specific email address will be considered in the completion of the Final EA.
Mail: Bureau of Land Management
Attention: Chris Carlton, Field Manager
Caliente Field Office
PO Box 237
1400 South Front Street
Caliente, NV 89008