The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office seeks public comment on an environmental assessment analyzing a proposed wild horse gather, removal, and the use of contraception on horses in the Range Creek Herd Management Area, according to an email from the BLM.
The Range Creek HMA is located in Carbon County, approximately 20 miles northeast of Price in the Tavaputs Plateau. It consists of approximately 55,000 acres of federal, state and private lands. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for this HMA has been established at 75-125 wild horses. The HMA has a current estimated population of 282 horses, which is projected to increase to about 338 horses as a result of foals born in 2019, according to the BLM.
The EA analyzes the use of fertility control, sex ratio adjustments, and periodic removal of horses over a 10-year period to maintain the herd. The analysis also includes emergency stabilization and restoration of land affected by wildfires, impacts due to overpopulation of wild horses, impacts to vegetation treatment, actions to comply with Utah Rangeland Health and Standards, and other topics.
The draft EA, including maps, is available on ePlanning at: http://bit.ly/RangeCreekEA
Written comments will be accepted by letter, email or through ePlanning until close of business on Aug. 12, 2019. Comments should reference Range Creek Herd Management Area and be as specific as possible. Special attention will be given to those comments that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments containing only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM’s decision-making process. Multiple comments containing the same information will be responded to once, according to the BLM.
Comments may be submitted by mail, email or using ePlanning:
Those who provide comments are advised that their entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. This includes their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, if they include that information in their comment. While those commenting can ask in their comments that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For additional EA-specific information, please contact Mike Tweddell at (435) 636-3600.