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Reveille Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 11, 2010


Decision Documents

The BLM Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office is seeking public comments on the Reveille Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA), which addresses the need to remove approximately 198 excess wild horses from in and around the Reveille HMA beginning in September 2010.       

The BLM will accept written comments on this EA until June 25, 2010. For more information, contact Dustin Hollowell, BLM Tonopah Field Office, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at (775) 482-7847.

Please address written comments to the BLM Tonopah Field Office, P.O. Box 911, 1553 S. Main St., Tonopah, NV 89049 attn: Thomas J. Seley, Field Manager.  Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.      

About the Reveille Herd Management Area

The Reveille HMA is located 50 miles east of Tonopah and 12 miles south of Warm Springs, Nevada, in Nye County. The area consists of 105,494 acres and encompasses an area 17 miles wide and 10 miles long. The Proposed Gather Area encompasses the Reveille Allotment which exceeds 600,000 acres in size. This area is typical of the Great Basin region characterized by north-south trending mountain ranges. Significant features are large flat valley bottoms and steep mountains with elevations ranging from 5,000 feet in the Reveille Valley to over 9,400 feet on Kawich Mountain. The area is remote and rugged, with portions of four Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) included within the proposed gather area, and portions of two WSAs within the Reveille HMA itself. The vegetation consists primarily of salt desert shrub, black sagebrush, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Noteworthy species include Indian ricegrass, needle-and-thread grass, galleta grass, bottlebrush squirreltail, winterfat (white sage), fourwing saltbush, shadscale, and bud sagebrush.     

The area falls within the Great Basin Desert which encompasses much of Nevada, western Utah, portions of southern Oregon and small parts of Idaho and California. The weather and precipitation patterns vary considerably within Central Nevada. The orographic features of the region play a very important role in the unequal distribution of precipitation. Central Nevada is very arid. The Reveille HMA area receives 5 inches of annual precipitation in the valley bottoms. The mountain tops can receive as much as 16 inches. The average precipitation received at the Reveille Rain gauge since 1985 is 4.90 inches annually. Summers are hot and dry, with high temperatures in the 90’s or higher. Winters are cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing and below zero degrees. The Reveille HMA receives snow during the winter which may range from several inches to nearly a foot in depth depending upon the severity of the winter, and elevation. As a comparison, Texas, Nebraska, Kentucky and Northern California all receive 15-30 inches or more annually, which is 3-6 times more precipitation than the lower elevations of the Reveille HMA.     

Nevada Wild Horse And Burro Areas Administrated By The Bureau Of Land Management FY06; Herd Management Areas (HMAs) – Areas Managed For Wild Horses and Burros      

      

HA HMA  

HA Name     

Herd Code

BLM Acres     

Other Acres     

BLM Acres     

Other Acres     

Acres Transferred From BLM     

Horse AML (1,2)     

Estimated Horse Pop     

Burro AML (1,2)     

Estimated Burro Pop     

Last Gather Mo/Year     

Year Reach AML     

REVEILLE     

NV0619     

387,558     

997     

104,515     

979     

0     

138     

116     

0     

0     

Nov-01     

2002     

  NEVADA SUMMARY 19,593,299 3,088,027 15,778,284 1,695,925

444,112     

12,587

13,384     

948

834     

 

      

1. Appropriate Management Levels, indicates estimated AML.
2. AML is reported as the maximum number of animals sustainable on a yearlong basis. (Nevadahastats06)

The Battle Mountain Field Office, Shoshone Eureka Planning Area contains 12 Herd Management Areas totaling approximately 1,800,000 acres.  

The Tonopah Field Station contains 15 Herd Management Areas (HMAs) totaling approximately 1,200,000 acres.  Find out about Tonopah Field Station HMA’s, Bullfrog, Dunlap, Fish Lake Valley, Gold Mountain, Goldfield, Hot Creek, Little Fish Lake, Montezuma, Palmetto, Reveille, Saulsbury, Stone Cabin, Paymaster/Lone Mountain, Sand Springs West, Silver Peak and Stonewall.     

Battle Mountain Field Office and Tonopah Field Station, Wild Horse and Burro Population Tables      

Wild Horse Herd Characteristics (from BLM.gov)

 

The wild horse herds across the Shoshone-Eureka Planning Area are typically comprised of numerous bands of animals. Bands usually consist of a stallion with a harem of mares, although bands can also be comprised of several young stud horses who have not yet acquired their own band of mares. The number of animals in each band average from one to fourteen head. 
 
The average HMA population managed by the BMFO (Battle Mountain Field Office) is approximately 220 wild horses, with the average HMA size 114,300 acres. The smallest wild horse or burro HMA is Whistler Mountain HMA 43,000 acres in size, and the largest is New Pass Ravenswood 260,000. In some cases, wild horses do not fully utilize the entire HMA due to forage availability, water shortages, or human disturbance. Movement of wild horses between HMAs occurs where HMA boundaries are contiguous or near each other, and when fences do not impede the interchange. 
 
Wild horses in the Herd Management Areas (HMAs) are descendants of horses released by or escaped from early explorers, ranchers and settlers. The exact parentage of the wild horses may never be known, however, since 2001, the Battle Mountain Field Office has been drawing blood for genetics analysis from wild horses released back to the range during gather operations. 
 
The HMAs administered by the BMFO include wild horses of a variety of traits. In general, wild horses average 14.5-15 hands tall at the withers. Mares will weigh 700-800 pounds, and larger studs may reach 1,200 pounds. Wild horses appear to continue to grow and “fill out” until 4-5 years of age, although most of the mature height will be reached by around age 3. Bay coloring seems to be dominant in many herds, comprising up to 40% of the horses. Sorrel, brown and black colorings are also common. Less common coloring includes buckskin, palomino, blue and red roan, and grey. Some herds include grulla coloring, and may include horses with primitive markings such as stripes down the back, or on the withers and legs. Some herds have horses with striking face and leg markings such as blazed faces or stockings on the legs. Each HMA has its own distinct traits for the most part, which the BLM will preserve through gathers and selection of horses to release with historic traits.
 
A few of the herds managed by the BMFO contain wild horses with curly haircoats. These horses are believed to have descended from curly horses brought to the United States and released in the Eureka, Nevada area in the 1800’s. 

Tonopah Field Office
1553 South Main Street
P.O. Box 911
Tonopah, NV 89049
Phone: 775-482-7800
Fax: 775-482-7810
Office hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F
Field Manager: Tom Seley 
     

Battle Mountain District Office
Employee Directory
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, NV 89820
Phone: 775-635-4000 
Fax: 775-635-4034
Email:
bmfoweb@nv.blm.gov
Office hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F
District Manager: Gerald Smith
     

Mount Lewis Field Office
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, NV 89820
Phone: 775-635-4000
Office hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F
Field Manager: Doug Furtado
     

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3 Responses to “Reveille Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather”

  1. LOUIE COCROFT said

    I SEE THAT WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT COMMENTED ON THE OWYHEE, ROCK CREEK, LITTLE HUMBOLDT ROUND-UP IN THE ELKO DISTRICT. I WONDER WHICH WAY THEY COMMENTED.

  2. susie brady said

    i adopted a wild horse from eureka nevada and he is the love of my life. i would like to visit in summer and see where he lived.

    • Howdy Susie! Glad you stopped by and left us a comment!
      Mighty Mouse is likely the top pick in barn ever, now, and ever to come. I think its his personality but I know there’s more to his mind than the quarter horses I have. Its so amazing sometimes the things that he’ll pick up on long before any of them do. He’s sort of become their fearless leader LOL!
      You’ll love Eureka! Take lotsa pics!
      T.

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