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!!! West Douglas HA Amendment to the White River RMP (Colorado) !!!

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 12, 2010

The following is the BLM News Release regarding the West Douglas HA EA… The “News Release Date” states July 11, 2010… But the EA was released June 18, 2010 according to the title… TMP posted the EA on the BLM Wild Horse Gathers – Documents & Evidence this past weekend after finding it buried amongst the other NEPA documents pertaining to the BLM Colorado State Office.

Environmental Assessment on West Douglas wild horse gather released (06-18-10)

Release Date: 07/11/10 
Contacts:  David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008

MEEKER, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management today released for public review an environmental assessment addressing the gather plan for removing a specific herd of about 100 wild horses south of Rangely. Under the proposed plan, BLM would begin removing the wild horses in the West Douglas Herd Area in October. Gathering methods could include helicopter drive-trapping, helicopter-assisted roping, and water- and bait-trapping. The majority of the wild horses gathered will be available for adoption through BLM’s wild horse and burro program. The wild horses not adopted will be placed in long-term pastures. The wild horses in the West Douglas herd are isolated from the larger Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area immediately to the east, which is an area specifically managed to maintain a healthy wild horse herd of 135 to 235 horses.

“The West Douglas Herd Area is simply not as suitable for wild horses as the area to the east,” said Field Manager Kent Walter. “Wild horses are an integral part of the multiple use management of the 1.5-million acre White River Field Office. We will continue to manage for wild horses in the better-suited, 190,000-acre Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area.”

BLM made the decision to remove the wild horses from West Douglas through various public planning efforts since 1975, including the current 1997 White River Resource Management Plan and a 2005 RMP amendment. This current Environmental Assessment addresses the specific plan for the gather, not the decision to remove wild horses from West Douglas.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment are available at, or by contacting the White River Field Office, (970) 878-3800.

BLM will accept public comment on the Environmental Assessment until July 19, 2010.

Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros as part of its overall multiple-use mission.  The Bureau works to ensure that population levels are in balance with rangeland resources and other uses of the public lands. Wild horses have virtually no predators and can double in population about every four years if not managed. BLM conducts gathers to remove excess wild horses and burros from public lands to help keep the wild horse populations and rangeland healthy.

In addition to the gather to remove wild horses from West Douglas, BLM is planning a gather to check the growth of the Piceance-East Douglas herd in August. This type of gather is conducted about every four years. Gathers were last conducted in these areas in 2006. BLM manages four Herd Management Areas in western Colorado for wild horse herds: The Piceance-East Douglas west of Meeker, the Little Bookcliffs Herd northeast of Grand Junction, the Sand Wash Herd west of Craig, and the Spring Creek Herd southwest of Montrose. 

BLM encourages those who are interested in providing good homes to wild horses or burros to visit for information about adoptions or sales.

Links to these documents on TMP plus a few…

White River Field Office

Note: The following links are copied directly from the BLM White River Field Office website. From that website, these links were broken at the time of this posting. However, I am posting them here regardless just in case the links are fixed.      T.


7 Responses to “!!! West Douglas HA Amendment to the White River RMP (Colorado) !!!”

  1. Morgan Griffith said

    I’m going to call and tell them to fix their links. How can you comment on a document you can’t get to???? Or maybe that’s the plan

  2. Morgan Griffith said

    Cool, I’ll go get a cup of coffee and chill. I don’t know where you are but it’s 5:30 here. couldn’t sleep either?

  3. When I spoke to Cloud Foundation Attorney, Valerie Stanley, in Denver last month, she said that West Douglas horses could still be rounded up but not be zeroed out. It seems they are trying to do this again. The horses are healthy and there are foals. I have only seen a couple bands in early June of West Douglas horses. This is a rugged area and there is hunting and the use of ATVs in the HMA. These horses are skiddish of people and vehicles from what I believe is harassment by people who do enter their HMA. In order to protect this herd again, there will have to be another hearing, I think, on what is being planned by BLM. mar

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