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Grazing Info for the Ely District of Nevada, August 27, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 27, 2010

The following information is just about anything and everything I could find today on the Ely District’s Grazing on public lands. The information, links and documents below range from Allotment Master Reports and Operator information to the Range Improvements of 2008. Ely FO has been a sore spot of sorts for me for quite some time as it seems they are bound and determined to rid the public lands of their jurisdiction of all wild horses and burros. Historically, they have done just that. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the land planning documents of the Ely FO… Interesting reads… Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan 

Wild Horse Gathers 2010

FYI: Ely District Field Office’s Contact Info:

Bureau of Land Management Ely Field Office
702 North Industrial Way, HC 33 Box 33500
Ely, Nevada 89301

Term Permit Renewal Environmental Assessments 

Grazing Permit Renewal Summaries for 2010

Range Improvement Projects for 2008

Grazing Permit Renewal Information (from, Ely FO)

Of the 261 million acres of surface land administered by the BLM , 160 million acres are authorized for livestock grazing as part of the BLM ’s multiple-use mandate. The goal of the rangeland management program is to create sustainable, working landscapes that are economically sound and ecologically healthy. Ranching families have played a key role in the history and development of the American West and are important to the economic vitality and quality of life for eastern Nevada communities. In addition, the rancher increasingly plays an important role in protecting open space in areas of increasing population growth.
There are 242 livestock grazing allotments within the Ely District. The Ely District administers 226 of the allotments. The Ely Field Office administers 143 allotments and the Caliente Field Station administers 83 allotments. Other BLM districts in Nevada administer eleven allotments, and the BLM St. George Field Office, in St. George , Utah , administers one allotment.
Today, 139 livestock permittees hold term permits authorizing grazing on public lands administered by the Ely District. Ten of the permittees are sheep operators and 129 are cattle operators.
Ely District range staff has responsibility for issuing grazing permits to the permittees, billing for grazing use on public lands, assessing and mitigating the impacts of livestock grazing on land health, overseeing the installation and maintenance of range improvements and monitoring livestock use to insure compliance with grazing rules and regulations. The range program also provides support and input to other programs in the office such as mining, realty and noxious weed control.

Environmental Assessments from the Ely District

Environmental Impact Statements

Categorical Exclusions

Current Federal Register Notices of the Ely District


2 Responses to “Grazing Info for the Ely District of Nevada, August 27, 2010”

  1. Thanks for your compiling of all this information.
    What can be done by the public now?

    • The best thing anyone can do at this point is educate themselves as much as possible about land use planning, resource management planning, and the particular environmental issues specific to the HMAs. Secondly and conversely, educate yourselves about Herd Areas vs. Herd Management Areas, specifically the differences in these classifications and the differences in size NOW, and size in 1971.
      My objective for a while now has been to compile information and histories about the HAs and HMAs to compare data in a timeline format targeting those HMAs that have lost their status as an HMA down to an HA. When this happens, the fate of those public lands becomes perilous. Developments, allotments, and other designations can be placed upon those lands, and consequently remove the American Wild Mustangs and Burros.
      The gathers are a terrible, terrible situation for these Equines. But the gathers will never stop unless we save the habitats of the Equines first. Think about all of the EAs and PEAs that have been sent out. They always cite that there is simply no room for the wild ones, or the habitat cannot sustain a healthy herd due to lack of forage or water sources, etc. They all revolve around what the wild ones cannot have and what the other species – and that’s not just cattle or sheep – can have. I for one do not believe that this has to be the case.
      The only way to combat situations such as these in an effective and efficient way is to commit ourselves to learning the land laws inside and out, then using those land laws in a legal manner to stop the destruction of the public lands systems designated for the wild ones. We can try our little hearts out all day long to save them from the gathers in a hundred different ways, but even if we succeed, they still have to have a place to go home to.

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