BLM Press Release: BLM begins Antelope Complex Gather, adds additional scheduled Public Observation Day
Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 24, 2011
BLM Nevada News ELKO DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2011-17 FOR RELEASE: Saturday, January 22, 2011 CONTACT: Lesli Coakley, (775) 753-0386; email@example.com
BLM begins Antelope Complex Gather, adds additional scheduled Public Observation Day
ELKO, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office; and BLM Ely District, Schell Field Office will initiate the Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather on Sunday, January 23, 2011, to gather and remove approximately 1,917 to 2,278 excess wild horses from in and around the Antelope Complex.
In addition to scheduled observation days on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the duration of the gather, the BLM has added Monday, January 24. Scheduled observation days provide visitors more opportunity to interact with BLM staff and will include escorted opportunities to observe the animals at the gather and holding corrals. Interested observers should meet at Schellbourne Station approximately 50 miles north of Ely on Highway 93 at 7:15 a.m.
The dates and times are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. A Wild Horse Gather Information Line has been set up at 775-753-0227 where the public can listen to a recorded message with information on daily gather activities and updated gather schedules.
There will be no closure of the public lands and therefore, public lands within the HMAs will be open to the public during the gather operations, subject to necessary safety restrictions. The BLM has established protocols for visitors to ensure the overall safety of the public, the BLM and gather contract staff and the animals. The protocols are available at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Antelope_Complex_Gather.html
Credentialed media and visitors are encouraged to sign up prior to arriving by calling Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 388-1101, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The BLM will also regularly post gather information on its website at: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.html and on the hotline number.
The Antelope Complex gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Final EA, which is available online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/. Click on the Elko District map and then click on the EA listed “In the Spotlight.” The BLM will also provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
For more information, contact Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 753-0386 or by email at email@example.com.