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High Rock & Calico Gathers to be Conducted Simultaneously…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 24, 2011


BLM Says: “The High Rock Complex Gather is being coordinated with the Calico Complex Gather proposed by the Winnemucca BLM District’s Black Rock Field Office in Fall/Winter 2011.” 

Advocates Ask: “Why?” (rather sarcastically I might add…)

According to the High Rock Complex Gather EA, BLM states the following:

“The benefit of coordinating these wild horse gathers is that it affords the BLM the opportunity to gather wild horses that have moved out of their designated HMAs (due to gather pressure) and have moved into adjacent areas which are subject to different administrative jurisdiction. In the past, horses that have moved out of the prescribed gather area during operations have not been gathered. By coordinating the High Rock and Calico Gathers to occur consecutively, the effective gather area would be increased, thereby improving gather success rates and the ability to achieve the AML within this broader area.”

The High Rock Complex is managed by the Surprise Field Office in California and consists of the Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, and Wall Canyon HMAs, along with the Nut Mountain HMA. There is some minuscule light shining at the end of the tunnel though. In the first paragraph of the High Rock EA, BLM states the following:

“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Surprise Field Office is proposing to implement a population management operation for wild horses in order to achieve desired population levels within the Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, and Wall Canyon Herd Management Areas (HMAs), and from adjacent public lands outside of these designated HMAs. This would entail gathering and removing excess horses from four HMAs (Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, and Wall Canyon) and potentially adding horses to one HMA (Nut Mountain). The Nut Mountain HMA did not have excess animals at the time of the last population inventory. All HMAs will be managed for Appropriate Management Levels.”

Whether or not this actually occurs will be the question on everyone’s lips from now until then. The Tri-State MOU includes the following Wild Horse Areas:

  • FWS Oregon: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • BLM Oregon, Lakeview District: Beatys Butte HMA
  • BLM California, Surprise Field Office: Bitner, Massacre Lakes, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon, High Rock, Fox Hog HMAs
  • FWS Nevada: Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
  • BLM Nevada, Winnemucca District: Granite, Calico Mountains, Black Rock West, Black Rock East, Warm Springs, McGee Mountain HMAs

Contact Info:

Rolando R. Mendez
Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Black Rock Field Office
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
775.623.1500
e-mail: Tri-State-Calico_Complex@blm.gov

Comments need to be writing and should reference High Rock Complex Wild Horse Roundup, the specific document you are referencing, and include applicable section or page numbers.

Comments may be mailed toBureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office, P.O. Box 460, Cedarville, CA 96104, or emailed to: CA High Rock Complex Horse Roundup

Documents:

Tri-State Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather PEA (Public comment period ends July 18, 2011)

High Rock Complex Wild Horse and Burro Roundup  (Comments will be accepted until July 15, 2011)

For many, many more NEPA documents from the Surprise & Winnemucca Offices, click here…

NEPA Documents for the Winnemucca District:

Lands

Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final Environmental Assessments
SNPLMA Round 8 Acquisition Northeast Washoe and Northwest Humboldt Counties Lewis Trout Decision Record, FONSI and Environmental Assessment
Schoolhouse Butte Land Sale Humboldt County Julie McKinnon Decision Record, FONSI and Environmental Assessment
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
None at this time.      
Scoping
Shamrock Communication Facility  Churchill County  Debbie Dunham Scoping period ends December 10, 2010.

Minerals

GEOTHERMAL-OPERATIONS
Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final Environmental Assessments
Leach Hot Springs T31N, R38E,
T32N, R38E,
T31N, R39E,
T32N, R39E,
(Pershing County)
Marcie Purkey EA completedand Decision Record
San Emidio Geothermal Exploration Project Washoe County Mark Gingrich EA completedand Decision Record
TGP/New York Canyon Exploration T25N, R35E,
T26N, R35E
T25N, R36E,
T26N, R36E
(Pershing and Churchill Counties)
Marcie Purkey EA completedand Decision Record
Blue Mountain Geothermal Development Project T35N, R34E, T36N, R34E(Humboldt County) Rebecca Lange EA completedand Decision Record
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
None at this time.      
Scoping
None at this time.      
  LOCATABLES
Project Title Location Project Lead Status
 
Kings River Valley Uranium Exploration Project T45N, R34E, sec 4, 9, and 16; T46N, R34E, sec 22, 27,28, 33 and 34 (Humboldt County) Jean Black EA Completed and Decision Record
Sandman Exploration Project T37N, R35E, secs  11-15, 22-26, and 36; T37N, R36E, secs 7, 18-20, 22, and 27-33; T36N, R35E, secs 12, 23, and 24; T36N, R36E, secs 4-9, 13, 17-24, 26, 27, 29, and 30 (Humboldt County) Kathleen Rehberg EA Completed and Decision Record
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
None at this time.      
Scoping
Hycroft Mine Expansion  T34N, R29E, secs 1-4, 9-12 and 14; T35N, R29E, secs 13, 14, 22-27, and 33-36; T35N, R30E, secs 16-21 and 28-32 (Humboldt and Pershing Counties) Kathleen Rehberg Scoping period ends June 29, 2011.
Adelaide Mine Project T34N, R39E, secs 13 and 14 (Humboldt County) Daniel Atkinson Scoping period ended January 14, 2011
 Mineral Materials
Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Scoping
Pershing County Road Department Free Use Permit Renewals, Community Pit Designations and Expansions  Pershing County Daniel Atkinson Scoping

Rangeland Management

GRAZING PERMIT RENEWALS
Project Title Location Contact  Status
Final Environmental Assessments
Jersey Valley, Hole in the Wall, and Home Station Gap Allotments
-And-
Range Improvements in the Hole in the Wall Allotment
Jersey Valley Allotment
Hole in the Wall Allotment
Home Station Gap Allotment
 Derek Messmer  Final EA and Decision 
Environmental Assessment for the Goldbanks Allotment Grazing Permit Renewal Goldbanks Allotment, Pershing County Derek Messmer Final EA and Decision 
Ten Year Grazing Permit Renewal for the Washburn Allotment Washburn Allotment, Humboldt County Mandy DeForest   Final EA and Decision 
Sod House Grazing Permit Renewal Sod House Allotment Ken Vicencio Final EA and Decision
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
None at this time.     Preliminary EA
RANGE IMPROVEMENTS
Project Title Location Contact  Status
None at this time.      

Recreation

Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final Environmental Assessments
       
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
Winnemucca Mountain Hiking/Biking Trail  Humboldt County  Joey Carmosino Comment period open until May 20, 2011
Determination of NEPA Adequacy
Burning Man 2011 Special Recreation Permit Black Rock Desert, Washoe County  Cory Roegner DNA Decision Signed March 30, 2011

Vegetation Management

Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final Environmental Assessments
Winnemucca Wildland Urban Interface Project Humboldt County Angie Arbonies Decision Record, FONSI and completed EA
Santa Rosa Mountains Fuels Break Project Humboldt County Jeff Johnson Decision Record, FONSI and completed EA
Paradise Fuelbreak Maintenance Humboldt County Angie Arbonies  Decision Record, FONSI and completed EA
Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA)
Santa Rosa and Paradise Fuelbreak Treatments  Humboldt County Angie Arbonies Decision Record and DNA Completed
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
None at this time.      
Scoping
Winnemucca District Vegetation Management Plan Winnemucca District Jeff Johnson Scoping period closes 4/29/11.
Montana Mountains Fuels Management and Habitat Restoration Plan Humboldt County Jeff Johnson Scoping period closed 9/25/10.

 Wildlife

Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final Environmental Assessments
None at this time.      
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
 None at this time.      
Categorical Exclusions
       

Wild Horses and Burros 

Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final  Environmental Assessments
Augusta Mountains HMA Wild Horse Gather Plan Pershing County Jerome Fox Final EA and Decision (11/22/10)
Calico Mountain Complex Wild Horse Gather Plan Humboldt and Washoe Counties Jerome Fox Final EA and Decision (12/08/09)
Preliminary Environmental Assessments                       
Tri-State Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather Humboldt and Washoe Counties Rolando R. Mendez Public comment period ends July 18, 2011

Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas

Project Title Location Project Lead Status
Final Environmental Assessments
None at this time.       
Preliminary Environmental Assessments
Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Preliminary Environmental Assessment Black Rock Desert, Calico Mountains, East Fork High Rock Canyon, High Rock Canyon, High Rock Lake, Little High Rock Canyon, North Black Rock Range, North Jackson Mountains, Pahute Peak and South Jackson Mountains Wildernesses Kristine Struck Comment period open until June 10, 2011
Scoping
None at this time.

BLM Surprise Field Office, California:

Bureau of Land Management
Surprise Field Office
602 Cressler Street
Cedarville, CA 96104
Phone: (530) 279-6101
Fax: (530) 279-2171
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email

The Surprise Field Office includes approximately 1,220,644 acres of BLM-managed surface acres in northeastern California and northwest Nevada. The geographic area includes BLM managed public lands within the counties of Modoc and Lassen, California, and Washoe and Humboldt, Nevada. 

Surprise FO Proposed RMP and Final EIS

Bookmarks to each Section:

Section by Section: 

Surprise NEPA Documents: The table below shows the Surprise NEPA documents that are available on the Surprise FO website. Some of the documents in that table are available on-line and can be downloaded by clicking the entry in the Type column. Legend describing NEPA terms
Project Number Type Program Description Geographic Location Contact Initiated Completed Field Office Fiscal Year
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0011-EA EA Wild horse and burro Buckhorn, Coppersmith and Carter Reservoir Herd Management Area Capture Plan Southern end of Surprise Field Office Resource Area. Richard Knox
530-279-6101
04/16/2009 08/19/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0010-CX CX Wildlife University Nevada Reno, Sagebrush Recruitment Study Surprise Field Office Elias Flores
530-279-6101
06/26/2009 07/08/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0007-CX CX Construction Stevens Camp and Massacre Ranch Projects Both projects are within the Black Rock / High Rock National Conservation Area (BRHR NCA) Township 42N, Range 21E, Section 14 – Massacre Ranch Township 41N, Range 22E, Section 3 – Stevens Camp Roger Farschon
530-279-6101
01/21/2009 03/26/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0005-CX CX Range South Larkspur Permit Renewal East of Upper Lake in Surprise Valley, California and northern Washoe County, Nevada Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
12/08/2008 03/17/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0004-CX CX Range Crooks Lake Permit Renewal Northern Hays Range, surrounding area of Crooks Lake Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
04/01/2008 01/09/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0002-CX CX Range Little Basin Permit Renewal Located in Long Valley, Washoe County Nevada, 5 miles NE of Vya, NV. Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
11/03/2008 12/02/2008 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0003-CX CX Range Long Valley Permit Renewal Long Valley, NW Washoe County, Nevada Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
11/03/2008 12/02/2008 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0008-EA EA Range Calcutta Permit Renewal North end of Long Valley in Washoe County, Nevada. Kathryn Dyer
530-279-6101
10/06/2008 06/12/2009 Surprise 2009

 

Surprise Field Office Completed NEPA Documents:
Project Number Type Program Description Geographic Location Contact Status Initiated Completed Field Office Fiscal Year
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2010-0003-EA EA Range West Toney Burn Fence Barrel Springs / Mosquito Valley, NW Washoe County Nevada. Kathryn Dyer
530-279-6101
Completed 12/14/2009 02/16/2010 Surprise 2010
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2010-0002-EA EA Cultural resources Sand Spring and Lone Spring Resource Protection Eastern part of the Surprise Resource Area. Penni Borghi
530-279-6101
Completed 12/14/2009 02/12/2010 Surprise 2010
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2010-0001-EA EA Lands and Realty Home Camp Aquisition Home Camp area in the South Eastern corner of the Surprise Field Office Resource Area Ken Collum
530-279-6101
Completed 11/10/2009 12/03/2009 Surprise 2010
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0011-EA EA Wild horse and burro Buckhorn, Coppersmith and Carter Reservoir Herd Management Area Capture Plan Southern end of Surprise Field Office Resource Area. Richard Knox
530-279-6101
Completed 04/16/2009 08/19/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0010-CX CX Wildlife University Nevada Reno, Sagebrush Recruitment Study Surprise Field Office Elias Flores
530-279-6101
Completed 06/26/2009 07/08/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0009-CX CX Energy and Minerals Third Planet Wind – Type II Right-of-way Red Rock Lake Area, due south of the Modoc National Forest in the South Warners Ken Collum
530-279-6101
In progress 06/26/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0007-CX CX Construction Stevens Camp and Massacre Ranch Projects Both projects are within the Black Rock / High Rock National Conservation Area (BRHR NCA) Township 42N, Range 21E, Section 14 – Massacre Ranch Township 41N, Range 22E, Section 3 – Stevens Camp Roger Farschon
530-279-6101
Completed 01/21/2009 03/26/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0005-CX CX Range South Larkspur Permit Renewal East of Upper Lake in Surprise Valley, California and northern Washoe County, Nevada Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
Completed 12/08/2008 03/17/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0001-EA EA Range Nevada Cowhead Permit Renewal Far NE corner of Washoe County, Nevada Kathryn Dyer
530-279-6101
In Progress 11/03/2008 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0004-CX CX Range Crooks Lake Permit Renewal Northern Hays Range, surrounding area of Crooks Lake Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
Complete 04/01/2008 01/09/2009 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0002-CX CX Range Little Basin Permit Renewal Located in Long Valley, Washoe County Nevada, 5 miles NE of Vya, NV. Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
Complete 11/03/2008 12/02/2008 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0003-CX CX Range Long Valley Permit Renewal Long Valley, NW Washoe County, Nevada Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
Complete 11/03/2008 12/02/2008 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0006-EA EA Range Nut Mountain Permit Renewal Eastern edge of Washoe County Nevada, along the southern border of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Approximately 45 miles east of Cedarville, CA Steve Mathews
530-279-6101
In progress 12/08/2008 Surprise 2009
DOI-BLM-CA-N070-2009-0008-EA EA Range Calcutta Permit Renewal North end of Long Valley in Washoe County, Nevada. Kathryn Dyer
530-279-6101
Completed 10/06/2008 06/12/2009 Surprise 2009


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7 Responses to “High Rock & Calico Gathers to be Conducted Simultaneously…”

  1. susan rudnicki said

    I AM SORRY TO BE BEFUDDLED BY ALL OF THIS INFORMATION AND HOW TO UTILIZE IT. AS A WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADVOCATE, AND ONE OF JUST 2 YEARS MEMBERSHIP, I DO NOT HAVE THE TECHNICAL SKILLS TO DISTILL WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE. THIS IS WAY OVER MY HEAD SUSAN RUDNICKI, ONE OF YOUR READERS

    • Hi Susan,

      We apologize for the technical data. So many of us are used to it by now and we have a tendency to forget that there are those among the ranks that don’t find these documents to be “old hat” LOL. Right now I am down in the pasture and replying by phone on a water break but when I get in tonight I will try to break down some of the data to make it more user friendly. Again, many apologies!

      T.

      • susan rudnicki said

        HI, LOOKED IT OVER SOME MORE. I WILL SAY THIS, THE “OLD HAT” CAN BE APPLIED TO ANY AND ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS, PROTESTATIONS, EVASIONS, P.R. SPINNING PROMISES, TEARFUL WORRIES ABOUT THE “DAMAGE TO THE BLM IMAGE” BY CITIZEN REPORTS OF CRUELTY (DEAN BOLSTAD) ETC., COMING FROM THE ROGUE AGENCY IN WASHINGTON, DC. I ATTENDED THE PHOENIX WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING IN MARCH, AND NEVER MET A MORE RECALCITRANT, OBSTINATE BUNCH OF BUREAUCRATS(, EXCEPT PERHAPS THE LOS ANGELES DEPT. OF PUBLIC WORKS, ANOTHER FRONT ON SAVING THINGS IN DANGER) IT SEEMS TO ME THE ONLY WAY THINGS WILL REALLY CHANGE FOR THE LONG TERM IS BY TAKING AWAY THE MONEY AND/OR SUCCESSFUL LAWSUITS WITH INJUNCTIONS TO TIE THEIR HANDS. THE ADVISORY BOARD WAS ONE OF THE MOST PATHETICALLY INEPT BODIES OF SUPPOSEDLY EDUCATED INDIVIDUALS I HAVE EVER OBSERVED IN A PUBLIC PLACE. HALF OF THEM WERE EITHER SLEEPING PART OF THE TIME OR WHEN SPEAKING, BARELY ABLE TO STRING 5 COGENT WORDS TOGETHER AT A TIME. THE FACT THAT THE SCIENCE UNDERPINNING THE ENTIRE PROGRAM IS SO FLAWED EVEN THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL EXCORIATED THEM FOR “HAVING NEVER HAD A SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY POLICY” DID NOT SEEM TO BOTHER THEM A WHIT. THEY EAGERLY EMBRACED THE IDEA OF OVARIECTOMIES ON MARES IN THE WILD AND SPENT AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TIME QUESTIONING HOW IT COULD BE EFFECTED—AND YOU CAN BET, COMPLICATIONS OR DEATHS WERE NOT THEIR INTEREST, EITHER.
        HOW IS IT THAT CALICO IS JUDGED READY TO HAVE MORE COLLECTING STAMPEDES, ANYWAY? WASN’T THERE ENOUGH DEATH JUST LAST WINTER? THANKS, SUSAN RUDNICKI MANHATTAN BEACH, CA

        • susan rudnicki said

          Hi, still checking for a response to my notes. Any updates? Thanks Susan Rudnicki

          • Hi Susan,
            Sorry for the delays.
            OK, so I guess the best way to do this is to ask which parts of the documentation is unclear to you.
            T.

          • Basically what’s happening here is the BLM is going out and gathering from the Calico and High Rock Complex HMAs. The issue that most advocates have with this is that the Calico Complex was just gathered no more than a year and half ago. There were 1922 horses gathered from the Calico Complex during the months of December 2009, January & February 2010. This gather in and of itself has been described by some as the most deadly gather conducted by BLM in many decades with over a hundred deaths and an untold number of spontaneous abortions. Once the gather was completed, BLM stated the following”

            “Based on aerial reconnaissance by the BLM an estimated 600 wild horses remain in the Complex, which is within the appropriate management level range of 600 to 900 animals established for that area.”

            Needless to say, there were a lot of discrepancies involved in this gather. One for instance was the statement made by BLM on the same webpage as the aforementioned statement,

            “The population of wild horses before the gather was about 3,040 animals, which is 5.5 times the low range AML of 572 horses and about three times the land’s full carrying capacity, or high range AML, of 952 horses.”

            So if BLM gathered 1922 horses, left 600 in the complex, that leaves a total of 2522 as the population of horses in the complex to begin with. That’s a difference of 518 horses. Bottom line? The numbers didn’t add up in many different ways.
            (Wild burros from McGee Mountain and Warm Springs Canyon HMA are being added to this proposed gather because these HMAs are covered under the Tri-State MOU (BLM-MOU-NV-91010-001). The gather area will be referred to as Tri-State-Calico Complex) Now, the BLM says that there are too many horses on the Calico Complex again, along with the High Rock Complex. Their rationale for this is that the horses have moved between not only the HMAs contained within the complex areas, but within the two Complex areas themselves. The total acreage for the High Rock is 615,946 acres, while Calico has 584,000 acres with a planned removal of 1,030 wild horses and 140 wild burros from the Tri-State-Calico Complex and 1,276 horses and permanently remove approximately 1,094 wild horses from within the High Rock Complex. That’s a total removal of 2124 wild horses and 140 wild burros from 1,199,946 (+) acres. Planned release numbers are 268 for Calico and 182 for High Rock. Population estimates by BLM state that these numbers will result in post-gather total populations of a minimum 258 wild horses for High Rock and 572-952 wild horses and 39-65 wild burros for Calico.

  2. wow

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