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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
775-289-1800

Term Permit Renewal Environmental Assessments 

Grazing Permit Renewal Summaries for 2010

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BLM to start zeroing out Moriah wild horse herd Friday in eastern Nevada

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 27, 2010

Two press releases follow, the first is from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and the second is from the Bureau of Land Management.

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign press release

Ely, Nevada (August 26, 2010)…Beginning tomorrow, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management ( BLM ) is scheduled to roundup and remove every wild horse living in the Moriah Herd Area 48 miles north of Ely, Nevada.  It will take the agency four days to capture, via helicopter stampede, the estimated 72 horses living in this 55,300 acre public lands area.

The action is part of the most aggressive government roundup effort in recent years, with 12,000 mustangs and burros targeted for removal from the Western range this year. The majority of captured mustangs will join the 38,000+ wild horses already warehoused in government holding facilities, a number that exceeds the population (<33,000) left free in the wild.

 “The Moriah Herd Area is just the latest federally protected wild horse habitat to be ‘zeroed out’ by the Interior Department,” said Suzanne Roy, Campaign Director for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, which is supported by a coalition of 40 public interest, conservation, historic preservation, horse advocacy and animal welfare organizations.

“Over the past four decades, BLM has eliminated more than 20 million acres of federally-designated habitat for wild horses and burros, shrinking the lands available to these Congressionally-protected animals to just 26 million acres,” she continued. “By contrast, livestock grazing is authorized on 160 million acres of BLM lands.”

In Moriah, BLM is claiming that removal of all of the 72 wild horses is necessary to improve rangeland health, yet the agency continues to authorize more than four times as many cattle – over 300 – to graze those same lands.

“In area after area, BLM sets arbitrarily low management levels for wild horses and allocates the majority of resources to livestock,” Roy concluded. “It’s clear that private commercial interests drive BLM policy, but the public is increasingly demanding change in the way our public lands are managed.”

Last month, 54 members of Congress sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urging a halt to BLM roundups, citing concern about the trauma, injuries and deaths caused in the helicopter stampedes and raising questions about BLM ’s “flawed” and “unsustainable” wild horse management policy.

Ranchers graze cattle on public land for a fraction of the cost of grazing on private land ($1.35 per Animal Unit Month (AUM) on public lands vs. an average of over $15 per AUM on private lands, according to the Congressional Research Service, 2009). Publicly-subsidized livestock grazing — dubbed “welfare ranching” — costs taxpayers in excess of $122 million annually, yet cattle grazed on public lands provide just 3% of the nation’s beef supply.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. For more information, see:

www.wildhorsepreservation.org
Fact Sheet on BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program
Fact Sheet: Livestock vs. Wild Horses on BLM Land

BLM News Release

The Bureau of Land Management ( BLM ) Ely District, Schell Field Office will begin to gather 72 wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area near Ely , Nevada , starting Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 .  The gather is expected to take up to four days to complete.

The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.  Through the planning process, a decision was made to change Moriah’s management classification from Herd Management Area ( HMA ) to Herd Area (HA), due to insufficient habitat resources necessary to sustain healthy wild horse populations.

“Our goal is to manage for healthy public lands and healthy wild horses,” Schell Field Manager Mary D’Aversa said.  “The Moriah Herd Area lacks the resources necessary to sustain healthy wild horse populations, year-round.  As a result, the horses are moving outside the Herd Area boundary.” 

The gathered animals will be transported to the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Salt Lake City , Utah , where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.

The BLM will regularly post gather information on its Website.  Also, an observation day for the public and media is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 28.  For more information or to sign up, call Chelsey Falge, BLM Ely District administrative clerk, at (775) 289-1800.

“The top priority for this gather is safety – that of the animals, our employees, and members of the public,” D’Aversa said.

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Reminder of WH&B Comments Due & Upcoming Gathers…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 27, 2010

Today, August 27, 2010:

September 2010:

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BLM Press Release: Moriah HA Gather to Begin August 27, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 20, 2010

The really interesting part of this press release is the statement about the change in classification from Herd Management Area to Herd Area

ELY DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2010-51
FOR RELEASE:  Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
CONTACT:  Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@.blm.gov

BLM to Begin Gathering Wild Horses from Moriah Herd Area in Nevada

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office will begin to gather 72 wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area near Ely, Nevada, starting Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.  The gather is expected to take up to four days to complete.
The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.  Through the planning process, a decision was made to change Moriah’s management classification from Herd Management Area (HMA) to Herd Area (HA), due to insufficient habitat resources necessary to sustain healthy wild horse populations.
“Our goal is to manage for healthy public lands and healthy wild horses,” Schell Field Manager Mary D’Aversa said.  “The Moriah Herd Area lacks the resources necessary to sustain healthy wild horse populations, year-round. As a result, the horses are moving outside the Herd Area boundary.”
The gathered animals will be transported to the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The BLM will regularly post gather information on its Website.  Also, an observation day for the public and media is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 28. For more information or to sign up, call Chelsey Falge, BLM Ely District administrative clerk, at (775) 289-1800.
“The top priority for this gather is safety – that of the animals, our employees, and members of the public,” D’Aversa said.

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Moriah HMA Wild Horse Gather Rescheduled by BLM…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 6, 2010

BLM Reschedules Moriah Herd Area Gather
Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office is moving the planned-for starting date for the Moriah Herd Area Wild Horse Gather to late August to coordinate airspace use with the military.  The gather was scheduled to begin Aug. 10.
The BLM will gather and remove approximately 72 excess wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area (HA), located about 48 miles northeast of Ely.  The gathered animals will be transported to the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Unadopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.  Through the planning process, a decision was made to remove all wild horses and change the management classification from Herd Management Area (HMA) status to Herd Area status on12 HMAs.  This was due to insufficient habitat resources to sustain healthy wild horse populations, including forage, water, space, cover and reproductive viability.  The Moriah HA was included in this decision.
The public will be notified when the BLM sets the new gather start date. An opportunity to watch the gather operations will be provided. For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or
chris_hanefeld@blm.gov.

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