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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 Begin Montezuma Peak and Paymaster Wild Horse Gather September 13; Public Observation Day Set for September 14

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 27, 2010

BLM Nevada News
BATTLE MOUNTAIN DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2010-31
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Schirete Zick at (775) 635-4067,
schirete_zick@blm.gov

BLM to Begin Montezuma Peak and Paymaster Wild Horse Gather September 13; Public Observation Day Set for September 14

Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office will begin the removal of approximately 182 excess wild horses and burros from in and around the Montezuma Peak and
Paymaster Herd Management Areas (HMAs) beginning on or about September 13. The gather is estimated to last about four days.
The gather is needed to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) in the Paymaster and Montezuma Peak HMAs and achieve a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse and burro population, wildlife, livestock and vegetation.  The BLM issued Final Multiple Use Decisions (FMUDs) between 2001 and 2007 for the allotments within the HMAs, which established an AML of 38 wild horses for the Paymaster HMA and 3 wild horses and 10 burros for the Montezuma Peak HMA.
“These HMAs are very arid, located at the northern edge of the Mojave Desert and do not provide suitable habitat for large numbers of wild horses and burros,” said Tonopah Field Manager Tom Seley.  “The areas have a history of poor animal health and emergency gathers due to lack of adequate forage and water, particularly during drought years.”
It is estimated that approximately 45 wild horses would be gathered and removed from outside of the Paymaster HMA and inside if needed to leave a post gather population of 23 wild horses.  Approximately 61 wild burros and 78 wild horses would be gathered and removed from within and outside of the Montezuma Peak HMA to leave a post gather population of 3 wild horses and 10 wild burros.
The removed horses and burros will be transported to the BLM short-term holding facility in Ridgecrest, Calif., where they will be dewormed, vaccinated, receive a physical and be prepared for adoption.

Public Observation Day

A public observation day has been scheduled tentatively for Tuesday, September 14, to provide the media and public an opportunity to view ongoing gather activities.  The date is subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations.
This will be the only observation day offered for this gather, and we invite the public to observe,” said Battle Mountain Horse Specialist, Shawna Richardson.  “It’s a good way to spend the day because it’s interesting and educational.”
BLM representatives will rendezvous with interested members of the public at the Tonopah Field Office, 1553 S. Main St., Tonopah, Nev. at 6:30 a.m., and caravan to the gather site, which will be about a half hour drive from Tonopah.  Four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles are recommended.  The observation day will last approximately four to five hours, with an approximate departure time from the gather site between noon and 1 p.m.
In an effort to provide a safe environment for the animals, BLM staff, contractors and members of the public/media, requests will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and be limited to 10 people. Space should be reserved ahead of time by calling Karen Goldsmith at (775) 482-7836.
Daily gather operations could be suspended if bad weather conditions create unsafe flying conditions. For more information, please call Tonopah Field Manager Tom Seley, 775-482-7800.

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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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Tonopah’s Reveille, Montezuma Peak & Paymaster HMA Wild Horse & Burro Gathers – 1st Week of September 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 17, 2010

Battle Mountain District Office

 

Ely’s Eagle Herd Management Area (tentative gather date Jan 2011)

 

Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC meeting on August 26 in Ely; click here for the agenda.

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Brace yourselves… Paymaster/Montezuma HMA ROD Issued…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 30, 2010

BLM Nevada News
BATTLE MOUNTAIN DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2010-23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Schirete Zick, (775) 635-4067, schirete_zick@blm.gov

BLM Signs Final Decision Record for Paymaster and Montezuma Peak Wild Horse and Burro Gather

Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office, has issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Paymaster/Montezuma Peak Wild Horse and Burro Gather. The decision is for the BLM to gather and remove excess wild horses so that about 23 wild horses remain in the Paymaster Herd Management Area (HMA) and 3 wild horses and 10 burros will remain in the Montezuma Peak HMA.  The Paymaster HMA is located approximately 7 miles west of Tonopah, and the Montezuma Peak HMA is located about 26 miles south of Tonopah in Esmeralda County, Nevada.  The gather is tentatively scheduled to begin during the first week  of September 2010.

The gather is needed to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) in order to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse population, wildlife and vegetation.  The BLM issued its Final Multiple Use Decisions between 1999 and 2007, establishing the AML at 38 horses for the Paymaster HMA and 3 horses and 10 burros for the Montezuma Peak HMA.  The AMLs were set conservatively because of the lack of suitable habitat reflected by poor forage and water availability. Currently horses and burros are moving off the HMAs in search of food and water.

The gather will prevent emergency conditions resulting from overpopulation of wild horses and burros in this arid environment. The current wild horse population for the HMA is approximately 68 wild horses in the Paymaster HMA, and 81 wild horses and 71 burros in the Montezuma Peak HMA.

The BLM will use helicopters to gather the wild horses and burros and will transport the animals by motorized vehicles. The use of helicopters, which is authorized by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, has proven to be the safest and most practical means for gathering excess wild horses.

Wild horses and burros removed from the range will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for, and will retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 law. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughter.

The gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Paymaster/Montezuma Peak Final Gather Plan EA. The EA, Decision Record, associated documents, maps and other information about the Paymaster and Montezuma Peak HMAs are posted on the BLM Battle Mountain website at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html.  The BLM also will provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.  For more information, please call the Tonopah Field Office Manager Tom Seley, 775-482-7800.

Schirete Zick
Public Affairs Officer
BLM Battle Mountain District
775-635-4067

szick@blm.gov

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