Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 8, 2011
Release Date: 07/29/11Contacts: Guss Warr, (801) 824-1632
BLM Approves the Winter Ridge Herd Area Wild Horse Gather and Removal Plan Environmental Assessment
Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office approved the Winter Ridge Herd Area (HA) Wild Horse Gather and Removal Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) on July 26, 2011.
This EA was prepared to analyze the BLM’s proposed gather and removal of approximately 150 excess wild horses from the Winter Ridge Herd Area vicinity beginning in September 2011. As outlined in the 2008 Vernal Resource Management Plan, all wild horses gathered in this area will be permanently removed from the HA. Public comments were solicited from July 26-August 26, 2010 and were considered prior to the finalization of the EA. The EA describes the potential environmental impacts from implementing the proposed project and includes related information and a map of the project area. The BLM will also provide updates and information on line on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
The EA and Decision Record are available on line at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html
Updates and information will be available at: http://www.blm.gov/ut on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
Members of the public are welcome to view the gather operations daily once they begin, so long as the safety of the animals, staff, and observers is not jeopardized, and operations are not disrupted. During the public observation days the interested public may participate in an escorted tour and will meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Pelican Café in Ouray, Utah (tentative plan). Current plans call for the Winter Ridge gather to operate September 10, through September 14, 2011, although weather conditions and available resources may affect the projected schedule. Participants must provide their own transportation, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that the public dress for harsh field conditions. Binoculars as well as four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. For information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435) 435-743-3128.
“Animals removed from the Winter Ridge Herd Area will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program,” according to Dusty Carpenter, Wild Horse Specialist. Horses removed from the Winter Ridge HA will be shipped to Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Center short-term holding and preparation facility. Animals that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM does not send any horses to slaughter.
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Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 9, 2010
As promised, the information below is in reference to the Equine infectious anemia disease occurrences within the Winter Ridge Herd Area. This information and the map below are from Mr. Gus Warr, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist / Utah Program Lead, BLM-Utah State Office.
I did try to reach the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge today, but to no avail. I left messages so hopefully someone in their office will call back to explain why their NWR’s horses are not being managed. The information I received today stated basically that because the wild horses were no longer a “cash crop” as they were once upon a time to the Ouray Indian Reservation that they’ve pretty much been left to their own devices. This lack of management has allowed them to travel across HA and HMA boundaries, as well as Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 9, 2010
This HA is the same HA we are currently researching information to post regarding the Equine infectious anemia. Again, please be looking for this information later this evening as we are compiling this data now. Thanks, the TMP Team
Release Date: 07/27/10
Contacts: Mark Wimmer, 435-781-4464
Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office announces a 30-day public comment period beginning July 26, 2010, and ending on August 26, 2010, for the Winter Ridge Herd Area (HA) Wild Horse Gather and Removal Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The BLM is currently soliciting public comments to be considered prior to the finalization of the EA. This EA has been prepared to analyze the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office proposal to gather and remove approximately 150 excess wild horses from the vicinity of the Winter Ridge Herd Area beginning around mid September 2010. The EA describes the potential environmental impacts from implementing the proposed project and includes related maps of the project area. The EA is available on-line at: www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html (or see below).
Please reference the Winter Ridge Gather EA when submitting comments. Comments, including names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of respondents will be available for public review at the BLM Vernal Field Office during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday), except federal holidays. Comments and related personally identifying information will be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and comments may be published as part of the EA and other related documents.
Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, street address, or email address from public review and disclosure under the FOIA, you must state this prominently at the beginning of the written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. The BLM will not accept anonymous comments. Written comments will be accepted during the public comment period up to close of business on August 26, 2010. Please submit written comments to:
Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
Attn: Mark Wimmer
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
Fax: (435) 781-4410
Winter Ridge Gather
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