BLM Seeks Public Input on Horse Gather Near Eureka
The Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office is in the early planning stage for a proposed wild horse gather in the Diamond Complex (Diamond, Diamond Hills North and Diamond Hills South Herd Management Areas) in early 2013. The BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential impacts of a gather on the public land. The Diamond Complex of HMAs is north of Eureka, Nevada.
The current estimated population of 826 wild horses is impacting rangeland health in the Complex. The Appropriate Management Level for the Diamond Complex is 210 wild horses, which was established through prior decision documents following the collection and analysis of monitoring data and coordination with the interested public.
The BLM is asking the interested public to submit comments, issues, alternatives, recommendations, or other input for inclusion into the preliminary EA. The Preliminary EA will be made available to the public in late August or early September, for a 30-day comment period.
The Diamond Complex is a diverse area consisting of 10,000-foot mountain peaks, steep drainages, rolling foothills, aspen stands, streams, springs and meadows. The Complex provides important habitat to a large diversity of wildlife including greater sage-grouse, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, raptors, migratory birds, coyote, mountain lion, and reptiles.
An on-site wild horse adoption is also being planned for this gather.