Comments Due by April 17, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Battle Mountain District in Nevada is asking for public comments on its Draft Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the expansion of a gold mine northwest of Eureka, Nevada operated by McEwen Mining Inc.
The project would include the drilling of four open pit gold mines and the construction of miles of access roads, a water pipeline and wells, and multiple facilities in the portions of the Roberts Creek Herd Management (HMA) and Herd Area (HA), the Fish Creek North HMA, and the Kobeh Valley HA.
The Roberts Mountain HMA and Fish Creek North HMA are part of the Roberts Mountain Complex. The Appropriate Management Level for this Complex ranges between 170 and 184 wild horses.
The EIS states that direct impacts of this project to wild horses would include the loss of 718 acres of habitat, a reduction in forage availability, and possible mortality or injury from vehicle collisions. Additionally, wild horses will be subject to unavoidable environmental contamination and increased human activity which result from gold mining operations. Finally, the gold mine expansion project will consume enormous amounts of water in an area where water is already scarce and shortage of water is often used by the BLM as an excuse to remove wild horses from the range.
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April 10, 2017 | HorseNetwork
Two small communities in Nevada fighting to protect their wild horses need our help! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on its proposed 10-year management plan for the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA), which includes the wild horse populations living in the Fish Springs area outside Gardnerville and in the portion of the HMA near Dayton, Nevada.
These wild horses are beloved by the community! Three years ago, community outrage stopped the BLM from rounding up and removing the Fish Springs horses. Over the last two years, the BLM has worked with AWHPC coalition partner the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates, based in Gardnerville, to establish a pilot program to manage the Fish Springs horses through a humane PZP birth control program. On the Dayton side of the HMA, our local coalition partner, the Wild Horse Preservation League, has worked cooperatively with the BLM to place game cameras to photo-document how springs in the area are utilized.
The BLM’s new management plan puts these community partnerships in jeopardy! These neighbors now face a real threat of losing their cherished wild horses, many of whom they have literally watched grow up on the range.
We need to support these communities fighting for their wild horses! Please – help us get as many comments as possible to protect the Pine Nut Mountains wild horses – submit your comments today!
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January 14, 2017 | HorseNetwork
We are at a tipping point in the fight for the future of America’s wild horses. The incoming Trump Administration will either support Americans’ desire to protect these national icons or send them down the slaughter pipeline. If confirmed, President Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), will play a key role in determining the future for America’s wild horses and burros. (more…)
December 17, 2016 | HorseNetwork
Comments Due by November 1, 2016
Your comments are needed today to tell the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drop plans to conduct an unnecessary and dangerous radio collar tracking study of wild mares in Wyoming.
The agency wants to conduct an expensive and traumatic helicopter roundup for the sole purpose of placing radio tracking collars on 30 mares living in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA). The collars are part of a proposed 5-year study conducted in conjunction with the University of Wyoming to study the movement and habitat selection of the horses. (more…)
October 26, 2016 | HorseNetwork
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just dropped plans to conduct “barbaric” sterilization experiments on wild mares in Oregon in response to a lawsuit by The Cloud Foundation and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. But now it’s planning something even worse.
On September 9, the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board passed an “emergency” resolution calling for the BLM to “euthanize” captured wild horses in holding facilities. (more…)
September 10, 2016 | HorseNetwork
Comments Due by September 9, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is again proposing to remove all wild horses from Checkerboard lands within and outside the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. This roundup is the latest consequence of the BLM’s decision to turn over control of the public lands in this 2-million-acre area to the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members own or lease the private land parcels in the Checkerboard and graze their livestock on the public lands in the area as well. Despite the fact that well over half the land in the Checkerboard is public, BLM Rock Springs Field Manager Kimberlee Foster publicly states: “For all intents and purposes, we consider all of the checkerboard private.” (more…)
September 3, 2016 | HorseNetwork
Please sign by August 3, 2016
On August 4, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado will hold its annual public hearing on the use of motorized vehicles in wild horse management. While we are usually critical of the BLM’s wild horse policies, this hearing provides a rare opportunity for us to SUPPORT the progress that the BLM in Colorado has made toward implementing humane management of wild horses in that state. (more…)
July 27, 2016 | HorseNetwork
Danger is growing on Capitol Hill for America’s wild horses and burros. Public lands ranchers and their Congressional allies are pressing for the mass slaughter of 44,000 wild horses in holding and 40,000 considered to be “excess” on the range. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing budget language to strip wild horses of their federal protection and deliver them into the hands of local and state governments in what could provide a back door route to slaughter for thousands. (more…)
June 27, 2016 | HorseNetwork
The BLM’s 2017 budget proposal spells disaster for our wild horses and burros. The agency wants to sterilize wild horses on the range, and hand off captured mustangs to state and local governments, while stripping the aimals of the the legal status that currently protects them from being sold for slaughter. (more…)
June 21, 2016 | HorseNetwork
In a stunning reversal, the President’s Proposed 2017 Budget seeks to amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to turn over captured wild horses to state agencies and strip these animals of the legal status that currently protects them from slaughter. (more…)
June 21, 2016 | HorseNetwork