BLM Begins Process
to Analyze Proposed Northeast Nevada
ELKO, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent to
prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential impacts of
the proposed Northeast Nevada Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary.
The proposal is to create a wild horse eco-sanctuary of a
non-reproductive herd on most of the existing Spruce Grazing Allotment,
including about 14,000 acres of private land and 508,000 acres of public land, approximately
25 miles southeast of Wells, Nev. The
Notice of Intent opens a 30-day public scoping period that will end Sept. 15,
2012 or 15 days after the last public scoping open house. Representatives will be on hand at each
scoping open house to answer questions.
Public scoping open houses are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the
following dates and locations:
Wells City Hall
525 6th Street
Wells, Nev. 89835
Hyatt Place - Reno
1790 East Plumb Lane
Reno, Nev. 89502
Elko Convention Center - Cedar Room
700 Moran Way
Elko, Nev. 89801
Authorizing the proposal could 1) restructure the three wild horse herd
management areas within the project area and 2) remove a portion of the Spruce
Allotment from the N1 Grazing District. Both actions would require an amendment
to the 1985 Wells Resource Management Plan.
The public is being asked to
identify issues relevant to the preparation of an EIS for the proposed
eco-sanctuary and the possible plan.
The wild horse eco-sanctuary would be operated by Saving America's
Mustangs, a non-profit group, which has purchased the Spruce Ranch and acquired
the associated grazing permit in the Spruce Allotment. The proponent also seeks to develop an
eco-tourism operation in conjunction with the wild horse eco-sanctuary.
BLM has identified preliminary issues to include
to archaeological resources
to Greater sage-grouse and other sensitive species
to important elk, mule deer and other wildlife habitats
Ability to manage
healthy wild horse populations
access for recreational purposes
is asking, as part of the scoping effort, for the public to submit any suggestions
for consideration, and any and all information that would help provide for a
thorough and accurate analysis.
individuals should send written comments to the BLM Elko District Office, Wells
Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, Attn: Wild Horse
Eco-Sanctuary, or fax at (775) 753-0385.
Comments may also be submitted to the project e-mail address: EcoSanctuaryComments@blm.gov.
including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire
comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made
publicly available at any time.
While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be
able to do so.
information is available online at: www.blm.gov/rv5c.
To be included as an interested party, please contact Judy May, resource assistant, Wells Field Office (775) 753-0200.