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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Caliente Field Office has posted the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Silver King Herd Management Area gather plan.  The document (DOI-BLM-NV-L000-2017-0005-EA) along with the signed Finding Of No Significant Impact and signed Decision Record are posted in the Documents tab of this website.  Hardcopies are available upon request from the Ely District Office.

The Project Area is located in Lincoln County, and comprised of 606,000 acres (see enclosed map). The appropriate management level (AML) for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses.  The proposed gather is tentatively not on a schedule. 

The gather is needed to:
•    Slow population growth and maintain population size within the HMA;
•    Remove excess wild horses within the HMAs and wild horses that are permanently residing outside areas designated as HMAs; 
•    Reduce concerns about impacts caused by wild horses to limited perennial water resources within the Complexes;
•    Maintain a thriving herd as authorized under Section 3 (b) (2) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and Section 302(b) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.

By implementing the actions outlined in the wild horse gather plan environmental assessment, the BLM will be able to improve vegetation, habitat, and watershed health; removing excess animals will continue to make significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Mohave- Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.  The BLM will also collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health during the gather.

In addition to the proposed gather and removal of wild horses, some wild horses would be released back into the Complexes.  Fertility control treatments PZP-22 or most current formulations, and GonaCon, are addressed in the EA.