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ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2017-0009-EA (East Pershing Complex Gather Plan)  
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The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District (WD), Humboldt River Field Office is soliciting public comment on the East Pershing Complex Gather Plan Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA).  

The Preliminary EA for the East Pershing Complex Gather Plan is now available and can be viewed online under the "Documents" tab to the left. Hardcopies of these documents are available upon request from the Winnemucca District.

The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on this PEA by close of business (4:30 pm), July 12, 2017.  Questions and written comments should be directed to:

    Samantha Gooch, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
    BLM Humboldt River Field Office
    5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.
    Winnemucca, NV 89445

Comments can also be submitted by email to BLM_NV_East_Pershing Complex_EA@blm.gov.  Email messages should include “East Pershing Complex Gather” in the subject line.

Commenters should be aware before including their address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in their comment, that their entire comment – including identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While they can ask BLM in their comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.  Anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.



 
 
 
 
This PEA specifically considers and analyzes potential methods to be used to manage the wild horses and burros (WH&Bs) within the East Pershing Complex.  For the purpose of this PEA, “gathers” refers to rounding up animals and “removals” refers to taking them off the range permanently.  

Due to WH&B numbers in excess of Appropriate Management Level (AML), lack of water and forage availability for the increasing herd sizes; management actions are necessary in order to prevent further deterioration of range conditions, and reduce population growth rates in order to achieve and maintain AML.  

The Action Alternatives are as follows:

•    Alternative A. Fertility Control and/or Spaying, with or without Gathers
•    Alternative B. Multiple Gathers and Removals with Fertility Control and/or Spaying/Gelding