ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-L000-2017-0006-EA (Seaman and White River Herd Area Wild Horse Gather Plan)  
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On May 31, the Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District/Bristlecone Field Office and Basin and Range National Monument issued a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the Seaman-White River Wild Horse Gather Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The BLM developed the 10-year gather plan to manage wild horses within the Seaman and White River Herd Areas (HAs) located in Lincoln and Nye counties. To view the DR/FONSI and EA, go to the Documents section.
The purpose of the 10-year gather plan is to remove all excess wild horses in and outside HA boundaries in order to improve watershed health and make significant progress towards achieving range health standards, as recommended by the BLM’s Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.  The plan allows for an initial gather with follow-up gathers for up to 10 years from the date of the initial gather. The BLM would transport gathered horses to holding facilities to be prepared for adoption, sale or transport to long-term pastures.

The BLM manages wild horse populations in designated areas of public lands where they were found in 1971 and which have enough available food and water to ensure healthy horses thrive on healthy rangelands in the long-term in balance with other legal uses of the land. The Seaman and White River HAs are not designated for wild horses due to insufficient resources available to maintain healthy wild horses and rangelands over the long-term.  The current estimated wild horse population is approximately 365, which excludes the 2018 foal crop.

The BLM’s decision to not manage for wild horses within the Seaman and White River HAs is based on analysis in the November 2007 Ely Proposed Resource Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement.