The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Worland Field Office (WFO) proposes to update the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP), which was approved in 1985, and gather excess wild horses in the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA). The update to the Fifteenmile HMAP will guide future management of the HMA and the wild horses within it for the next several years. Also, the current wild horse population exceeds the appropriate management level (AML) established for the HMA. The current AML range for the Fifteenmile HMA is 70-160 mature horses.
To comply with NEPA and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the BLM is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed HMAP update, and the gather of excess wild horses. The EA will serve several purposes. It will provide both the public and governmental agencies with information about the potential environmental consequences of the project and alternatives; identify measures to avoid or minimize environmental harm from the proposed action and alternatives; and provide the responsible official with information upon which to make an informed decision regarding the project and whether to prepare an environmental impact statement or finding of no significant impact.
The environmental assessment is available for review and comment. Comments should be received by March 4, 2019. Please refer to the News Release for details on how to submit comments.