The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public review and comment on a plan to gather wild horses for up to ten years in the Caliente Herd Area Complex, which is located near Caliente in southern Lincoln County.

The Wild Horse Gather Plan Preliminary Environmental Assessment is being conducted by the BLM Ely District’s Caliente Field Office and will be available for public review and comment for 30 days. The Caliente Herd Complex Area consists of nine Herd Areas; Applewhite, Blue Nose Peak, Clover Creek, Clover Mountains, Delamar Mountains, Little Mountain, Meadow Valley Mountains, Miller Flat and Mormon Mountains. The 30-day public comment period concludes Friday.

The BLM is proposing to gather and remove all excess wild horses in and outside herd area boundaries. The Proposed Action is needed to improve watershed health and make significant progress towards achieving range health standards recommended by the BLM’s Mojave / Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council. The proposed gather plan would allow for an initial gather with follow-up gathers for up to 10 years from the date of the initial gather. The plan calls for transporting gathered horses to holding facilities where they would be offered for adoption.

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 Caliente Herd Area Complex is not designated for wild horses due to insufficient forage and water resources available within the complex to maintain healthy wild horses and rangelands over the long-term. The BLM’s decision to not manage for wild horses within the Caliente Herd Area Complex is based on analysis in the November 2007 Ely Proposed Resource Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement. As of March 2017, the estimated wild horse population is 1,744, which includes foals.

Substantive comment submission will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. All comments received during the public comment period will be fully considered and evaluated for preparation of the Final PEA.