The Rock Springs Scoping period has been extended for comments about wild horses until September 27 and we need people to go and speak at the public meetings September 11 4-7 pm in Rock Springs, WY and September 12 4-7 pm in Rawlins, WY. We also need comments on this scoping plan which will virtually eliminate all wild horses in Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin and White Mountain, 4 of the largest remaining wild horse herds in the country. This is the link to the second press release with the information about the meetings and where to send comments:
The original press release dated two weeks earlier,August 16, 2013 about these new meetings outlines the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s plans for destroying all four of these herds: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/news_room/2013/august/16rsfo-rmpsnoi.html
“The Rock Springs Field Office is presently revising its RMP (Resource Management Plan) through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Wild horse management, including HMA (Herd Management Area) boundaries which encompass RSGA (Rocks Springs Grazing Association) lands and appropriate management levels (AMLs), will be reviewed and reanalyzed during the NEPA process. This process allows for public involvement throughout with several opportunities for interested parties to comment and review. The BLM will prepare to remove wild horses from the checkerboard lands within the respective HMAs once the population is estimated to exceed 200 wild horses for the combined Salt Wells Creek/Adobe Town Complex, or 100 wild horses for the Great Divide Basin HMA. The yearly gather/removal commitments are Salt Wells Creek and Adobe Town HMAs in 2013, Great Divide Basin HMA in 2014, and White Mountain HMA in 2015, with additional gathers in 2016, if necessary. Between 205 to 300 wild horses will remain in the White Mountain HMA where the BLM will institute fertility control measures to maintain the numbers to the lower range of the AML (Appropriate Management Level). The BLM also commits to consider an amendment to the RMP to manage the White Mountain herd as non-reproducing.“
This is a vastly different and much more radical removal plan than the Decision Record issued for the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Creek roundup, issued in July, 2013:
“The ATSW Complex’s current wild horse population is nearly 1,447. This decision authorizes gathering approximately 85 percent, or roughly 1,229 wild horses, and removing 586, leaving 861 mustangs in the complex. Removing the mustangs would reduce the current population to the low AML of 861-1,165 wild horses. All released mares would be treated with the Porcine Zona Pellucida vaccine.”
The Scoping process for the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan has been going on since January of 2011 and there are currently only 10 comments about wild horse management on record, all very much in favor of this new plan. We need to flood the BLM with comments that we want to preserve wild horses on our public lands in these four herd areas, and not submit to pressure from the Rock Springs Grazing Association to virtually wipe them out.
Here is a link to the Final Scoping Report:
And all the documents related to the Scoping Document:
Here is the information for submitting comments:
Comments may be emailed to BLM_WY_RockSpringsRMP@blm.gov (please include “Wild Horse Scoping” in the subject line), faxed to (307) 352-0329, or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Field Office, Wild Horse Scoping, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, WY 82901.
Please plan to attend one of the meetings if you can, but written comments and in person comments are counted equally in the planning process, so please do send your comments in by September 27 so that we can save these four Red Desert Herds.