The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office is seeking comments on the preparation of a new Resource Management Plan (RMP), which addresses the management of wild horses and burros in 12 Herd Management Areas in central Nevada.
This area accounts for roughly 1.8 million acres of Nevada’s wild horse herd management areas (including one burro herd management area).
Under the current management strategies, many public lands in Nevada are managed to maximize commercial livestock grazing. Nearly seven million acres of wild horse habitat have been “zeroed out” over the past four decades, leaving Nevada's mustangs and burros with nearly one-third less than the original 22.1 million acres set aside for their use. Allowable population levels in the remaining herd management areas are set at arbitrarily, and sometimes ridiculously, low numbers. In area after area, the majority of resources in designated wild horse and burro areas is allocated to privately-owned livestock. It's time for wild horses and burros to receive a fairer share of resources on the small fraction of public lands that have been designated as habitat for them. The welfare ranching practices that have dominated the management of public lands must be reformed.
The current action will re-write the existing, 25-year old RMP. This is the stage of the planning process when the BLM sets management strategies, allocates resources, and sets “appropriate” management levels for wild horses and burros. Now is the time to raise our collective voices to demand change in the heart of mustang country!
Please take easy action below to send a strong message on behalf of Nevada’s mustangs. Please customize your comments. Deadline for comments: February 11, 2011
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