Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to Hold Public Meetings on a Proposed Spring Mountains Wild Horse & Burro Complex, Herd Management Plan Project

Release Date: Jun 17, 2013  

LAS VEGAS, Nevada…The U.S. Forest Service’s (FS) Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Southern Nevada District, Las Vegas, Pahrump, and Red Rock Field Offices, jointly will hold three public scoping/opportunity to comment meetings to listen and record public comments for the proposed Spring Mountains Wild Horse & Burro (WHB) Complex Herd Management Plan Project located in Clark and Nye Counties.

This proposed project includes three Joint Management Areas: the Red Rock Joint Management Area (FS Red Rock WHB Territory/BLMs Red Rock Herd Management Area), Spring Mountains Joint Management Area (FS’s Spring Mountains WHB Territory/ BLMs Wheeler Pass HMA) and Johnnie Joint Management Area (FS’s Johnnie WHB Territory/ BLMs Johnnie HMA). Around 79 percent of the area is managed by the BLM, while around 21 percent is managed by the Forest Service.                       

The public meetings will be held in an open-house and public comment format with information available about the proposed wild horse and burro project. The meetings are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on June 25, 26, and 27 in the following locations:

·         June 25- Pahrump (Bob Rudd Center)

·         June 26- Good Springs (Good Springs Community Center)

·         June 27- Cold Creek (Volunteer Fire Station)

The public is asked to help identify potential issues regarding the proposal develop a Herd Management Area Plan for three complexes. This plan would verify and clarify Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) within the Joint Management Areas. Current analysis shows that existing herd populations exceed AMLs. In these cases, a gather plan would be developed and also be analyzed. This analysis would be designed to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance between wild horse and burro populations, wildlife, vegetation, and water resources.

The USDA Forest Service published a legal notice in the Reno Gazette Journal on June 14, 2013, announcing the Notice of Proposed Action and Opportunity to Comment on the Spring Mountains WH&B Complex Herd Management Area Plan Project.

Learn more about this project by clicking on this link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40960.  Or for more details about the public meetings and for information on release of a document for comment contact Project Leader, Terri Frolli, at 775-355-5335; Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Manager, Randy Swick, at 702-515-5448; Pahrump Field Office Manager, Deb MacNeill, at 702-

515-5042; or email us at smwhbcomplex@fs.fed.us.