The BLM is considering a contract for a new Long Term Holding Pasture (which is now called an Off Range Pasture…probably because the BLM knows the horses or burros won’t really be there “long term,” but only until the horses or burros can be secretively hauled away into the slaughter pipeline.)
Tate Farms, LLC is a business owned by Joseph and Jenifer Tate of Milwaukee, WI. Tate Farms is a cattle company. Scott Noll, a pilot, is listed as the agent for/member of Tate Farms. So, who will be tending to the wild horses? A pilot? Wealthy individuals who live in a mansion in another state? Long term holding shouldn’t be about just sticking the horses on a piece of land. The BLM should give a public accounting regarding the experience of the people who will be tending to the wild horses, including their knowledge of, and experience with, horses. – Debbie
BLM Seeks Comment on Potential Wild Horse Off-Range Pasture
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah’s Richfield Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wild horse off-range pasture (ORP).
The proposed action is for the BLM to fund a contract for a wild horse ORP facility on the Tate Farms property, located on both sides of Highway 132 near Fountain Green, Utah, totaling approximately 3,900 acres. The application is from Scott Noll, who manages the family-owned Tate Farms. The estimated capacity of the Tate Farms property is a maximum of 700 horses.
The EA can be viewed on ePlanning at http://go.usa.gov/cTkMe or by accessing the main ePlanning Register page and using the “Advanced Search” feature to search for NEPA #: DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2016-0001-EA or project name “Fountain Green Off-Range Pasture.”
Written comments will be accepted by letter or e-mail until Feb. 15. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but might be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Fountain Green Off-Range Pasture EA” when submitting comments.
Written comments can be submitted via mail or e-mail using the following addresses:
Mail—BLM Utah State Office
Attn: Julie Carson
440 W 200 S, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Before including an address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
For additional EA-specific information, please contact Julie Carson at 801/539-4245.