(photo: Carol Walker)
Your comments are needed to make sure wild horses and burros are protected in possible amendments to very important BLM Land Use Plans (LUPs) in California and Nevada. You can cite this report: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/lup/90121/123510/150623/SO3353-report.pdf (wild horses are noted on page 37, the second box from the bottom). Tell the BLM you want our wild horse & burro herds to be maintained in viable numbers. Per the equine geneticist hired by the BLM, Dr. Gus Cothran, the minimum wild horse and burro herd size should be 150-200 animals. Within a herd containing this number, about 100 animals would be of breeding age. Of those 100, approximately 50 horses or burros would comprise the genetic effective population size. Dr. Cothran has stated that 50 is a minimum number. A higher number would decrease the chances for inbreeding. (A decreased genetic effective population size leads to both inbreeding and the loss of alleles by genetic drift, increasing the probability of population extinction.) Also, if the BLM skews the sex ratio to favor males, the number should be higher.
Members of the public can convey comments to the BLM via a website and via email.
For more information please contact Matt Magaletti, BLM Nevada State Office, at 775-861-6472
Source: Elko Daily Free Press
RENO – The Bureau of Land Management announced opportunities for the public to comment and share issues on the agency’s consideration of potential amendments to its Nevada and California land use plans, specifically elements of land use plans that address greater sage-grouse conservation. Meetings cover Northern Nevada, including one slated for Elko on Nov. 8.
On Oct. 5, the Department of the Interior announced its intention to revisit land use plans in 10 western states to improve greater sage-grouse conservation and to strengthen communication and coordination between western states and the federal government. The existing plans, which were amended in 2015, provide guidance and direction to BLM managers in Nevada for the management of greater sage-grouse habitat.
The public scoping meetings will be held in Reno, Elko and Ely to provide venues in areas covered by the sage grouse plan. BLM staff will be on hand to gather information about potential issues to be considered related to any plan amendments.
Location: The Nugget, Sierra Room 1, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks
Date and Time: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Elko Convention Center, 700 Moren Way, Elko
Date and Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Bristle Cone Convention Center, 150 W. Sixth St., Ely
Date and Time: Thursday, Nov. 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Members of the public can also convey comments to the BLM via a website and via email.
For more information please contact Matt Magaletti, BLM Nevada State Office, at 775-861-6472.