The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Winnemucca District Office, in Nevada, is seeking public comment on the East Pershing Complex Gather Plan Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA). The 30-day public comment period will close at 4:30 p.m. on July 12.

This preliminary EA specifically considers and analyzes potential methods to be used to manage the wild horses and burros within the East Pershing Complex, located south of Winnemucca and east of Lovelock, Nevada.

Due to wild horse and burro populations in excess of the BLM’s appropriate management level (AML), lack of water, and forage availability for the increasing herd sizes, the BLM says actions are necessary to prevent further range deterioration and reduce population growth rates to achieve and maintain the AML.

The BLM has two action alternatives

  • Alternative A: Fertility control and/or spaying with or without gathers; or
  • Alternative B: Multiple gathers and removals with fertility control and/or spaying/gelding.

The preliminary EA is available on the Winnemucca District’s National Environmental Policy Act website at Hardcopies of these documents are available upon request from the Winnemucca District.

Questions and written comments should be directed to:

Samantha Gooch
Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
BLM Humboldt River Field Office
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.,
Winnemucca, NV 89445.

Comments can also be e-mailed to BLM_NV_East_Pershing with “East Pershing Complex Gather” in the subject line.

Commenters should be aware before including their address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in their comment, that their entire comment—including identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time. While individuals can ask the BLM in their comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. Anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.