The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing to discuss motorized vehicles and aircraft use in monitoring and managing of wild horses and burros on Nevada public lands. The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 27, at the White Pine County Library, 995 Campton Street, in Ely, Nevada.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive information and public comment on using helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to inventory wild horse and burro populations and using helicopters to gather and remove excess animals. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses and burros as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

Before helicopters or motorized vehicles can be used, a public hearing is required to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The BLM proposes to use a helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, and other motorized vehicles to estimate population numbers and obtain seasonal distribution information for wild horse and burro herds throughout Nevada. The agency is also proposing to use a helicopter to assist in gathering excess wild horses and burros on complexes throughout the state during the coming year. The actual number of areas where gathers will be conducted or inventoried will depend on a number of factors, including funding.

For more information, contact Ben Noyes, BLM Ely District wild horse and burro specialist, at 775/289-1800.