BLM Seeking Comment on Onaqui HMA Environmental Analysis
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah’s Salt Lake Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wild horse gather and removal in the Onaqui Herd Management Area (HMA).
The Onaqui HMA is located in Tooele County, approximately 60 miles west of Tooele, Utah. It consists of approximately 206,252 acres of public and state lands, with a current estimated population of 450 wild horses. The BLM has set the appropriate management level at 121-210 wild horses.
The EA analyzes a proposal to gather and remove excess wild horses in response to several issues currently occurring in the HMA. The BLM said this includes, but is not limited to, emergency stabilization and restoration of land affected by wildfires, reduction of impacts due to overpopulation of wild horses, greater sage-grouse and vegetation treatment interactions, and the actions to comply with the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Approval Resource Management Plan
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