BLM Seeking Comments on Twin Peaks HMA Wild Horse, Burro Management

The BLM is seeking input on a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing a range of alternatives for managing wild horses and burros on public lands along the California-Nevada border.
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The Twin Peaks HMA covers nearly 800,000 acres in Lassen County, California, and Washoe County, Nevada, and, based on BLM estimates, is home to about 3,500 wild horses and 600 wild burros. | Photo: Courtesy BLM
On May 30 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released for public review and comment a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing a range of alternatives for managing wild horses and burros on public lands along the California-Nevada border, northeast of Susanville, California.

The Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse and Burro Gather Plan is available on the BLM planning website at bit.ly/2YVsUnL. To obtain copies of the plan in other formats, contact Amanda Gearhart, the BLM Northern California District wild horse and burro program specialist, at 530/257-0456.

“Our goal is to establish and maintain healthy wild horses on healthy lands in balance with other authorized range users,” said Brian Novosak, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, in Susanville. “The wild horse and burro population in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area has grown well beyond the population range established in our land use plan. This plan examines the environmental impacts of several approaches that would reduce the size of the wild herds over a 10-year period. We also analyze in this plan the impacts of taking no action.”

Novosak said public comments on the preliminary document will be useful to the BLM multidisciplinary staff developing the final plan that would be issued along with a decision to implement the population management actions. He said comments should be specific to be most helpful to the BLM

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