The venue for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public hearing on the use of motorized vehicles including aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros on public lands in Nevada has been changed to the Lander County Courthouse Community Room, 50 State Route 305, in Battle Mountain.

The meeting was originally scheduled to take place at the Battle Mountain District Office. The meeting will still be held July 28 at 6 p.m.

An annual 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 conduct population surveys on herd management areas (HMAs) and obtain seasonal distribution information for wild horse and burro herds throughout Nevada. Also proposed is using a helicopter to assist in gathering excess wild horses and burros on HMAs and complexes throughout the state during the coming year. The actual number of areas where gathers or population surveys will be conducted will depend on a number of factors including funding. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses or burros as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

For further information concerning the hearing, contact Kyle Hendrix at 775/635-4054 or Shawna Richardson at 775/635-4181. Please note that if you cannot attend the hearing, written comments can be mailed to the BLM Battle Mountain District Office, Attention: Shawna Richardson, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820. Comments must be received by Aug. 8 to be considered.