Today BLM approved a district wide removal plan for wild horses and burros in Southern NV.
“This is not an HMA/HA analysis, this is a district wide plan that will allow removals throughout the district with a simple signature. In essence, this creates a complaint/removal system with little opportunity for oversight.” Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education founder, “Yet, it also opens the door for district wide legal challenges; if BLM can be this lazy and shirk site by site analysis? then we should be able to address ongoing issues regarding wild horses and burros on a district wide scale, in every district and every court. Instead? our challenges are held to a site-by-site mechanism. This is wrong, but it may open a door.”
Will district wide removal plans become the new normal?
Please note that BLM now uses the term “relocate” to simply mean “take to a holding facility.” BLM often changes terminology to imply they have changed a protocol, not just the name of the process. Relocate may sound like they are taken elsewhere to “be free.” It does not.
WHE will challenge this decision as inadequate under current NEPA standards.
BLM press release:
BLM issues Record of Decision on EA to address public safety, emergencies and private property issues related to wild horses and burros
LAS VEGAS – On April 1, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southern Nevada District issued a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on analysis provided in the Southern Nevada District Emergency, Public Safety, and Highway Nuisance Gathers Environmental Assessment (EA).
The action is needed in order to reduce and mitigate public safety
The EA will not be used as a tool for gathering excess wild horses and burros
The EA and DR/FONSI are available online at https://go.usa.gov/xp95T.
For technical information, contact Tabby Romero, Southern Nevada District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, at (702) 515-5171
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