Friday, February 25, 2011

Back to Back BLM Press Releases

From Equine Welfare Alliance

BLM Nevada News

FOR RELEASE:  Feb. 25, 2011
CONTACT:  Heather Emmons, 775-861-6594,

BLM Concludes Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather 

Reno, Nev.- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has concluded the Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather today.  About 20 mares that were gathered on the north-west side of the Dolly Varden Range in the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA) will receive fertility control and be released back to the HMA tomorrow.

"Applying fertility control will slow population growth and help us maintain population size within the HMA," said Amy Lueders, BLM Nevada Acting State Director.  "These actions also will extend the time before another gather will be required to remove excess wild horses."

To date, the BLM Ely and Elko Districts have gathered about 1,368 excess wild horses from the Antelope Complex.  The BLM had planned to gather and remove about 2,000 excess animals to reduce the wild horse population to within a range of 427 to 788 animals, which is the appropriate carrying capacity for the Complex based on available water and forage in the area.

The Antelope Complex consists of the Antelope HMA which is managed by the BLM Ely District and the Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop HMAs which are managed by the Elko District.

The gathered animals are being transported to either the Gunnison Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah; the Palomino Valley Center near Reno, Nev.; the Delta Wild Horse Corrals in Delta, Utah;  or the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Center in Herriman, Utah, where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.

Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their "wild" status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.

For more detailed information about the release of the mares, call the Wild Horse Gather Information Line at 775-753-0227 for a recorded message.  Daily updates of the gather and photos are posted on the BLM website at:



Ruby Pipeline Press Release
BLM Nevada News


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       

DATE:  February 25, 2011

Contact:  Mark Mackiewicz, 435-636-3616

 BLM Amends Ruby Pipeline Project

The U. S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a Decision to amend the Right-of-Way (ROW) Grant and Temporary use Permit (TUP) for the Ruby Pipeline Project on February 24, 2011.  The 42-inch diameter, approximately 678-mile long interstate natural gas pipeline crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon.

The Ruby Project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 5, 2010. The ROW Grant and Plan of Development were approved by a Record of Decision (ROD) issued by the BLM on July 12, 2010.  Potential effects were analyzed in an Environmental Impact Statement, released in January 2010. 

After consideration of agency and tribal comments the BLM has decided, with concurrence from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, to make changes to the ROW Grant for the project.  This Decision incorporates the Klamath County Reroute, developed to avoid sensitive resources that were identified in consultation with agencies and affected tribes.

Copies of the Decision, as well as the original ROD, are available at the locations listed below and on the on the Internet at:

· BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY

· BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT

· BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV

· BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV

· BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR

· BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR

· BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA

· Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR

· Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT

· Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR

Questions concerning the Decision may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o 125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501.  


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