BLM seeks public comment on Sulphur Wild Horse Gather Plan

Wild horses, location and date not specified | Photo of the Bureau of Land Management, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Bureau of Land Management-Cedar City Office has announced a 30-day public comment period beginning Monday and ending Jan. 19, 2016, for the Sulphur Wild Horse Gather Plan, which includes a proposed fence along a portion of state Route 21. The BLM is currently soliciting public comments to be considered prior to the finalization of the Environmental Analysis.

This photo shows horses released at Trap Site No. 1 in a previous wild horse gather by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sulphur Herd Management Area located in Beaver, Millard and Iron counties, Utah, circa 2010-11 per BLM Web page | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News
This photo shows horses released at Trap Site No. 1 in a previous wild horse gather by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sulphur Herd Management Area located in Beaver, Millard and Iron counties, Utah, circa 2010-11 per BLM Web page | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News

The Sulphur Herd Management Area is located in western Iron, Beaver and Millard counties, approximately 50 miles west of Milford in the Indian Peak and Mountain Home mountain ranges. The Sulphur HMA contains approximately 265,675 acres.

The EA includes analysis of a proposal to gather and remove excess wild horses and apply fertility control between two and four times over a 10-year period. The first of these gathers is planned to begin as early as 2016.

It also analyses the construction of a fence along SR-21 from the middle of North Pine Valley to Mormon Gap to reduce the number of wild horse and vehicle collisions that occur in that area. The EA describes the potential environmental impacts from implementing the proposed projects and includes related maps.

The EA, including maps, is available on the BLM website or on ePlanning.

Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Jan. 19, 2016. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible.

Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Sulphur Wild Horse Gather Plan” when submitting comments.

This photo shows horses being released at Trap Site No. 2 in a previous wild horse gather by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sulphur Herd Management Area located in Beaver, Millard and Iron counties, Utah, circa 2010-11 per BLM Web page | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News
This photo shows horses being released at Trap Site No. 2 in a previous wild horse gather by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sulphur Herd Management Area located in Beaver, Millard and Iron counties, Utah, circa 2010-11 per BLM Web page | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News

Written comments may be emailed or mailed to the following:

Bureau of Land Management
Cedar City Field Office
Attn: Chad Hunter
176 E. DL Sargent Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721

Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment — including personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For additional EA-specific information, please contact Chad Hunter, Wild Horse/Rangeland management specialist, at 435-865-3000.

This photo shows horses running free at Trap Site No. 2 in a previous wild horse gather by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sulphur Herd Management Area located in Beaver, Millard and Iron counties, Utah, circa 2010-11 per BLM Web page | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News
This photo shows horses running free at Trap Site No. 2 in a previous wild horse gather by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sulphur Herd Management Area located in Beaver, Millard and Iron counties, Utah, circa 2010-11 per BLM Web page | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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