BLM seeks public comment on wild burro gather in central Utah

For illustration purposes, this photo shows wild burros in the BLM-Nevada's Hickinson Wild Burro Drought Gather July 18, 2013 | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News

PRICE — The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment analyzing proposed wild burro gather, removal and research projects that would be conducted on burro behavior and ecology.

Burros, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News
Burros, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News

The research would look into fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements and habitat range, among other things. This would be done at the scale of both the individual and population levels and in coordination with the United States Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center within the Sinbad Herd Management Area.

The Sinbad HMA is approximately 99,241 acres of federal and state lands located 30 miles west of Green River. It extends up to 19 miles on both sides of Interstate 70 and from the San Rafael Reef to Straight Wash and Cottonwood Draw.

The EA analyzes a proposal to gather and remove excess wild burros and conduct non-invasive research for a period of five years. The EA, including maps, is available online.

Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Jan. 11, 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 “Sinbad Wild Burro Gather Plan EA” when submitting comments.

Written comments may be emailed or mailed to the following address:

BLM Price Field Office

Attn: Price Field Office Manager

125 S. 600 West

Price, Utah 84501

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 Mike Tweddell at 435-636-3600. 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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3 Comments

  • beentheredonethat December 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    It is actually the Washington County commissioners on a field trip.

  • .... December 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    It’s mesaman on vacation

  • Terry December 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    LEAVE THEM ALONE!! If it ain’t broke DONT SPEND OUR MONEY ON SOME PENCIL HEADED IDEA!!

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