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In addition to the thousands of livestock in the Blue Wing area, this area is valuable for mining:
The abundance of graphite mineralization at surface and at economic depths dictates the ability for USA Graphite’s Blue Wing Mountains Graphite Project to host a multi-million ton, carbon rich, large flake graphite deposit.

Straight from the Horse’s Heart

The Bureau of Land Management needs to change their name to the Bureau of Land Destruction

The capture and removal of 200 horses from the Blue Wing HMA (complex) was announced on Tuesday 7/30/13 and they will start capturing and removing the wild horses tomorrow 08/02/13 – giving the public no time to comment or file an IBLA complaint/stay. Drought conditions on our public land are not an emergency – they are caused by numerous factors and all of these factors areth_dsc04668 known in advance and obviously the BLM has again over-stepped its legal authority by not following the NEPA law or the 1971 Congressional Wild Horse and Burro law.

Per the Range Administration System (RAS), this Blue Wing HMA complex is almost entirely within the Blue Wing/7 Troughs grazing allotment which authorizes 20,114 active animal unit months (AUMs) and 11,912 suspended AUMs which include annual grazing of 7,064 sheep and 2,816 cattle – including authorization for 1,518 cattle to be out there right now!

So, if there is not enough forage for our wild horses and burros on their designated land that is legally set aside for them PRINCPALLY – then limited rain is NOT the problem. It is the livestock. The Bureau of Land Management needs to change their name to the Bureau of Land Destruction.

BLM announcement:

Release Date: 07/30/13

Contacts: Mark Turney, (775) 623-1541 ;

BLM Issues Gather Decision for Blue Wing Complex Wild Horse Gather

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office will begin an emergency gather on Aug. 2 to capture and remove 200 excess wild horses from the Blue Wing Complex area west of Lovelock, Nev. The emergency is needed because of declining conditions of the wild horses due to a lack of forage and declining numbers of available water sources due to severe drought.

The gather is expected to take about eight days and will be conducted by helicopter due to the terrain, the difficulty of access to water sources, and the overall skittishness of the wild horses. In this situation, a helicopter gather is the most effective method to ensure the overall health and safety of the animals.

According to Derek Messmer, acting field manager for the BLM Humboldt River Field Office, the wild horses within the Blue Wing Complex are moving farther away from their native ranges due to lack of forage and available water sources having been severely depleted.

“The current situation on the range is dismal and these wild horses, and the ecosystem they live in, need immediate relief,” said Messmer. “This emergency gather will help reduce the pressure on the water sources and range in the area, but it will not get us close to the AML.”

There are currently more than 1,574 wild horses within the proposed gather area based on flights conducted in June and on-the-ground monitoring. The wild horse appropriate management level (AML) for this area is 333 (low) to 553 (high) wild horses. The wild burro AML for this region is 55 (low) to 90 (high). The current population of burros is approximately 587; however, no burros will be captured or removed.

Removal of approximately 200 wild horses will lessen impacts to vegetation density, plant vigor, seed production, seedling establishment, and forage production relative to current conditions by reducing grazing pressures on drought-impacted rangeland resources. The gather also will help preserve the health and well-being of those animals removed from the range as well as those that will remain within the complex.

The gathered wild horses will be transported to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center near Reno, Nev. where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.

“Wild horses removed from the Blue Wing Complex will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program,” said BLM Winnemucca District Manager Gene Seidlitz. “Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their wild status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”

BLUE WING allotment