Black Rock Field Office issues final Environmental Assessment for the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan

WINNEMUCCA – Today, the Black Rock Field Office signed and issued the Environmental Assessment, Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact documents for the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area located in Humboldt County. The public comment period was open from August 27 to Sept. 26, 2021.

The Environmental Assessment analyzes the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects from implementation of the gathers. The gathers will occur in and around the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area, located approximately 56 miles west of Winnemucca, Nevada.

“The proposed action is to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area to achieve the established Appropriate Management Level of 130- 217 wild horses and implement a range of fertility control techniques to maintain the population within AML over a period of up to 10 years,” said Black Rock Field Office Manager, Mark Hall. 

The purpose of gathering horses is critical to prevent further deteriorating body condition of the wild horses in the area due to extremely limited water sources, undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. 

Documents for the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area Environmental Analysis can be viewed here-

For more information contact: Garrett Swisher, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist at 775-623-1500.