Signed

22 07 2020

Thank goodness for our abundance of greasewood, which makes things look green in the basin. πŸ™‚

We have a good-looking forecast, starting today!

All the documents for the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area Plan – signed! – now are on BLM’s ePlanning site.

From the final document:

Background: The 2015 RMP directed BLM to revise and update the 1994 Spring Creek Basin HMAP. This updated analysis and plan will incorporate specific goals, objectives, and techniques for guiding the long-term management of wild horses within the HMA consistent with the resource direction contained in the new RMP.

Decision: I have decided to select Alternative A, the Proposed Action for implementation as described in the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) Revision (DOI-BLM-CO-S010-2020-0009-EA). Based on my review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) and project record, I have concluded that the Proposed Action was analyzed in sufficient detail to allow me to make an informed decision. This decision 1) establishes an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 50 to 80 adult wild horses that is in balance with the ecosystem and available forage; 2) implements the use of BLM approved fertility control measures to slow the annual rate of growth of the wild horse herd; 3) establishes monitoring criteria for initiating the removal of excess wild horses; 4) utilizes bait trapping as the preferred removal technique; 5) maintains genetic viability expressed as observed heterozygosity within the wild horse herd by periodically introducing outside horses from other similar herd management areas; 6) manages the wild horse herd to achieve a diverse age class and natural sex ratio; 7) establishes vegetation monitoring objectives for maintaining good ecological and forage conditions; and 8) authorizes additional new water developments for improving wild horse distribution across the HMA.

Overall, implementation of this decision will provide long-term management guidance for sustaining a healthy wild horse herd in balance with the ecosystem, while ensuring that Public Land Health Standards developed for Colorado are being achieved.


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8 responses

22 07 2020
Diane Muller

Sounds good, 😊

22 07 2020
TJ

Yes! πŸ™‚

22 07 2020
Karen Schmiede

Looking good for the horses!

22 07 2020
TJ

It’s excellent for their continued good management! πŸ™‚

22 07 2020
Pat

Thank you for sharing. Thanks to Mike Jensen and Connie for making this happen for the future of the horses. We are blessed to have TJ Holmes to document each horse’s lineage.

22 07 2020
TJ

Big thanks to Mike and Connie. πŸ™‚ We’re grateful to have great partners in our BLM folks! *I* am blessed to be surrounded by these mustangs and all the advocates who made this happen. Thanks, Pat (and Frank!), for all you’ve done these many years!

22 07 2020
Hutch

I agree with Pat!
THANKS to all involved.

22 07 2020
TJ

Thanks, Uncle Tom. πŸ™‚

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