Moriah Roundup Pending

BLM announced today the signing of a Decision Record for wild horse management actions at the Moriah HA in eastern Nevada, allowing a roundup to occur after a 30-day appeal period.

The DR authorized the Proposed Action (Alternative A) in the final Environmental Assessment.

The HA covers 53,300 acres on the Utah border and has no AML.  It was deemed unsuitable for horses in 2008 and demoted from an HMA, yet an estimated 714 horses live there today.

Moriah HA Map

The HA intersects five allotments and is almost entirely subject to permitted livestock grazing, as shown in Figure 1 of the EA.

The Proposed Action will remove all wild horses from the area.

RELATED: Comments Invited on Moriah Gather EA.

2 thoughts on “Moriah Roundup Pending

  1. The Moriah herd has most likely existed before Nv statehood and should be dna tested prior to any managment decisions. Since the legendary priest, Rev. Eusebio Francisco Kino, in May of 1700 rode from Tumacacori to the town of San Ignacio, just in the nick of time to save an Indian who was about to be executed, the Colonial Spanish Horse (CPA) has been a part of America’s cultural practices and beliefs. The remnant herds represent 500 years of cultural heritage. They also represent a Cultural Resource under Sec 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Their hoof print evolved with the birth of this nation to the present, http://www.galiceno.org/history-of-horses-in-the-americas.html. Now it is so necessary and imperative to add all American’s Colonial Spanish Wild Horse Herds to the inventory of Historic Cultural Resources. This is consistent with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. FLPMA required(s) that: “… wild horses and burros shall be considered comparably with other resource values in the formulations of land use plans” 43 CFR Sec. 4700.0-6 .

    Our country’s evolution is intertwined with the a culture surrounding the Colonial Spanish horse discussed here: The influence on CA tribal culture is documented in Born of Horses here: http://sandiegohistory.org/sites/default/files/journal/v60-3/v60-3lacson.pdf , the attached interview with Alvino Siva, and a plethora of documentation not listed.
    While the dna represents breed, the history of the culture supercedes issues addressed in the 1973 ESA special status criteria. Both are discussed here: http://www.centerforamericasfirsthorse.org/north-american-colonial-spanish-horse.html. More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_culture. A horse culture is a tribal group or community whose day-to-day life revolves around the herding and breeding of horses.

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