The document was released for review and comments a year ago today. If the project is approved, it will rank among the greatest losses to America’s wild horses.
The proposed action, Alternative D in the EIS, will effect these changes:
- The Rock Springs Field Office portion of the Adobe Town HMA will become an HA and be managed for zero wild horses. In the Rawlins Field Office portion, all checkerboard land and the area north of the existing Corson Springs southern allotment boundary will become an HA and be managed for zero wild horses. The remainder of the HMA will be managed for an AML of 259 – 536.
- The Divide Basin HMA will become an HA and be managed for zero wild horses
- The Salt Wells Creek HMA will become an HA and be managed for zero wild horses
- The White Mountain HMA will become an HA and be managed for zero wild horses
Resources allocated to the horses may be reassigned to wildlife or livestock.
The following image is based on a map in the executive summary in the EIS. The project area is in southwestern Wyoming.
Grazing allotments in the Rock Springs Field Office are shown in this map. Table 3-2 in the EIS shows the allotments that overlap the HMAs.
The allotment master report for the RSFO has 80 listings, including 34 allotments in the Improve category, 17 in the Maintain category and 29 in the Custodial category.
The Rock Springs allotment, in the Maintain category, intersects three of the HMAs.
The largest permit holder, from an AUM viewpoint, is the Rock Springs Grazing Association, instigator of the project. Refer to the executive summary for details.
The terms of the RSGA consent decree and Alternative D in the EIS are not identical.
UPDATE: References to ‘EA’ in this post have been replaced with ‘EIS.’
RELATED: Rock Springs RMP Recap, Allotment Categories Explained.
4 thoughts on “EIS for Rock Springs RMP Amendments Turns 1 Today”
I am against this act of violence against wild horses. Wise up Wyoming.
Stop using their land for cattle
..it is illegal and morally wrong!
I guess the DOI together with the USDA is intent on turning the whole West into desert? Annihilation.
I’ve just gone through the eighty-eight pages of allotment master report, where it says YES to grazing availability on each allotment does that mean BLM is still selling grazing leases whilst doing roundups? Where els would I go to find out? Unit is cow and calf right?