Decision Expected Next Week in Piceance-East Douglas EA?

So says the writer of a story appearing this morning in the The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, CO.  The decision likely involves a plan for resource enforcement actions in the Piceance-East Douglas HMA, NEPA project DOI-BLM-CO-N050-2020-0056-EA.

The comment period for the Draft EA closed on December 23, according to a BLM news release dated November 23.

Western Horse Watchers did not see the announcement.  It may have been posted late but backdated to November 23, burying it in old news.  This has happened before.

The HMA covers 190,130 acres in northwestern Colorado and has an AML of 235, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 1.2 wild horses per thousand acres.

Piceance HMA Map 02-03-21

The EA indicates in Section 5.1 (page 30 in the pdf) that “The predominant land uses within the PEDHMA are livestock grazing, energy development, and dispersed recreation including hunting,” but provides no data for the allotments, grazing seasons and active AUMs.

That would have been a substantive comment.  Resource allocations and management priorities in the HMA are unknown.  Is it managed primarily for livestock?  Who knows.

Note that protection of wild horses is not one of the predominant uses.

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