Scoping Begins for Cedar Mountain Pest Control Plan

The resources have already been apportioned.  The project will decide how to enforce them.

Starting today, interested persons can identify issues, suggest alternatives and provide data that could be useful in preparing an environmental assessment that supports the decision-making process.

The proposed action will likely include, among other things, removal of wild horses to the low end of AML and one or more fertility control methods.

Comments must be submitted March 5, according to the news release.

The HMA covers 411,636 acres west of Salt Lake City.  The 390 horses allowed by plan require 4,680 AUMs per year.

The stocking rate allowed by plan is 0.9 horses per thousand acres.

The current population is thought to be around 790, excluding foals.

Cedar Mountain HMA Map 01-29-22

The HMA intersects four allotments according to the Western Watersheds map and appears to be 100% subject to permitted grazing.

The amount of forage assigned to livestock inside the HMA is not known.

The proposed roundup would occur no sooner than the fall of 2022.  The removal goal would be at least 600.

RELATED: New Resource Enforcement Plan for Cedar Mountain HMA?

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