BLM releases analysis of proposed wild horse ecosanctuary near Lander

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is beginning a public comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) which analyzes a proposed wild horse ecosanctuary on the Double D Ranch, approximately 7 miles north of Lander, Wyo.

Located in west central Wyoming at the foot of the Wind River Mountains, the 900 acre Double D ranch has applied to provide long-term, humane care for up to 250 wild horses gathered primarily from Wyoming public rangelands. The wild horses would primarily come from Wyoming public rangelands, however public lands are not included as part of this proposal.

The EA is available for review and comment by visiting the BLM website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/ecosanctuary.html.

If the proposal is approved, the BLM would sponsor the ecosanctuary at a funding level comparable to what it pays for the care of wild horses on long-term pastures in the Midwest. The ecosanctuary would be publicly accessible and provide ecotourism and educational opportunities which would help defray costs for operating the sanctuary.

To ensure comments and information are fully considered, the BLM must receive your input in writing by July 7, 2014. Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of those issues. After comments are analyzed and incorporated into the EA where appropriate, the BLM will issue a final decision.

Please email comments to BLM_WY_Lander_Ecosanctuary_EA@blm.gov.

Comments may also be mailed or hand delivered to Scott Fluer or Rubel Vigil, BLM Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

To learn more about the proposed ecosanctuary, please visitwww.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/ecosanctuary.html.