The BLM plans to gather and remove an estimated 140 wild horses from the Blawn Wash Herd Management Area — one of four Herd Management Areas that make up the Bible Spring Complex. Gather operations will also extend to the adjacent Highway 21 area, where 10-30 wild horses pose traffic safety hazards.
Animals removed from the Blawn Wash management area and Highway 21 will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Beginning July 28, and for the duration of the gather operation, interested public may participate in an escorted tour each day. Participants should meet at the KB Express Convenience Store/Subway, 238 South Main in Milford and be ready to leave at 5 a.m. sharp. Please note, the dates and departure times for public tours are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. Participants should check the gather hotline nightly – Telephone 435-865-3030 – for any changes or updates to the schedule. Participants must provide their own transportation, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that those attending the gather dress for harsh, summer field conditions. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.
There is no anticipated closure of public lands unless deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Those who participate in outdoor recreation during the gather and visitors to the gather area should be aware that low flying aircraft will be present in the area and brief road closures may be needed to allow movement of wild horse herds during the operation.
The BLM requests that pilots avoid flight patterns through the Wah Wah Mountain range south of Highway 21, the Shaunite Hills and along Highway 21 throughout the Snake Valley because air traffic could pose safety risk to helicopters assisting gather operations. These helicopters often change course and altitude quickly.
To learn more about the program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website.
The Bible Spring Complex Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record are posted on the BLM website.
For additional information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at telephone 435-743-3128 or email [email protected].
Note: Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf, or TDD, may call the Federal Information Relay Service, or FIRS, at telephone 800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
- What: Wild horse gather, public observation
- Where: Meet at KB Express Convenience Store/Subway, 238 South Main, Milford
- When: July 28, following, 5 a.m. sharp
- Information resources: Gather hotline, telephone 435-865-3030 (scheduled gathers) | BLM website | Twitter @BLMUtah #BlawnWashGather
- Contact: Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist | telephone 435-743-3128 | email [email protected]
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