Office of Land Management Issues Decision on Environmental Assessment of Marietta Herd Management Wild Ass Collection

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Carson City District’s Stillwater Field Office has released the Decision and Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Marietta Herd Management Area (HMA). The 10-year Wild Burro Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment will take place in southern Mineral County along the State Route 360 ​​corridor and extending northwest toward Hawthorne, Nevada.

The decision is to reduce impacts to range health and wildlife habitat within and outside the Marietta CMA. The EE will be used to facilitate the rounding up and removal of excess feral donkeys inside and outside the HMA to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 78-104 donkeys and implement a range fertility controls to maintain the population within the AML for a period of up to 10 years in accordance with 43 CFR 4700 and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, as as amended (public law 92-195). In 2021 and 2022, BLM conducted aerial survey flights; as a result, BLM estimates the current burro population at 450-500 burros. The EA analyzed the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of the implementation of the project. A 30-day public review period took place from July 22 to August 22.

“BLM’s priority is to conduct a safe, efficient and successful burro collection operation while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals collected,” said Stillwater Field Office Manager Jake Vialpando.

The environmental assessment, conclusion of no significant impact and decision record are available on the project webpage for review at https://go.usa.gov/xxxA. Refer to the record of decision for appeal procedures. If you have questions or access issues, email [email protected] or call 775-885-6000.