Malheur wild horse

A wild horse grazes near a gravel road in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest.

The 30-day designated comment period for proposed actions to establish a Herd Management Area Plan for the Murderer’s Creek Wild Horse Joint Management Area began July 17 with publication of a legal notice in the Blue Mountain Eagle.

The Malheur National Forest, Blue Mountain Ranger District, in cooperation with Prineville District BLM, has started the environmental analysis process to establish a management plan for wild horses in the Murderers Creek area, according to a press release. The U.S. Forest Service is the lead agency for this analysis.

Proposed actions include establishing an appropriate population for the herd.

The joint management area is located in Grant County between the towns of Dayville, Mt. Vernon and Seneca. It lies north of the Izee Highway (County Road 63), south of Aldrich Mountain, west of Flagtail Mountain and includes portions of the South Fork John Day River. The joint management area contains 108,488 acres of federal public lands. State and privately held lands that lie within the joint management area are not included in the analysis.

The purpose of the project is to manage wild horses to maintain an ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands.

Detailed proposed action documents can be accessed on the Forest Service website. Copies can be requested by contacting Range NEPA Coordinator Marion Mahaffey at 541-575-3302 or 541-575-3000.

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