Located in the Centennial Valley, the 4,000-acre, family-owned Deerwood Ranch applied to provide long-term, humane care for up to 300 excess, non-reproducing wild horses gathered from Western public rangelands. Public lands are not included in this proposal.
Under the proposal the BLM will sponsor the ecosanctuary at a funding level comparable to what the Bureau pays for the care of excess wild horses on long-term pastures in the Midwest. The partnership agreement contains an ecotourism component which will defray costs for operating the sanctuary and save taxpayer dollars through fundraising.
Initial public scoping for the wild horse ecosanctuary was conducted in April and May. The EA was made available for public comment in July and August, and all comments concerning potential impacts were addressed in the EA. The DR is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the Decision Record. A copy of the EA, FONSI, and DR are available at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/ecosanctuary.html.
For more information, contact Marcell Astle, 307-328-4313.