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Public comment period is open for the Ellsworth Public Off-Range Pasture
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NORMAN, Okla. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to enter into a contract with the Svaty Ranch, located in Ellsworth County, for care and maintenance of excess wild horses removed from the public range. In accordance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, as amended, the Ellsworth Public Off-Range Pasture (PORP) would provide humane accommodations for up to 226 excess wild horses on a 1,737-acre facility, meeting the health and welfare needs of these excess wild free-roaming horses.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) mandate, the BLM Oklahoma Field Office conducted an evidentiary-based analysis of potential environmental impacts associated with this proposed Federal action utilizing an interdisciplinary team (IDT) approach, Feb. 11-15. The IDT identified eight potential issues for analysis in an Environmental Assessment (EA) document, which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).   

For more information on the planning process, contact Patrick Rich, BLM Oklahoma Field Office RMP Team Lead, at 405-579-7154.