January 1, 1970
At present, the southern portion of the HMA is the most heavily utilized. Two ranches have stock permits in the HMA and rely on several pastures in the area. The wild horses have also become accustomed to the reliable water sources found there. Dry Creek is an ephemeral creek that runs along the southern boundary of the HMA that dries up during the critical months of June, July, and August and sometimes longer. If more reliable water sources can be provided in the central and northern portions of the HMA, we believe that wild horses will return to their historical grazing distribution.
This change in grazing patterns would be good for restoring overall habitat health to the southern portion by providing some necessary forage recovery periods required for optimal plant health and vigor. This would lead to improved habitat in the south and open-up already existing higher quality forage and habitat in the middle and northern reaches of the HMA.
The map below shows the reservoir restorations we are planning. Some are in the southern part of the HMA because grazing utilization will still be significant within that region both by cattle and wild horses. However, looking to the future, most of the projects are located in the central and northern areas.
A closeup of the map below shows various reservoirs that are scheduled for restoration work over the upcoming years.