Draft Management Plan for Heber WHT Released

Today the Forest Service released a draft management plan for the Heber WHT, marking the beginning of a 30-day comment period, according to a story posted this morning by the White Mountain Independent of Show Low, AZ.

The WHT covers approximately 19,700 acres and the proposed AML is 50 to 104, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 5.3 horses per thousand acres.  The rationale for setting the AML is presented in this document.

The WHT intersects two grazing allotments.  Data in Table 11 of the rationale document suggest that the horses will receive twice as much forage as livestock and that the WHT might be managed primarily for horses.

Substantive comments can be submitted at this page.

An initial comment might involve document quality.  The files appear to be scanned images of the originals and are not searchable.

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