Heber Forage Allocation?

The rationale document for setting the AML on the Heber WHT says 50.0% of the forage will be allocated to horses, 25.6% to privately owned livestock and 24.4% for wildlife or “for future adjustments in the livestock grazing level.”  See page 36.

Does that sound like a pledge to manage the WHT primarily for wild horses, as required by the statute?

Or are those weasel words that allow the forest supervisor to change the management strategy in favor the public-lands ranchers, without going through the customary reviews and approvals?

See page 19 in the draft management plan for the proposed granting of that authority.

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