Heber Wild Horse Territory: TIMELINE

  Horses Running

1971

Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act signed into law by President Nixon.

1974

Initial census of 7 horses on the Territory.   

1992

Ninth Report to Congress providing census information from 1974-1992.

2002

Rodeo-Chediski Fire burned 468,638 acres, and approximately 70% of the Territory. The fire destroyed approximately 23 miles of boundary fence and 11 miles of interior fences; large numbers of horses began to appear on Forest lands.

2005

Forest Service proposed removal of 300-400 horses. Court injunction stopped the gather.

2006

ASNFs start the NEPA process for development of the management plan.

2007

Litigation from 2005 injunction settled with Stipulation Agreement.

2009

Forest Service change in work priorities stopped the planning process for development of the HWHT management plan.

2013

Forest Service entered into a new contract for development and completion of planning for HWHT management plan.

2014 

Aerial survey in May shows 18 horses in HWHT and another 184 on adjacent ASNFs lands.

2015

Aerial survey in February shows 16 horses in HWHT and 201 on adjacent ASNFs lands.

2016

Ethnographic interviews conducted. Southwest Decision Resources contracted to develop a collaborative process and facilitate. Appeal resolution with administrative changes to Forest Land Management Plan. Collaborative process development.

2017

Aerial surveys in April show 27 horses in HWHT and 272 on adjacent ASNFs lands.  Ethnographic study completed. Agreement with Arizona State University to convene the collaborative. Working Group interviews conducted and members selected. Project websites created. Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Department of Agriculture confirmed as cooperating agencies. Collaborative working group meetings commenced in August.

2018

Collaborative working group discussions of key issues including forage and ecosystem health, horse populations and management.





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