McGavin Peak Documents & Info…
Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 16, 2010
According to documents found online, this gather will be a herd removal, not reduction. The Klamath National Forest has 1 herd currently occupying their managed areas, which is also shared with the BLM. Finding these records was not an easy task. And I’m really not sure that they are the most up to date documents, but they are pertinent as they show a progression towards the current situation.
More information will be posted and updated as it becomes available.
Klamath National Forest – Contact Info
Call or write to any of the Klamath National Forest Offices listed below. E-mail may be sent to our general e-mail address below but, due to the high number of e-mail requests there may be a long delay in answering by e-mail.
Klamath National Forest Supervisor’s Office
1312 Fairlane Road
Yreka, CA 96097-9549
Phone: (530) 842-6131
Goosenest Ranger District
37805 Highway 97
Macdoel, CA 96058
FAX (530) 398-5749
TDD (530) 398-5744
Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District
63822 Highway 96
P.O. Box 377
Happy Camp, CA 96039-0377
FAX (530) 493-1796
TDD (530) 493-1777
Salmon/Scott River Ranger District
11263 N. Highway 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032-9702
FAX (530) 468-1290
TDD (530) 468-1298
For general email inquiries:
For general phone inquiries:
Phone: (800) 832-1355; (202)205-1274
For postal mail:
Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sidney R. Yates Federal Building
201 14th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Offices also in:
Franklin Court Building
1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 5500 W
Washington, DC 20005-3042
Rosslyn Plaza, Building E
1621 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209-2137
Rosslyn Plaza, Building C
1601 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209-2137
USDA Forest Service
Attn: Office of Communication
Stop Code: 1111, 1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-1111
USDA Forest Service Wildland Waters
Stop Code 1123, 1400 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20250-1123
ATTN: Cooperative Forestry Staff.
Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office
333 S.W. 1st. Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Public Desk: 503-808-6001
Building Hours: 7:00am – 5:00pm, M-F
Public Room hours: 8:45am – 4:30pm, M-F
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208
Lakeview District Office
1301 South G Street
Lakeview, OR 97630
E-mail: Lakeview District
District Manager: Carol Benkosky
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:30pm, M-F
Lakeview Staff Directory
Klamath Falls Resource Area
2795 Anderson Avenue, Bldg. #25
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
E-mail: Klamath Falls Resource Area
District Manager: Donald Holmstrom
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:30pm, M-F
California Bureau of Land Management Offices:
Redding Field Office
Steve Anderson, Field Manager
355 Hemsted Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Main Contact Number: 530-224-2100
Fax Number: 530-224-2172
Contact us by e-mail
708 W. 12th St.
Alturas, CA 96101
Phone: (530) 233-4666
Fax: (530) 233-5696
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email
The McGavin Peak Wild Horse Territory (WHT) is administered by the Goosenest Ranger District, Klamath National Forest.
The McGavin Peak WHT is located in California about 7 miles east of Dorris. The territory consists of 3,860 acres of Forest Service land, 1,860 acres of Bureau of Land Management land, and 10,325 acres of private land. Both the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands are scattered tracts, which cannot support a sustainable herd.
Elevations range from 3,400 – 5,500 feet on the mountains. Average annual precipitation is 12.6 inches, primarily occurring during November through March. Temperatures during the winter may drop well below zero for short periods of time, and temperatures during the summer can reach 100° F.
Vegetation is marginal timber.
Wildlife present within the territory include deer and mountain lions.
Large herds were found near McGavin Peak since at least the early 1900’s. The source of the original horses in this area is unknown. However, many horses escaped or were released by ranchers, miners, and soldiers, which mixed with the existing herds. Indications are that in the 1930’s some American Standardbreds mixed with the existing herd.
Periodic round-ups occurred in the early history of this herd. Large round-ups occurred in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The “good” horses were kept for domestic stock, and the “poor” horses were sold for pet food. This herd was also subject to much recreational horse chasing. The horses would be run through fences, and in the process a few horses would be killed or crippled. Another practice consisted of shooting some of the old studs which had become mean.
When the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act was passed in 1971, protecting the horses from harassment, estimated herd numbers in the McGavin Peak territory were around 30 horses. Bays and browns were the dominant colors.
Due to the limited amount of contiguous federal land in the McGavin Peak WHT, the appropriate management level is 0. Private landowners are not obligated to support wild horses, and there is not enough federal land in this area to sustain a viable population of wild horses.
For More Information
Contact the Goosenest Ranger District at 530-398-4391.
1995 Record of Decision USDA, Forest Service Final Environmental Impact Statement Klamath National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Siskiyou County, California and Jackson County, Oregon)
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Intro
- Chapter 2 Response To Issues
- Chapter 3 Summary of the Analysis of the Management Situation
- Chapter 4 Forest Management Direction
- Chapter 5 Monitoring and Evaluation Requirements
- Glossary Abbreviations, Acronyms and Definitions
- McGavin Mgmt Areas 1-8
- McGavin Mgmt Areas 9-17
- Campgrounds on the Goosenest Ranger District
- Campgrounds on the Happy Camp – Oak Knoll Ranger District
- Position Paper – Loss of Open Space
- Position Paper – Invasive Species
- Emerging Issues: Presented at the National Leadership Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on October 27, 1999, Maitland Sharpe: Director, Policy Analysis
- USDA Forest Service Strategic Plan for FY 2007-2012
- Forest Service Schedule of Proposed Actions Jan 2010 thru Mar 2010Decision Record
Klamath National Forest Initiates Scoping or Public Input for the Johnny ONeil Late Successional Reserve Habitat Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project
Date: Jan 5, 2010 Yreka, CA
Contact(s): Tom Lavagnino
Printable PDF File
YREKA, CA, January 6, 2010, —The Klamath National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for projects in the Johnny O’Neil Late Successional Reserve (LSR) on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District. Habitat restoration and fuel reduction projects are being planned to move the LSR toward more ecologically resilient conditions that can maintain desirable late-successional habitat, and reduce the likelihood of large, damaging high-severity wildfires. Treatments include the combination of tree thinning and prescribed fire that will focus on reducing small diameter fuels and increase stand structural diversity and resiliency to fire.
If approved, project implementation could begin as early as 2011 and would be completed within seven years.
The project area is located north of the Klamath River in the Lower Horse Creek, Middle Horse Creek and Salt Gulch sub-watersheds.
The decision to be made is whether or not to implement fuel reduction and habitat treatments, or to develop additional alternatives and mitigation measures.
Public written comment can be sent to Patricia A. Grantham, Forest Supervisor, Klamath National Forest, 1312 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097, ATTN: Johnny O’Neil LSR Team Leader. Electronic written comments may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: Johnny O’Neil LSR Restoration, or by FAX to (530) 841-4571.
If you wish more information on the proposed project, please contact Tim Burnett at (530) 493-2243 (email@example.com) or Jan Johnson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (530) 842-5763 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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