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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

(530) 398-4391
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

(530) 493-2243
FAX (530) 493-1796
TDD (530) 493-1777

Salmon/Scott River Ranger District
11263 N. Highway 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032-9702

(530) 468-5351
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.
Phone: 202-205-1274

Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office
333 S.W. 1st. Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Public Desk: 503-808-6001
Fax: 503-808-6308
Building Hours: 7:00am – 5:00pm, M-F
Public Room hours: 8:45am – 4:30pm, M-F

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208

 Lakeview District Office
1301 South G Street
Lakeview, OR 97630
Telephone: 541-947-2177
Fax: 541-947-6399
E-mail: Lakeview District
District Manager: Carol Benkosky
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:30pm, M-F
Lakeview Staff Directory

 Klamath Falls Resource Area
(Lakeview District)
2795 Anderson Avenue, Bldg. #25
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Telephone: 541-883-6916
Fax: 541-884-2097
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

Alturas Field Office
Timothy Burke, Field Manager

(530) 233-7904

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 

US Forest Service Rangelands: McGavin Peak Wild Horse Territory

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.

 Herd Description

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)



Forest Service Wildland Waters  


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: 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 ( or Jan Johnson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (530) 842-5763 (

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9 Responses to “McGavin Peak Documents & Info…”


    thank you, so much, for posting this. it is now posted on the cloud foundation blog from the MUSTANG PROJECT’S BLOG.

    • Louie,
      No problem… thanks for the repost.
      Still trying to find an actual EA for this gather… I am beginning to think that there will not be an EA, maybe another type of document. Alas, my search continues LOL.
      I have found the contact information for all of the USDA FS. I will be posting it later tonight.

  2. Tracie, This little herd has had a long time in this place. Sad when animals have had a presence and held on only to be taken away by force. The history there was also barbaric, as in other places. I hope that there may be witnesses and information as to where the horses are taken. Thanks for finding addresses, I had only found the phone number with the history. Makendra indicated she would post something asking for volunteer observers. This is a project I will work on and the next roundups, after Eagle in Nevada which will have Nevada observers, will be the 3 Arizona Burro roundups and one Nevada Burro roundup, all in March. The burros have had little publicity. These places may have burro herds that will be maintained but roundups are still being used as population control. I will try to attend Black Mountain near Kingman, depending upon funds. My wish for the end of roundups has me wanting them exposed. Spring and summer will find many new wild horse lovers and advocates out watching
    the removals with pregnant mares and tiny foals . This will upset people anew. It is time for alternative management practices to begin. Locals need to become involved and very organized in order to show support for change. This I would hope to see rather than a further schism between the public and the powers that be. Knock on wood.. mar



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