ALTURAS, Calif.—Five mares, eight studs and two foals were gathered Saturday from the Logan Slough trap site. These efforts seem to be having a positive impact on wild horse habitat.

Native perennial bunch grasses are already showing signs of better health around the Logan Slough trap site after gathering approximately 500 horses in 2018. Native perennial grasses stay green much longer into the summer, providing better nutrition and increased wildfire resilience when comparted to invasive annuals. By reducing the year-round grazing pressure, native grasses can better compete with invasive annuals and provide the nutrition wild horses and other wildlife need to survive high-desert winters.

“We are seeing some beautiful horses coming into the corrals from this year’s gather,” said Regional Range Program Manager Leigh Sevy. “As expected, we are seeing a lot of bays and roans, but there were some impressive black horses brought in from Steele Swamp and some amazing color came in yesterday. They are all show stoppers, but many are absolutely breathtaking.”

Corral staff hope to begin placing horses gathered this year by the end of October. Please get your application in now to make these unique horses part of your family. Applications and information are available at https://go.usa.gov/xQ3r3.

Devil’s Garden Plateau wild horse information and gather updates are available on the web at https://go.usa.gov/xQ3r3, on the Modoc National Forest Facebook page and numerous volunteer-run social media pages specifically focused on promoting and placing gathered Devil’s Garden horses. All pertinent planning information is available at https://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32426.

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