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State Herd Area: Adobe Town (WY)

GENERAL LOCATION South central Wyoming between interstate 80 and the Colorado/Wyoming border.



BLM ACRES 444,744


THE LANDSCAPE The area is varied with everything from colorful, eroded desert badlands to wooded buttes and escarpments. In between are extensive rolling to rough uplands with some desert playa and vegetated dune areas interspersed throughout. Limited, sensitive desert riparian areas are important features of the landscape. Elevation ranges from 6600 ft to 8500 ft along Kinney Rim which forms the western boundary of the HMA.

THE PLANTS Plant communities are very diverse in this large area. The most abundant plant community is sagebrush/grass. Other communites present are: desert shrub, grassland, mountain shrub, lentic riparian grass/sedge, limber pine woodlands, juniper woodlands, and a very few aspen woodlands. Needle and thread, Indian ricegrass, bluebunch wheatgrass, western wheatgrass, junegrass, and mutton bluegrass are the predominate grasses. Wyoming sagebrush, black sagebrush, bud sage, salt sage, fourwing salt bush, greasewood, bitterbrush, and mountain mahogany are important shrub species.

THE WEATHER Winters are long and severe. Annual precipitation ranges from less than seven inches in the desert basins to more than twelve inches on some of the higher elevations.

THE HORSES The Appropriate Management Level (AML or population objective) for this HMA is 700 horses. This AML and its associated lower and upper limits were established in 1994 through monitoring and evaluation of the HMAs resources and uses. The BLM's management practices in the area will maintain the population between 610 and 800 animals plus unweaned colts. A full range of colors is present with roans and greys predominating. The present population has been influenced by the routine escape of domestic saddle stock from the surrounding populated areas. The horses range from 14 to 15 hands and 900-1100 pounds in mature weight. Health is good with few apparent problems.

THE OTHER ANIMALS Domestic cattle and sheep utilize the area in all seasons. Large numbers of Pronghorn Antelope roam the area. Mule deer are present in small numbers season long and in larger numbers in some winters. Healthy elk populations are becoming established in the southeastern and western portions of the HMA. Sage grouse and a myriad of small animals use the area. Raptors are abundant in the area. Coyotes are abundant and an occasional mountain lion and bobcat call the area home.

THE OTHER USES OF THE AREA Natural gas development is increasing in part of the HMA. Recreational use, including sport hunting of the game species is important to many people.

OTHER INTERESTING FEATURES IN AND AROUND THE HERD MANAGEMENT AREA The Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area, the Cherokee Trail, the Haystacks, Powder Rim. To View a Map click here
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