In 1971, wild horses and burros were found roaming across 53.8 million acres of Herd Areas (HAs), of which 42.4 million acres were under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction. Today the BLM manages wild horses and burros in subsets of these HAs, known as Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that comprise 31.6 million acres, of which 26.9 million acres are under BLM management.
The Coppersmith HMA is located 30 miles southeast of Cedarville, CA in Lassen County, CA and Washoe County, NV. 70,500 acres are managed for wild horses
ELEVATION: 5,000 feet to 8,000 feet
TOPOGRAPHY/VEGATATION: The topography consists of rough and steep rocky tablelands. Dominant vegetation includes Juniper, bitterbrush, big and low sage with bluegrass and an understory of squirreltail, Idaho fescue and needlegrasses.
WILDLIFE: Dominant wildlife in the area includes pronghorn, mule deer, sage grouse, chukar and quail.
HERD SIZE: 50 - 75 head
HORSE COLORS: Bay, Black and Brown
SIZE OF HORSES: 14-16 hands and 900-1100 pounds
HISTORY: This area contains horses thought to originate from Spanish stock diluted with ranch stock and US Cavalry remounts prior to and during World War I. Many of the horses in this area have characteristics common to Morgans and Quarter Horses.