AUGUSTA MOUNTAINS HERD MANAGEMENT AREA, NV
The Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Winnemucca, Nevada, in Churchill, Lander, and Pershing counties. It overlaps the boundaries of
three districts and four allotments. It is bordered on the east in the Battle Mountain District by Antelope Valley, on the north by Jersey Valley, on the west by Dixie Valley, and the southern end of the Tobin Range, and on the south in the Carson City District by the Clan-Alpine and New Pass
Ranges. The elevation ranges from 8,645 feet at Mt. Moses to 3,640 feet in Dixie Valley. The HMA is comprised of approximately 38,581 acres: of which 439 acres are private lands, and 38,142 acres are public lands. Temperatures range from highs of around 105° to lows around -20°. Annual
precipitation averages from 4 to 6 inches with a little more falling at upper elevations.
Vegetation types range from pinyon-juniper and juniper-sage types in the higher elevation to sagebrushgrass
types at moderate elevations, to shadscale-shrub and greasewood types in the valley bottoms. Larkspur (Delphinium spp), loco weed (Oxytropis spp), halogeton (Halogeton glomeratus), lupine
(Lupinus spp), deathcamas (Zegadenus spp), and horsebrush (Tetradymia spp) are the poisonous plants that are widely distributed in limited quantities throughout the area. Bunch grasses include Sandberg bluegrass (Poa secunda), Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides), Thurber needlegrass (Stipa thurberiana), bottlebrush (Callistemon spp), squirreltail (Sitanion hystrix), and basin wildrye
(Leymus cinereus). Cheat grass (Bromus tectorum) is a frequent invader.
Horses colors in this HMA are mostly bays, blacks, browns, and sorrels with a few buckskins, duns, roans and pintos.