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State Herd Area: Paisley Desert (OR)

Location: Ten miles northeast of Paisley,OR and fifteen miles southeast of Christmas Valley, OR.

Acreage: 271,667 acres of the original 303,526 in the herd area is managed for wild horses. The remaining 31,859 acres is unavailable to wild horses.

Elevation/Landmarks: Sheeprock (elevation 5700 feet) and St. Patricks Mountain (elevation 5950 feet) are prominent topographic landmarks. The topography is best described as rocky, with a series of steep southeast to northwest trending rims. The area between rims is composed of wide swales and closed basin type lakebeds.

Vegetation: Vegetation varies within the HMA. The majority of the area is covered with dense stands of shrubs. The most abundant are varieties of sagebrush including Wyoming big sagebrush, Basin big sagebrush and black sagebrush. Large pockets of rabbitbrush, spiny hopsage, and greasewood are also found in the HMA. Grasses common to the area are bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandbergs bluegrass, Indian ricegrass and bottlebrush squirreltail.

Horse Colors: The Paisley Desert HMA has a wide variety of colors including solid colors of bay, brown and black as well as pinto, palomino and dun.

Size of Horses: Variable from 14 to 16 hands and 950-1300 pounds.

General Information/History: The area is typical of the high desert region. Precipitation averages less than 10 inches per year and generally occurs in the late fall and winter in the form of snow. Drinking water is provided by a series of closed basin lakebeds. Wildlife in the area includes bighorns sheep, antelope, mule deer and sage grouse along with a variety of common birds mammal and reptiles associated with south eastern Oregon.

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