Wild horses running across dried grass meadow

Heber Horse Collaborative

Introduction to Heber Horse Collaborative

The Heber Wild Horse Territory (HWHT) is approximately 19,700 acres and located on the Black Mesa Ranger District on the Sitgreaves portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs). The designation of territories for the use and protection of wild horses followed the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (The Act). The HWHT was established in compliance with the law and its subsequent implementing regulations. Please click here for a more detailed history and timeline related to the establishment of the HWHT.

In 2007, the Forest Service entered into a Stipulation Agreement to develop a written Territory Management Strategy (Plan) in compliance with the Act and other relevant laws and regulations that govern Forest Service procedures. Creating a management plan for the HWHT will help provide for the sustainability of natural resources and horse populations connected to the territory. 

Visit the Forest Service‚Äôs website for more information on the current efforts related to the Heber Wild Horse Territory.

Sign for the Sitgreaves National Forest

Overall scope

The purpose and scope of this effort is the development of a written Heber Wild Horse Territory Management Strategy (Plan). The Forest Service will work within the scope of required plan components as directed in The Act, as amended, as well as other relevant policies and regulations, including the Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act, the National Forest Management Act, the Land Management Plan for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. See Background Documents portion of this website for links to these Acts and Plans.

Four adult horses and a foal grazing in the forest