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Lake Havasu Field Office
Release Date: 01/25/13
Contacts: Lori Cook - 928-317-3243; Michael Dodson - 928-505-1200    

Parker Race Temporary Public Land Closure Scheduled

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – A temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public land closure is scheduled for February 1-2, 2013, for the 42nd annual running of the Parker 425 Desert Race.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office has announced the temporary closure of selected public lands under its administration in La Paz County, Arizona. 

The Parker 425 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 1, 2013, through 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

The closure is being done to help ensure public safety and prevent unnecessary environmental degradation during the permitted running of the Parker 425 Desert Race. 

Areas subject to this closure include all public land; including county maintained roads and highways located within two miles of the designated course.  

“As in past years, we will have designated spectator areas so people can enjoy the race,” said BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Kim Liebhauser. “Post and cable fencing and concrete barriers will be used to designate two spectator areas in Bouse, Arizona.  The five-mile long spectator area along Shea Road outside of Parker is above the race course, protected with post and cable fencing along the bluff, and will not require a speed zone.”

Liebhauser added, “The Parker Race is an important tradition to the community and public. We’ve had a perfect spectator safety record for over 40 years and we want to keep it that way.”

The race course and closure area description, restriction, and map of the designated race course are available at the Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater Avenue, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 86406.

For more information contact Michael Dodson, Field Staff Ranger, BLM Lake Havasu Field Office at 928-505-1200.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 01-25-2013