For Release: Aug. 27, 2007
Contact: Jeff Fontana (BLM) (530) 252-5332; Phebe Brown, Mendocino NF (530) 934-3316 CA-N-07-70
Hunters Should Be Aware of New Wilderness Designation
Deer hunters with tags in the B-1 zone in central Mendocino County will find some changes in public land access rules this year, following establishment of the Yuki Wilderness.
The new wilderness area, established by federal legislation late last year, affects parts of the Mendocino National Forest and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arcata Field Office. The 53,887-acre Wilderness is about 30 miles north of Ukiah.
Hunting, camping, hiking, fishing and other similar activities, are allowed in the Wilderness, which can be accessed on foot or by horseback. Motor vehicles and other mechanized transportation, including mountain bikes and wheeled deer carts, are not allowed.
The Wilderness was established by Congress to protect unique natural resources and to provide opportunities for solitude in undisturbed natural settings.
Staff from the Mendocino National Forest and the BLM will be patrolling the wilderness boundaries when the rifle hunting season begins Saturday, Sept. 15. Agency representatives will staff check points and distribute maps and wilderness information.
Hunters should also remember that fire restrictions are in place. Open campfires will not be allowed in the Wilderness or other back country areas. Campfires are allowed only in designated, developed campgrounds and recreation sites. Portable stoves using gas, pressurized liquid fuel or jellied petroleum can be used outside of designated campgrounds and in the Wilderness. A valid California Campfire Permit is required. Permits are available from any Forest Service or BLM office
For more information, contact the Mendocino National Forest Upper Lake Ranger District, (707) 275-2361; Covelo Ranger District, (707) 983-6188; or the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300.