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For Release: Dec. 10, 2007
Contact: Gary Sharpe (707) 468-4000 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

BLM Announces Wet Weather Closure at South Cow Mountain

With the arrival of the rainy season, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Ukiah Field Office has announced that a wet weather closure plan for the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Area is now in effect.

As has been done in previous years, the BLM will temporarily close the off-highway vehicle area to motor vehicles once the area has received an accumulation of four inches of rain, any additional rainfall amounting to a half inch with 24 hours, or an inch within 72 hours. Non-motorized activities such as hiking will still be permitted. The area will remain closed to motor vehicles for at least three days after rainfall stops to allow conditions to dry out.

"The reason for these closures is twofold: public safety and resource protection," said BLM Ukiah Field Office Manager Rich Burns. "Once they are saturated with water, the clay soils in the OHV area are very slippery, and very soft. The roads and trails can be severely damaged by vehicle traffic when they are in this condition."
The wet weather closure policy will remain in effect throughout the winter and spring rainy seasons. Those planning to visit the area should call the Ukiah Field office at (707) 468-4000 for closure information prior to visiting.

For more information on the South Cow Mountain wet weather closure policy, go to http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah/s_cow_mtn_closure_policy.html or contact BLM Park Ranger Larry Ames, (707)468-4093.

   Ukiah Field Office 2550 North State St., Ukiah, CA 95482

Last updated: 12-17-2007