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Release Date: 04/24/14

BLM opens northern portions of the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

GUNNISON, Colo. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management opened roads and trails north of the power line within the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area for public travel. All roads and trails south of the power line will remain closed to motorized and mechanized travel for Gunnison Sage-grouse conservation until Thursday, May 15.

“There are a few wet spots along trails and roads and we ask the public to tread lightly to prevent resource damage,” said Kristi Murphy, BLM outdoor recreation planner.  “Some trails that retain snow, like Water Treatment and Free Fall, will stay closed until water and mud are no longer an issue.”

The BLM encourages the public to enjoy the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area and to maintain the area by staying on designated routes, properly disposing of trash and respecting the multiple-use designations.

For more information or maps of the area, please contact the Gunnison Field Office at 970-642-4940.

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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-24-2014