BLM Reminds Shed-Antler Hunters to Keep Vehicles on Roads
The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northern Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands in this area.
BLM Rangers will be patrolling popular shed hunting areas this spring in the Little Snake Field Office in northwestern Colorado to ensure compliance with existing travel management rules. Click here to view the entire news release.
Seasonal Closures to Protect Elk at Emerald Mountain Begin December 1
The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to observe seasonal closures that begin December 1 at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs to protect wintering and calving elk.
All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM's Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed by public entry from December 1 - June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons. Click here for more information.
BLM Acquires Parcel at the Entrance of Cross Mountain Canyon
The entrance to Cross Mountain Canyon and 2.5 miles of the Yampa River immediately upstream have been permanently conserved for the benefit of fish, wildlife and the public. The project is a component of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative. It is a joint effort by Western Rivers Conservancy, Yampa Valley Legacy Project and the BLM. The parcel also opens new access to tens of thousands of acres of sourrounding public land, including BLM's vast Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area.
This newly acquired parcel is not open to the public at this time. A management plan and cleanup work are currently underway. Once this has been completed the land will be open for the public to enjoy.
Non-WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
As part of BLM’s requirement to maintain an updated inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics, in the winter of 2012 the Little Snake Field Office (LSFO) began the process of identifying and inventorying potential lands with wilderness characteristics within its administrative boundaries. Through the initial step in the process of conducting a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis to identify 5,000 acre roadless blocks of land, a total of 61 parcels potentially containing wilderness character have been initially identified. Click here for more information.
Motorized Travel Limited to Existing Roads and Trails in Little Snake
Some areas within the field office are closed to all motorized travel, including all Wilderness Study Areas; the Serviceberry, Fly Creek, and Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Areas; the Maybell Uranium Pit; and the Irish Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
To continue to provide the opportunity for off-road recreation, the field office specifically manages nearly 20,000 acres in the South Sand Wash Basin as an area open to off-road motorized use.
Bureau of Land Management in Northwest Colorado...
The Little Snake Field Office encompasses 4.2 million acres of federal, state and private lands in Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco counties. Of the total area, 1.3 million acres are public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and 1.1 million acres of the private and state lands are underlain by federally owned minerals. Resource activities include: wildlife, cultural resources, grazing, energy & minerals, rights-of-ways, paleontological resources and recreation. For more information, click here or on "Programs" from the menu.
Wendy Reynolds, Field Manager
Phone: 970-826-5000 | Fax: 970-826-5002 | Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F