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Twin Falls District Office
Release Date: 11/25/13
Contacts: John Kurtz , 208-732-7296  

BLM Reminds Public of Seasonal Closures in the Wood River Valley: South Hills Closure to be implemented in January

TWIN FALLS, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Shoshone Field Office has implemented seasonal motorized use closures in the Wood River Valley beginning December 1, 2013 and ending April 30, 2014 to protect wintering herds of big game.

According to Shoshone Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz, “These closures serve an important role in protecting the big game that finds refuge on these slopes.” The seasonal closures are for BLM administered land only. It is important to note that non-motorized activities can also have an impact on the wildlife.

When recreating this winter, BLM encourages the public to carefully gauge their actions to ensure there are no negative impacts to the deer and elk that could be in the area. “Motorized and non-motorized recreationists disturb wildlife and cause them to waste vital energy that is needed for survival,” says Kurtz. “When deer or elk are encountered during an outing, it is important to view them from a distance so that noise or close proximity will not cause additional stress for these animals. Non-motorized users need to honor motorized closures as wildlife have no options and should have our respect.” According to Kurtz, south facing slopes provide critical winter habitat, and should also be avoided when recreating during the winter months.

The following areas in the Wood River Valley are closed annually to motorized use, including snowmobiles, from December 1 through April 30:

  • Martin/ Big Dry Canyon
  • Croy Creek to south of Townsend Gulch
  • Big and Little Beaver Drainages
  • South slopes above East Fork
  • Elk Mountain area
  • Portions of Picabo Hills

BLM patrols these areas to monitor and enforce closures. Free maps detailing the closures in the Wood River Valley are available through the Shoshone Field Office at 400 West F Street in Shoshone, or by visiting our advisories and closures webpage. For additional information, please contact Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz at (208) 732-7296.

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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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 12-04-2013