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Release Date: 11/25/13
Contacts: Sarah Wheeler (208) 254-7550    

Stinking Springs Area Closure Starts December 1st

IDAHO FALLS, ID – The Stinking Springs area near the popular South Fork of the Snake River will be closed to all motorized vehicles and human entry starting Sunday, December 1, 2013. The closure will remain in effect through sunrise May 1, 2014, depending on weather conditions.

“Increasing human activity in the Stinking Springs area creates additional stress on the fragile mule deer population that winters in the area, requiring the mule deer to use up their supply of stored winter fat more quickly than normal,” said Monica Zimmerman, BLM Upper Snake outdoor recreation planner. “We appreciate the public’s help in staying away from the closure area to help protect these sensitive animals.”

The closure also applies to other BLM lands in the vicinity of Stinking Springs. The U.S. Forest Service also has winter closures on National Forest lands in the area. It is advisable to check with agency offices before planning travel on these lands. For more information contact Amy Forsgren, recreation technician at 208-524-7500.

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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 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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 11-25-2013