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Release Date: 07/09/14
Contacts: Heather Tiel-Nelson (208) 736-2352    

BLM partnership will protect public safety and expedite trail rehabilitation near Hailey

SHOSHONE, ID. –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Shoshone Field Office is working with Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Blaine County Recreation District, Wood River Bicycle Coalition, US Forest Service Ketchum Ranger District, private landowners and stakeholders on funding and reconstruction strategies to ensure public safety and expedite rehabilitation of trails in the Croy Creek Trail system. 
This necessitates temporary closure of approximately 3,989 acres of public land until June 30, 2015 due to impacts of the August 2013 Beaver Creek Fire. However, public land adjacent to this area, the Bullion Connector and Hidden Valley trails, remain open as they were not impacted by the fire.
Last year’s fire and immediate post-fire rain events resulted in mud and debris flowing across the trails in the Croy Creek Trail system near Hailey. Flowing mud filled in and essentially re-contoured many of the trails to the existing hillside. It is anticipated that the trails will be reconstructed and open for use in July 2015. 
BLM-managed land involved in the closure lie south of Greenhorn Gulch, west of Highway 75, north of Croy Creek and Bullion Gulch and east of the Sawtooth National Forest. Trails included in the closure are Lambs Gulch, Bull Dog, Two Dog, Nadyas, Wilson Gulch, Centerline, and Punchline. Temporary closure signs are posted at key entry points to the involved area.
The current rehabilitation plans for this portion of the Beaver Creek Fire included aerially seeding 2,135 acres, active noxious weed control for 3 years, and reconstructing up to 11 miles of trail in the spring of 2015. It is critical that vegetation is reestablished prior to trail reconstruction in order to help stabilize soils on the hillsides adjacent to the trail corridors.
“Working together with our partners and Wood River Valley residents who cherish the wonderful recreation opportunities within the Wood River Valley, I know we can be successful with our rehabilitation efforts”, says John Kurtz, Outdoor Recreation Planner. “It’s going to take some patience as we wait for the hillsides to stabilize, which not only protects public safety and our investment in the rehabilitation, it will also ensure a successful and more expedient trail reconstruction in the future.
For the most current information regarding the status of trails in the Wood River Valley, please visit the Blaine County Recreation District’s webpage at or to view the closure map online, visit Maps of the involved area are also available for viewing at the Shoshone BLM Field Office. For more information contact John Kurtz, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, 732-7296 or 

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Last updated: 07-09-2014