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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 07/08/14
Contacts: MJ Byrne (208) 384-3393    

Travel management protects rare wild plant on BLM wildlife tract


BOISE, Idaho – A rare plant known to grow only on a small tract of public land near Bruneau will be protected with a temporary restriction on motorized travel. The Hot Well Wildlife Tract, located approximately six miles southwest of Bruneau in Owyhee County, is the only known location in Idaho of the plant alkali cleomella (Cleomella plocasperma).
 
The BLM announced today that approximately one mile of road in the tract will be open only to non-motorized traffic until the agency can complete a full travel management plan for the area. That plan is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016.
 
Alkali cleomella is a “BLM Sensitive” species, which the agency manages to ensure that the need to list the species as threatened or endangered does not arise. Habitat for the cleomella in the Hot Well tract has been damaged from illegally dumped trash, campfires and off road vehicular traffic, putting the population at risk of further decline.
 
Informational signs will be posted at key entry points near the wildlife tract. Contractors hired by the BLM to work in the area; search and rescue personnel; Federal, State or local law enforcement officials and other BLM employees in the performance of their official duties; and persons with written authorization from the BLM are exempt from the restriction.
 
Maps identifying the location of the affected lands are available online at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/advisories-closures.html. Hard copy maps are available at the BLM Boise District Office, 3948 S. Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705.
 
For more information, please contact Tanya Thrift, Field Manager, BLM Bruneau Field Office, at 208-384-3300.


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.
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Last updated: 07-08-2014