U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Contact:  
Mark Jacobsen
(406) 233-2831
Date: April 2, 2007
 
OHV Operators Encouraged to Observe Travel Rules
 
The BLM Miles City Field Office would like to remind off-highway vehicle operators to respect landowners, wildlife and the landscape by being mindful of travel restrictions on BLM-administered lands.
 
BLM officials have documented a series of off-road violations in the Strawberry Hill Recreation Area located southeast of Miles City, situated just off the Baker highway. According to law enforcement reports, a series of off-road violations have resulted in damage to several hillsides adjacent to the main recreation area road.
 
With few exceptions, cross-country OHV use is prohibited in order to minimize user conflicts and protect fragile soils, riparian areas, vegetation and wildlife.
 
Motorcycle and ATV drivers are highly encouraged to obey signs, carry a map and check with the Miles City Field Office to obtain current travel information.
 
Reminders for OHV operators: 
  • Driving off-road on BLM lands is a violation. Existing roads and trails are authorized for travel unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Access to public lands must be accomplished by an established county road or highway. Permission must be obtained from the landowner when crossing private land to get to BLM-administered lands. 
  • OHV users may only drive cross-country to campsites within 300 feet of an existing road or trail after locating their campsite in a non-motorized fashion.
Violations can be reported and access issues can be clarified by calling the BLM Miles City Field Office at: 233-2800. Violations may also be reported by calling 1-800-826-3023. 
 
Additional information regarding OHV use on public lands can be found on the web at: http://www.mt.blm.gov/ea/ohv/index.html.  
 
 
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