U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 04/01/10|
BLM Reminder About OHV Travel
As spring finds its way to central Montana, and more and more recreationists start using public land, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would like remind everyone that driving off-road (cross country travel) is not allowed on public land.
In 2003, the Montana/Dakotas BLM completed a public planning process that concluded the agency should move toward reducing user conflicts; and protecting fragile soils, riparian areas, vegetation and wildlife habitat by limiting motorized vehicle use to existing roads and trails.
Since then, most recreationists have done a good job of keeping their vehicles (all terrain vehicles, pickups, motor cycles, etc.) on the existing roads and trails. However, a few are still finding old habits hard to break.
The tracks, trails and damage created by driving off road are quickly visible, well documented and understood by most recreationists. Limiting vehicle traffic to existing roads and trails is another means of balancing recreational opportunities with the need to protect multiple resource values.
There are exceptions to the off-road regulations. Administrative or emergency services (fire fighting and medical emergencies) are allowed off road and livestock grazing permittees are allowed off road in the course of administering their grazing permit (fencing, moving livestock, and checking wells or pipelines).
“This time of year brings about quite an increase in traffic on our public lands as horn hunters, fishermen and recreational drivers make their way to public land. The BLM certainly encourages everyone to enjoy their public lands, but to enjoy them in a responsible manner that leaves them in good condition for future generations of recreationists,” added Jon Edwards, a BLM law enforcement ranger in Lewistown.
If you have questions about off-road regulations on public lands, please contact Jon Edwards at 406-538-1900.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Lewistown Field Office 920 NE Main Street Lewistown, MT 59457
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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