U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
South Dakota Field Office
|Release Date: 08/28/12|
BLM Offers Helpful Tips for South Dakota Hunters
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. --- The BLM South Dakota Field Office would like to remind sportsmen to respect landowners, wildlife and other recreationists and to be mindful of travel and camping restrictions on BLM-administered lands.
Extreme fire conditions continue to prevail and extra caution is warranted. With very few exceptions, cross-country Off-Highway Vehicle use on public land is prohibited in order to minimize user conflicts and protect fragile soils, riparian areas, vegetation and wildlife.
Also, BLM or U.S. Forest Service offices may close or open particular routes in their respective districts. Hunters are highly encouraged to carry a map and check with local BLM or USFS offices to obtain current travel information.
Responsible behavior on public and private lands leads to continued access: “Respected Access is Open Access.”
Access issues can be clarified or reported by calling the BLM South Dakota Field Office at: 892-7000. Violations may also be reported by calling 1-800-OVERBAG (683-7224).
Additional information regarding OHV use on Montana – Dakotas BLM lands can be found on the web at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/prog/recreation.html.
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.
South Dakota Field Office 310 Roundup Street Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717
|Last updated: 08-30-2012|
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