U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
|Release Date: 07/20/12|
BLM Re-Opens Alll Madison River Recreation Sites
DILLON (July 19, 2012) – The Bureau of Land Management is re-opening the last of its recreation sites along the Madison River which had been previously closed in the interest of public safety during the Bear Trap 2 Fire.
As of 8 a.m. on July 20, the BLM will re-open public access to the Bear Trap Wilderness Trailhead and dispersed sites along Bear Trap Road. This fire prevention order rescinds the previous emergency fire closure on June 25 of BLM lands administered by the Dillon Field Office and means that all BLM lands within the Lower Madison Special Recreation Management Area are now open.
The public should continue to use caution when entering this area and watch for hazards like falling trees, rolling rocks, and mudslides.
The BLM would also like to remind the public that fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands.
The smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so always crush cigarettes “dead out” and never leave a campfire unattended. Also, ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational, and stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation. Please remember that cross-country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands.
Always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Anyone operating haying and harvesting equipment should be especially vigilant.
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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.
Dillon Field Office 1005 Selway Drive Dillon, Montana 59725
|Last updated: 07-20-2012|
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