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BLM Celebrates the Completion of Two Helipads at Little Sahara Recreation Area

Bureau of Land Management, Fillmore Field Office, Little Sahara Recreation Area Staff and partners cut the ribbon celebrating the completion of the new helipad at LSRA on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Partners include University of Utah Air Med, West Juab County Ambulance, and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Utah State Park Rangers.

Recently, the BLM's Fillmore Office (FFO) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of two helipads located in the visitor center at Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA).
The two federally funded 2,500-square-foot helipads were designed according to FAA guidelines in cooperation and coordination with the University of Utah Air Med engineering team and are located at LSRA, one east of the visitor center and the second three miles northeast of Sand Mountain, where most of the accidents occur. These helipads allow for air ambulances to land, load safely and quickly transport critically injured patients from LSRA to nearby hospitals. 
The two newly constructed helipads improve flight crew safety by reducing dust blown around during landing/take-off which hinders visibility or could enter the intake of the helicopter engine. The new helipads provide water and electricity for on-board charging of emergency equipment.
This year over 20,000 visitors played at LSRA during the Easter weekend. West Juab County Ambulance transported three patients to the hospital and treated 33 at the on-site medical trailer. The injuries ranged from minor cuts and scrapes, allergic reactions, burns, broken bones and head injuries. Air Med transported three patients with traumatic injuries from the area this weekend.
For more information about Little Sahara Recreation Area, call 435-743-3100 or visit

The Northeast Clark County Cattle Trespass in Southern Nevada ended April 12, 2014. All closure areas are now accessible and open with the exception of the Incident Command Post outside of Mesquite. View statement from BLM Director Neil Kornze.

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