U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Pinedale Field Office|
Seasonal Public Land Closures
BLM has implemented a seasonal closure on certain land areas and travel ways including existing roads and two-track trails, to all types of motorized travel, (e.g., snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, any vehicle including trucks, sport utility vehicles and cars, motorcycles, etc.) and in the case of elk feedgrounds, closed to human presence.
Areas Affected & Dates of Closure (Annually)
The BLM administered public lands included in these closures are as follows:
Why are these areas closed?
The closures are necessary for the protection of crucial winter range habitat for elk, moose, antelope, and mule deer. Reasons for the closure include the effects of persistent drought and/or severe winter conditions which threaten the health of these wintering wildlife species. Low forage production associated with persistent drought conditions causes animals to go into winter in poor condition. Losses of wintering habitat from development activity can reduce the area available to the wintering animals. These impacts to wintering wildlife are compounded by significant human activity, such as day and night wildlife observation, still and video photography, snowmobiling, and antler gathering. Because of the increased stress the presence of motorized vehicles inflicts on wintering big game during difficult winter periods, the number of animals that will die and the rate of aborting or re-absorption of fetuses on the winter range can increase. This decreases production of young during the following summer. Therefore, closing crucial winter ranges and feedgrounds to motorized vehicles and human presence (feedgrounds) reduces impacts to wintering big game.
Will these areas be closed every year?
Yes, these areas will be closed every year for the protection of crucial winter range habitat.
Except for travel on highways or county roads, motorized travel within these areas will be allowed only by written authorization from the Pinedale BLM Field Manager. Personnel of the BLM, WY Game and Fish Dept., U.S. Department of Agriculture-APHIS and Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and law enforcement personnel are exempt from this closure when performing official duties. Operators of existing oil and gas facilities may perform routine maintenance or operation or drilling as approved by the BLM, and livestock operators may perform permitted activities.
Seasonal closure orders may be implemented as provided in 43 CFR, subparts 8341.2 and 8364.1. Violations of this closure are punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000.00, and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months.
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