April 25, 2006
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Lorraine Keith 307-352-0368
BLM Begins Steamboat Mountain Seasonal Road Closures on May 1
The Bureau of Land Management in Rock Springs begins its seasonal road closure in the Steamboat Mountain area northeast of Rock Springs starting Friday, May 1, 2006. The road closure is designed to protect the elk calving and deer fawning areas and will remain in effect through June 30, 2006.
Roads leading to very important elk calving and deer fawning locations have been identified and posted to advise the public of the temporary closure,” said Lorraine Keith, wildlife biologist assigned to the Rock Springs Field Office. Keith explained, “It is critical that we protect these areas from human activity during this sensitive period to improve fawning and calving success. This produces healthy big game populations which benefits both hunters and wildlife viewers in the area.”
The seasonal closure has been in effect each spring for about the past 20 years and includes both sides of the Steamboat Rim as well as the Johnson, La Fonte, and Box Canyons.
Keith continued, “We’ve had tremendous cooperation from the public the past several years. People have respected the closures and elk in the area are doing well because of it.” Maps of the protected area are available at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office located at 280 Highway 191 North in Rock Springs. BLM rangers and other employees will be patrolling the area to advise the public of the seasonal closure and enforce the vehicle restriction.
“We appreciate the public’s awareness and continued support of this important seasonal closure,” said Keith. For more information, contact the BLM at 307-352-0256.