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January 4, 2007
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Wally Mierzejewski 307-828-4508
Dale Wondercheck 307-828-4518

Kemmerer BLM Issues Winter Range Closures

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office, in coordination with Wyoming Game and Fish, announced the fourth annual closure of all BLM-administered public lands to all motorized vehicle travel in the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area and the Slate Creek, Rock Creek, and Bridger Creek big game winter range complexes. The BLM closure began Jan. 1 and continues through April 30, 2007.

The BLM defines motorized vehicles as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, pickups and sport utility vehicles. The seasonal closure contributes to the protection of winter wildlife and public safety in the areas.

No motorized travel into this area will be allowed unless permitted by the BLM Kemmerer Field Manager. Highways and county roads are not affected and recreational use of these areas by non-motorized means is allowed.

Personnel of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Department of Agriculture APHIS Wildlife Services, Lincoln and Uinta County Sheriff’s Offices and BLM personnel are exempt from closure while performing official duties. Operators of existing oil and gas facilities may perform maintenance and pumping as approved.

The following BLM-administered lands are included in this emergency seasonal closure:

  • Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area, located approximately 15 miles north of Cokeville;
  • Slate Creek, all BLM-administered lands south of Fontenelle Creek, west and north of Highway 189 and east of the crest of Slate Creek Ridge;
  • Rock Creek, all BLM-administered lands south of county road 204 (Pine Creek road), west of the crest of Dempsey Ridge, west of Fossil Butte National Monument and north and east of Highway 30; and
  • Bridger Creek, all BLM-administered lands south of Highway 30, west of Fossil Ridge, west of the Bear River Divide, north of Uinta-Lincoln County line, east of Utah-Wyoming border, and southeast of Highway 89.

For more information or for maps of the closed areas, contact Dale Wondercheck or Wally Mierzejewski of the BLM Kemmerer Field Office at 307-828-4500, or visit the Kemmerer BLM office located at 312 Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, WY 83101.

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