February 28, 2007
Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Jo Foster 307-352-0327
BLM Rock Springs Reminds Public of Permanent WSA Closures
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Rock Springs reminds recreationists that two-track ways into the Wilderness Study Area (WSA) are permanently closed. The annual reminder of these closures is designed to protect the WSAs.
"These two-tracks have been closed for more that 24 years. In many cases, where the closures have been effective, those two-track paths have begun to heal and in some cases, they are completely healed over," says Jo Foster, outdoor recreation planner for the Rock Springs Field Office.
Foster explained, "It is critical that we protect these areas from motor vehicle trespass. The areas were set aside by Congress in 1983, as a study to determine if these areas were worthy of protection as wilderness. Congress provided the protections and it determines if these areas should either retain or remove the protection as wilderness areas. It is the BLM’s responsibility to maintain the WSAs.
The reminder is sent out each spring for about the past 24 years and includes the Adobe Town, Alkali Basin, Alkali Draw, Buffalo Hump, Devils Playground, East Sand Dunes, Honeycomb Buttes, Oregon Buttes, Red Creek Badlands, Red Lake, Sand Dunes, South Pinnacles, Twin Buttes, and White Horse Creek Wilderness Study Areas.
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 monitor the area to advise the public of the closure and enforce the vehicle restriction. Signs are posted along the WSA boundaries.
"We appreciate the public’s awareness and continued support of this important closure," said Foster. For more information, contact the BLM at 307-352-0327.