April 16, 2008
BLM road closure reminder
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Rock Springs reminds recreationists that Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) are permanently closed to motor vehicles. This annual reminder is designed to protect these areas.
“The WSAs have been closed to mechanized travel for 26 years. In many cases, where the closures have been effective, trespass routes have begun to heal and in some cases, have completely healed over,” says Jo Foster, Outdoor Recreation Planner assigned to the BLM Rock Springs Field Office.
Foster explains, “It is critical that we protect these areas from motor vehicle trespass. Congress provided for the establishment of WSAs in 1983 as a study to determine if the areas are worthy of protection as wilderness, and only Congress can determine if these areas should retain protection as designated wilderness or managed for non-wilderness uses. Until such time that Congress makes a determination, BLM is mandated to protect the areas’ wilderness characteristics.”
This reminder has been sent each spring for approximately 25 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 WSAs.
Maps of the protected area are available at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office located at 280 Highway 191 North in Rock Springs. Signs are posted along the boundaries of the WSAs, and BLM Rangers and other employees will be patrolling the area to advise the public of the closure and enforce the vehicle restriction. “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.