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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Cody Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/04/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Cody Reopens Spirit Mountain Cave


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office has reopened Spirit Mountain Cave after a collapse last year made it unsafe to visit.

After numerous attempts were made by the BLM and local caving group volunteers to move a large boulder, the U. S. Forest Service (USFS) assisted by using small explosives to unblock the cave passage. Following the blast, volunteers cleaned up the debris and shored up the passage.

BLM Range Management/Cave Specialist Bryan McKenzie said the BLM couldn’t have reopened Spirit Mountain Cave without the assistance of volunteers and the USFS. “Blasting and working inside a cave comes with unique challenges so we certainly appreciate their efforts,” said McKenzie.

Spirit Mountain Cave is located on public land on Cedar Mountain, approximately three miles west of Cody. More than 1,000 people visit the cave each year.

The BLM reminds the public to not enter any cave unless all clothing and equipment has been de-contaminated to help prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) to Wyoming. WNS is a fungal disease that has killed more than 5.5 million bats in the eastern third of North America during the past six years and continues to spread south and west. Hibernating bats are especially vulnerable because underground caves provide the cool, moist conditions favorable for the fungus to thrive. Do not use any clothing or equipment in Wyoming caves that have been previously used in states where WNS occurs.

A permit is required to visit Spirit Mountain Cave. For more information or to obtain permits to visit the caves in the Cody Field Office area, contact McKenzie at 307-578-5900 or at bmckenzi@blm.gov. For more information on WNS, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wildlife/wns.html.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 02-04-2013