U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
|Release Date: 03/14/13|
BLM Pinedale Patrols Winter Closures for Wildlife
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is patrolling over 500,000 acres of BLM-administered winter closure areas through April 30.
“The patrols are intended to educate the public, distribute maps, answer questions, deter violators and encourage the reporting of violations,” states Rusty Kaiser, PFO wildlife biologist. “We’re constantly working to ensure the closures are implemented and enforced successfully.” The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Sublette County Sheriff’s Office also keep an eye out for closure violations.
The annual winter closures have been in effect since 2008 and help protect elk, moose, pronghorn, and mule deer from disruptive human activities which, during the difficult winter months, can increase the mortality rate for these animals.
The Ryegrass, Bench Corral, Deer Hills, Calpet and Miller Mountain closures include all BLM-administered lands north of Fontenelle Creek, east of the U.S. Forest Service Boundary, west of State Highway 189, and south of Horse Creek. The Mesa winter range closure includes all BLM-administered lands east of County Road 110 (East Green River Road), north of County Road 136 (Paradise Valley Road), west of the New Fork River, and south of State Highway 191.
Signs are posted at key locations around the closed areas restricting all types of motorized travel. Non-motorized means of travel are still allowed. Highways, county, and oil and gas roads are not affected unless posted otherwise. A map of the closed areas can be found at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale/recreation/closures.html
As a reminder, motorized machines, excluding snow machines, are not allowed off-road on BLM-administered lands at any time.
For more information, please contact Kaiser at 307-367-5317.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Pinedale Field Office 1625 West Pine Street Pinedale WY 82941
|Last updated: 03-14-2013|
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