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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office
 
Release Date: 10/18/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

Caution Urged on BLM Roads


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District advises travelers on roads crossing public land to use caution as road damage and washouts are occurring this fall due to higher than average precipitation.

Impassable and damaged roads are being discovered as staff returns to the field following the reopening of the federal government.

“Be aware of your surroundings, proceed cautiously and turn around if in doubt about a road’s stability or safety,” said BLM Supervisory Engineer Monica Goepferd. “Please travel safely and let us know when you discover deteriorating road conditions.”

With hunting season well underway, the BLM reminds the public that motorized vehicle use on public land is limited to existing roads and two-tracks. Driving off roads and trails is only allowed for “necessary tasks” and when no resource damage will occur. Resource damage includes degrading soil, damaging sagebrush or archaeological sites or creating ruts when driving on wet soils.

The locations of road damage or impassable roads may be reported to Goepferd at the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office, 307-347-5100.



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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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 10-18-2013