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Yuma Field Office
Release Date: 02/18/14
Contacts: Lori Cook , 928-317-3243 or 928-246-8560  

BLM Plans Wilderness Celebration

Yuma, Ariz. – To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation System, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office is inviting the public to join them for several events beginning at 1 p.m. on February 24, 2014. Staff, including Archaeologist Thomas Jones and Geologist Frank Bergwall, will present information about interesting features of the wilderness areas administered by the BLM in Yuma from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on February 24, 2014, at the Yuma Field Office located at 2555 East Gila Ridge Road.

On February 27, 28, and March 1, 2014, the BLM will host 2 or 5-mile hikes into the Muggins Mountains Wilderness. Group hikes will be limited to 14 members of the public per hike due to logistical limitations for vehicle parking and hiking distances.  Depending on the interest, the BLM may lead two hikes per day. Please contact Ron Morfin, Team Lead for Recreation and Wilderness at 928-317-3200, to reserve a place for the hikes and for logistical information.

High clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended to get to the hiking area. The 2-mile hike will take approximately 1 hour and the terrain is moderate. The 5-mile hike is expected to take approximately 3 hours and the terrain is rugged. Pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended for the hikes along with sturdy hiking boots, a hat, and sunscreen.  Also bring sufficient water that you will need for the hike.

Wilderness areas administered by the Yuma Field Office include the Eagletail Mountains, Muggins Mountains, New Water Mountains, and the Trigo Mountain wilderness areas in Arizona, and portions of the Little Picacho, Palo Verde Mountains, Big Maria Mountains and the Riverside Mountains wilderness areas in California.

Congress established the National Wilderness Preservation System with the Wilderness Act of 1964. Ensuing legislation is used to add new areas to the System, such as the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990, which designated the Arizona areas listed above along with 34 additional wilderness areas that are administered by various BLM offices in Arizona and 4 new wilderness areas to be administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS areas included the local Imperial Refuge Wilderness and Kofa Wilderness.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Yuma Field Office   2555 East Gila Ridge Road      Yuma, AZ 85635  

Last updated: 01-06-2015