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Release Date: 09/16/11
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

BLM Institutes Land Closure for Horse and Public Safety During the Spring Creek Gather

NORWOOD, Colo. - To protect the safety of the wild horses, the public and the Bureau of Land Management employees and contractors, public lands within the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) will be closed to all entry effective immediately until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
“The BLM received indication that some members of the public were planning to disrupt gather operations, and decided it was necessary to issue a closure to protect the wild horses,” said Lori Armstrong, BLM Southwest District Manager. “The BLM is responsible to ensure safety for all operations associated with the gather.”
During the four-day period, public use or travel across any or all parts of the Spring Creek Basin HMA is prohibited. This closure affects public lands located in San Miguel and Dolores counties. The legal description of the HMA includes BLM-administered lands in T.42 and 43N. R.14 and 15W. N.M.P.M.
The public may enter the described closure area if they are escorted to a designated observation site by an authorized BLM official. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, dogs or domestic horses are permitted within the closure area.
Maps of the closure area may be obtained from the Dolores Public Lands Office located at 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. The areas affected by this closure order will also be posted with appropriate regulatory signs and or physical barriers.
Violations are punishable as a Class A misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual or $200,000 for an organization and/or up to 12 months imprisonment.

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.

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Last updated: 10-03-2011