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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 04/20/10
Contacts: Contact Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Encourages Responsible Use At Short Pine OHV Area

The BLM is encouraging recreationists to be mindful of rules and regulations and to act responsibly when using the Glendive Short Pine Off-Highway Vehicle Area located six miles south of Glendive.

The OHV area, situated just off Dawson County Road 335, consists of 3 1/2 sections or 2,240 acres of federal lands and is seeing an increase in use from both U.S. and international off-road enthusiasts. 

Last year, the BLM had several requests to close the area due to off-road vehicles trespassing onto adjacent private property. Littering, dumping and sign vandalism are things that BLM staff have limited time and funding to address.

Short Pine is classified by the BLM as an "open" area; which means it is open for off-road and trail use by motorcycles, three wheelers, four wheelers and four-wheel drive trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Safety is of particular concern; both for the vehicle operator and for others in the area.

According to BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Lori Harbaugh, the tendency by some riders to ride up and down the county road is a serious safety issue. Vehicles need to be plated and street legal when operating on the county road and both motorists and recreational vehicle operators need to use caution when driving the county road where it bisects the OHV area, said Harbaugh.

“When recreating at Short Pine, please know where you’re at and be respectful of adjacent private lands and livestock grazing in the area,” said BLM Miles City Field Manager Debbie Johnson. “We want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience on your public lands.”

When using the Glendive Short Pine Recreation Area, recreationists are reminded that the following rules apply:

  • All vehicles must be legally registered, either with a license plate or off-road sticker and properly equipped, including an unmodified spark arrester
  • OHVs that are not street legal (license plated) are not allowed to travel on County Road #335 --also  known as the Marsh Road
  • All motorists and passengers 18 years-old or under must wear a helmet
  • This is a “Pack in, Pack out” area; dumping is prohibited. Take your garbage with you
  • Shooting is allowed in the designated shooting area only. Remove all target materials and shell casings
  • Operate within OHV area boundary markers; do not trespass on private property
  • Use or possession of fireworks is prohibited
  • Punishment for those convicted of destruction of federal property may include fines of up to $100,000 and-or up to one year imprisonment

For more information or to report violations call the BLM Miles City Field Office at (406)233-2800. Violations may also be reported by calling 1-800-826-3023 or 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Additional information regarding OHV use on Montana public lands can be found on the web at:

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: 06-28-2012