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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 10/21/13

BLM closes Ft. Meade Byway, campgrounds for cleanup

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. --- The Bureau of Land Management South Dakota Field Office has closed the Fort Meade Byway and adjacent campgrounds due to safety concerns associated with ongoing clean-up efforts.

The BLM-administered Fort Meade Recreation Area, located east of Sturgis, experienced impacts related to the recent snow storm which collapsed trees and rendered the road impassable for through-traffic. 

The BLM is cleaning up debris and clearing trees that may pose a risk to the public and campground structures. The public can still walk-in to access the recreation area for hunting and other activities.

“The tree damage was extensive,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Elizabeth Stiller. “Broken branches and weakened trees will only be cleared along the road and campgrounds but the danger will remain in the rest of the area.”

The public is advised to be mindful of these potential hazards when using the area. The BLM will reopen the Byway to vehicle traffic once two-lane travel is restored; which will be announced via news release.

For more information contact the BLM South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.7000.

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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.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup St.      Belle Fourche, SD 57717  

Last updated: 10-31-2013