DATE: October 3, 2006
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-01
SPRUCE MOUNTAIN TEMPORARY TRAVEL LIMITATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT
Temporary travel limitations remain in effect for Spruce Mountain approximately 40 miles south of Wells, Nevada. These limitations require vehicles to use only existing roads, two-tracks, and trails in the Spruce Mountain area, Nevada Department of Wildlife Hunt Unit 105.
“This is the first hunting season since the travel restrictions were implemented,” said BLM Elko Field Manager Helen Hankins. “We want to remind hunters and the public that Nevada Hunt Unit 105 in the Spruce Mountain area is an off-highway vehicle restricted area. Cross-country vehicle use and the creation of new routes cause further wildlife fragmentation and impacts important cultural resources.”
“The purpose of these limitations is to protect sensitive wildlife habitat and important cultural resources from adverse impacts resulting from vehicles traveling off existing roads and two-tracks,” Hankins continued. “No roads are being closed. The limitations simply mean that people must keep their vehicles on the approximately 850 miles of existing roads and trails in the Spruce Mountain area. The limitations will remain in effect until BLM completes a land use plan revision or land use plan amendment and a Decision Record. We appreciate peoples’ cooperation while hunting or recreating on Spruce Mountain.”
“We are currently working on Travel Management Planning for the Elko Field Office including Spruce Mountain and we’ve had a lot of good input and suggestions from the public,” Hankins added. “Travel management planning is an open process and is dependant on public involvement.”
For questions or more information, please contact Tamara Hawthorne, BLM Recreation Management Specialist, by phone - (775) 753-0200, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org , or by mail - 3900 Idaho St., Elko, NV, 89801.