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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov 
BLM Reminds Hunters about New Wilderness in White Pine County
Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reminds hunting enthusiasts that White Pine County has 15 expanded or newly-designated wilderness areas, and urges sportsmen to recreate accordingly.
“These new wilderness areas are on land managed by the BLM or the Forest Service," said Jack Tribble, deputy assistant field manager for the BLM Ely Field Office. “They may be within a hunt unit someone has used in the past and isn't aware of the change.”
The BLM has coordinated with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to include the wilderness boundaries on their hunt area maps.
Tribble said the wilderness areas were designated through the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act, signed by President Bush in December 2006. He said the benefits to hunting enthusiasts are several-fold.
“Wilderness cannot be accessed by vehicles, but the benefits to hunters on horseback or hiking is preserved habitat for large and small game, better forage for wildlife, pristine areas for hunting, camping and scouting, and some truly wild experiences in nature,” said Tribble.
Wilderness areas offer visitors outstanding opportunities for solitude, as well as primitive and unconfined types of recreation. Caving, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, primitive camping, rock climbing and rock-hounding are all allowed inside wilderness areas. Mechanized forms of transportation such as automobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and mountain bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas. Other regulations that apply within wilderness areas include no permanent blinds and no cutting of live vegetation.
To obtain maps of Forest Service-managed wilderness, contact the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Ely Ranger District at (775) 289-3031. You may obtain maps of BLM-administered wilderness by calling the BLM Ely Field Office at (775) 289-1800 or online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/was.html

Last updated: 08-15-2007