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February 13, 2009

    Lorraine Keith, 307-352-0399
    Rusty Kaiser, 307-367-5317


Pinedale BLM to Host Tour
Of Big Game Winter Range Closure

WHAT: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Office is hosting a tour of the winter road and feedground closures.

WHEN: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

WHERE: Leaving from the BLM Pinedale Field Office at 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming.

BACKGROUND: The Pinedale Field Office has closed a portion of BLM-administered public lands to motorized travel to protect big game on crucial winter ranges and feed grounds. These closures include snowmobile and off-highway vehicle travel on existing roads and two-track trails. The closures do not include active oil and gas field roads unless otherwise posted, or state or county roads.

The public lands included in these closures are as follows:

The Franz, Finnegan, Bench Corral, Fall Creek, Scab Creek, North Piney, and Black Butte elk winter feedgrounds. Big Game Winter Ranges on all BLM administered lands north of Fontenelle Creek, east of the U.S. Forest Service Boundary, west of Highway 189, and south of Horse Creek (appx. 444,000 acres), and; all BLM lands east of County Road 110 (East Green River Road), north of County Road 136 (Paradise Valley Road), west of the New Fork River, and south of State Highway 191 (approx. 76,000 acre).

In attendance from BLM Wyoming:
Rusty Kaiser, Wildlife Biologist
Lorraine Keith, Public Affairs

For additional information, contact the Pinedale Field Office at 307-367-5300 or email pinedale_wymail@blm.gov.


The BLM manages more land – 258 million acres – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.