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Buffalo Field Office
Release Date: 07/22/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins, BLM 307-261-7603    
  Melissa Martin, FS 307-745-2371    

Weston Hills Recreation Area Temporarily Closed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Buffalo Field Office, and the USDA Forest Service, Thunder Basin National Grassland, will implement an emergency closure of public lands at Weston Hills Recreation Area from July 24 to August 24, 2009.

The closure is being issued in response to an incident that resulted in the destruction of visitor facilities. This action is being taken to protect resources from further damage and to assist in the ongoing investigation of the incident.

The Weston Hills Recreation Area consists of approximately 9,000 acres of BLM-administered lands adjoining the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The area is jointly managed with the USDA Forest Service. Weston Hills is located 25 miles northeast of Gillette, Wyo., and is accessible via State Highway 59 North.

For further information, contact Allison Ginn, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, at (307) 684-1116 or Robert Sprentall, Douglas District Ranger and Thunder Basin National Grassland Manager, at (307) 358-4690.

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: 07-23-2009