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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 05/15/09
Contacts: Lorraine Keith 307-352-0399    
  Nick Kaczor 307-352-0289    

BLM Reminds Public of Seasonal Road Closures On Steamboat Mountain Road

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office reminds the public of its seasonal road closure in the Steamboat Mountain area northeast of Rock Springs. The road closure is designed to protect the elk calving and deer fawning areas and will remain in effect through June 30.

"Roads leading to very important elk calving and deer fawning locations have been identified and posted to advise the public of the temporary closure," said Nick Kaczor, wildlife biologist.

Kaczor explained, "It is critical that we protect these areas from human activity during this sensitive period to improve fawning and calving success. This produces healthy, big game populations which benefit both hunters and wildlife viewers in the area."

The seasonal closure has been in effect each spring for about the past 20 years and includes both sides of the Steamboat Rim as well as the Johnson, La Fonte, and Box Canyons.

Kaczor continued, "We’ve had tremendous cooperation from the public the past several years. People have respected the closures and elk numbers appear to be doing well in the area."

Maps of the protected area are available at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office located at 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyo. BLM Rangers and other employees will be patrolling the area to advise the public of the closure and enforce the seasonal vehicle restriction.

"We appreciate the public’s awareness and continued support of this important seasonal closure," said Kaczor. For more information, contact the BLM at (307) 352-0256.

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.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901  

Last updated: 05-20-2009