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High Desert District Office
Release Date: 09/08/09
Contacts: Lorraine Keith    

BLM Reminds Hunters to Stay on Existing Roads and Trails

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District, which oversees the Kemmerer, Pinedale, Rawlins and Rock Springs Field Offices, reminds hunters and other recreationists to limit their off highway vehicle and truck use to existing roads and trails to protect important wildlife habitat and provide better hunting and recreational experiences for all public land users.

The BLM High Desert District's land use plans limit motorized vehicle traffic to existing roads and trails, except in Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs), which are closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles. Current BLM land status maps show WSA boundaries and are available at BLM offices located in Kemmerer, Pinedale, Rawlins and Rock Springs, or by calling 307-352-0256. Although signs have been posted along WSA boundaries, they can be vandalized or removed, and it is still the user's responsibility to know where the boundaries are and to obey the rules and regulations pertaining to motorized vehicle use on the public lands.

Please remember to "Tread Lightly" and “Leave No Trace” while enjoying the public lands. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the High Desert District, however, campers are required to move their camp after 14 days in one location.

“We appreciate the public’s awareness and continued support of these regulations,” said John Ruhs, High Desert District Manager John Ruhs. For more information, please 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.

High Desert District Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901  

Last updated: 09-10-2009