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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 09/30/09
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    
  (307) 775-6014    

BLM reminds hunters to stay on existing roads and trails

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming, 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.

BLM's land use plans limit motorized vehicle traffic to existing roads and trails, except in Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs). Motorized travel in WSAs is generally restricted and varies from area to area, however in WSAs there may be additional restrictions or special designations. In Wyoming, BLM manages 42 WSAs covering over 570,000 acres. Current BLM land status maps show WSA boundaries and are available at BLM offices. Before planning a trip which would include a WSA, it is strongly encouraged to check with the local BLM field office to obtain the current allowable uses as management can vary by office. 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.

WSAs support a wide variety of recreation uses including hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, camping, nature study, rock hounding, photography, and climbing. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and bicycles may be used on designated routes. This use does not require any special permit or authorization. Cross-country travel with OHVs or bicycles is not allowed.

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

For more information, please visit or visit your local BLM office.

The BLM manages more land - 256 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.

Wyoming State Office   5353 Yellowstone      Cheyenne, WY 82009  

Last updated: 09-30-2009