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Kemmerer Field Office
Release Date: 01/08/10
Contacts: Lorraine Keith 307-352-0399    

BLM Issues Winter Range Closures

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office, in coordination with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), reminds the public of winter closures for all motorized vehicle travel in the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area and the Slate Creek, Rock Creek and Bridger Creek big game winter ranges.

The seasonal closures are in effect from Jan. 1 through April 30, and contribute to the protection of wintering wildlife and public safety in the areas.

No motorized travel in these areas is allowed without permission of the BLM Kemmerer Field Manager. U.S. and state highways and county roads are not affected, and recreational use of these areas by non-motorized means is allowed.

The following BLM-administered public lands are included in this seasonal closure:

  • Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area, located approximately 15 miles north of Cokeville
  • Slate Creek, all BLM-administered lands south of Fontenelle Creek, west and north of Highway 189, and east of the crest of Slate Creek Ridge
  • Rock Creek, all BLM-administered lands south of county road 204 (Pine Creek road), west of the crest of Dempsey Ridge, west of Fossil Butte National Monument and north and east of Highway 30
  • Bridger Creek, all BLM-administered lands south of Highway 30, west of Fossil Ridge, west of the Bear River Divide, north of Uinta-Lincoln County line, east of Utah-Wyoming border, and southeast of Highway 89.

Personnel from the U. S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, WGFD, Lincoln and Uinta County Sheriff’s Offices, and BLM are exempt from the closures while performing official duties. Operators of existing oil and gas facilities may perform maintenance and pumping as approved.

For more information, or for maps of the closed areas, contact Wally Mierzejewski at 307-828-4508, or the Kemmerer Field Office at 307-828-4500, 312 Highway 189 N., Kemmerer, WY 83101.

The BLM manages more land - 253 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.

Kemmerer Field Office   312 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer, WY 83101  

Last updated: 01-14-2010