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BLM Extends Seasonal Closure In The South Hills

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Id – Due to existing snow drifts and wet and muddy road conditions, the Bureau of Land Management Burley Field Office will extend the current motorized vehicle closure that is due to end on March 16 to March 29, 2013. This annual closure, which has been in place since 2000, is designed to prevent resource damage and to protect crucial mule deer winter range and sage-grouse habitat.

The extended conditional closure is issued when road conditions warrant closure to prevent damage. There are signs notifying the public of the closure, and gates have been installed to prevent trespass.

The following roads and any two-tracks or trails tied to these roads will be closed to motorized travel until March 29: Dry Creek, Cherry Spring, Indian Springs (closure begins 1.5 miles south of Foothills Road) and North Cottonwood Creek.

The seasonal closure applies to all motorized vehicles except those specifically authorized to access the area. Such authorization is provided for search and rescue, emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel, as well as administratively approved actions such as livestock grazing activity, access to private lands and resource monitoring or research studies. The area is open to the public for non-motorized use.

For additional information, please contact Dennis Thompson, Burley Field Office recreation planner, at (208) 677-6600.


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