(Worland, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management Wind River/Bighorn Basin District advises travelers on roads crossing public land to use caution as road damage and washouts are occurring this fall due to higher than average precipitation.
Impassable and damaged roads are being discovered as staff returns to the field following the reopening of the federal government.
“Be aware of your surroundings, proceed cautiously and turn around if in doubt about a road’s stability or safety,” said BLM Supervisory Engineer Monica Goepferd. “Please travel safely and let us know when you discover deteriorating road conditions.”
With hunting season well underway, the BLM reminds the public that motorized vehicle use on public land is limited to existing roads and two-tracks. Driving off roads and trails is only allowed for “necessary tasks” and when no resource damage will occur. Resource damage includes degrading soil, damaging sagebrush or archaeological sites or creating ruts when driving on wet soils.
The locations of road damage or impassable roads may be reported to Goepferd at the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office, 307-347-5100.