BLM Lander encourages safe travel on public lands, issues reminder of continued seasonal closures

(Lander, Wyo.) – With spring in full swing, the Bureau of Land Management Lander Field Office encourages people to get out and enjoy their public lands and reminds recreationists of motorized travel restrictions in the LFO area.

Red Canyon, the Lander Slope, Whiskey Mountain and Green Mountain remain seasonally closed to motorized vehicles until June 15. These annual closures from December 1 to June 15 protect critical wildlife wintering and birthing habitats, roadbeds, visual resources and watersheds.

There are some LFO areas that are closed year-round to motorized travel. The Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area (WSA), Copper Mountain WSA, Whiskey Mountain WSA, a small area of Desert Yellowhead Critical Habitat near Beaver Rim and the Rocky Ridge section of the National Historic Trails are closed to motorized vehicles in order to protect resource values. Signs have been placed along the boundaries of these areas to alert visitors to the closures.

In all other areas, the BLM reminds the public that motorized vehicle use on public land is limited to roads and existing two-tracks. Cross-country (off road) travel is not allowed. And as snow melts and the ground thaws this spring, do not travel in wet or muddy conditions. Traveling over wet or muddy ground causes considerable resource damage, tears up road beds and creates the potential for dangerous situations for both driver and passengers.

Riding your off-highway vehicle (OHV) is a great way to enjoy your public lands. OHVs must be registered. To purchase an OHV permit and to learn more about the registration program, visit http://wyotrails.state.wy.us/ or call the Wyoming State Trails Program Office at 307-777-6323.

Something else you can soon enjoy are the BLM-managed campgrounds in the LFO area, which will open June 1, weather permitting. This summer, check out BLM campgrounds in the South Pass area and on Green Mountain.

If you have questions regarding LFO closure areas or any spring recreation-related questions, please contact LFO Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf at 307-332-8400 or at joakleaf@blm.gov.

–Provided by BLM

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