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Hunters Accessing Public Lands Should be Aware of Rules

Hunters accessing BLM-administered lands this season are reminded to drive only on established roads and trails. The BLM and Forest Service prohibit "cross-country" travel in order to reduce soil erosion, reduce the chances of wildfire ignition from hot exhaust systems, and reduce impacts to wildlife habitat and vegetation.

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National Forest Surveys Coming Your Way

Beginning October 1st, you may see more Forest Service and contract employees working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads.  They will be wearing bright orange vests and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead”.  Just like the postman, these folks may be out in all kinds of adverse weather conditions.  These folks are waiting to talk to you, so please pull over for an interview.  These well-trained interviewers want to know about your visit to the national forest.  All information you give is confidential and the survey is voluntary.

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BLM Offer Reward for Illegal Dumping Information

Salt Lake City, Utah (Oct 14, 2009) — The Bureau of Land Management Utah, West Desert District is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for illegally dumping 18 television and computer monitors and large pieces of furniture on BLM-administered lands in Tooele County.

The dumping occurred approximately 1 ½ miles south of I-80, Exit 77 in the Timpie Point area of Skull Valley.  BLM Utah law enforcement officers believe the dumping occurred between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11, 2009.  Additionally, the quantity and size of the items dumped suggest that more than one vehicle was involved.

Due to the toxicity of leaded glass, the television and computer monitors pose serious health hazards to both humans and the environment.  The total clean-up costs for the illegal dumping could be as much as $5,000.

The BLM is urging anyone who might have witnessed the illegal dumping or who might have information on the identity of the responsible party to contact BLM Ranger Randy Griffin at (801) 977-4314.

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BLM Challis Travel Management Maps Available

CHALLIS, ID (Oct 23, 2009) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Challis Field Office travel maps are available at BLM offices (Challis and Salmon), Eastern Idaho Visitor Center (Idaho Falls), Idaho Fish & Game Office (Idaho Falls), Rexburg Motor Sports, Action Motor Sports and various locations in Challis. These maps are free to the public and depict seasonal closures areas and approved motorized trails.

The BLM would also like to remind the public that starting October 1 through December 31, the following areas are closed to motorized use in order to provide a non-motorized hunting experience and preserve wilderness values:

Jerry Peak West Wilderness Study Area
Jerry Peak Wilderness Study Area (except North Fork of Sage Creek Road)
Corral Horse Basin Wilderness Study Area
Burnt Creek Wilderness Study Area (except Burnt Creek Road)
Goldberg Wilderness Study Area

“This is the first year for implementation of this portion of our travel management plan, and we are hopeful that it will provide hunters with a large block of public lands where they can enjoy a non-motorized hunting opportunity,” said Jeff Christenson, BLM Challis Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner. “Hunts spoiled by inappropriate OHV use have been the single largest source of complaints I get each hunting season.”

For more information, please contact the BLM Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200 or the Eastern Idaho Visitor Center at 208-523-1012.

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Historic Munitions Located and Removed at Pole Mountain


It’s hard to imagine that the rolling hills of Pole Mountain once had 75-mm military guns lined up for as far as the eye could see.

From 1879 to 1961, the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming was used as a target and maneuver area for military training. The Army and Air Force used the area to train soldiers and airmen in the use of weapons and munitions.

Today the Forest Service manages the 58,000-acre site for multiple-use. However, there remain unexploded munitions in the area. Every now and then, a citizen brings a military object to authorities for disposal.

The Army Corps of Engineers, with the Forest Service as a cooperating agency, is using satellite technology to detect and remove the munitions.

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