01-03-18 Rock Creek Winter Range Closure

The Rock Creek area in Lincoln County is one of three big game winter ranges the Bureau of Land Management closed to motorized vehicle travel until the end of April.

KEMMERER — The Bureau of Land Management Kemmerer Field Office will be closing public lands in the Slate Creek, Rock Creek and Bridger Creek big game winter ranges to motorized vehicle travel through April 30.

“Motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, pickups and sport utility vehicles are prohibited during this time,” according to a BLM press release.

The closings took affect Monday.

Closure spots

• The Slate Creek area is south of Fontenelle Creek, west and north of U.S. Highway 189 and east of the crest of Slate Creek Ridge.

• The Rock Creek area is south of Lincoln County Road 204/Pine Creek Road, west of the crest of Dempsey Ridge, west of Fossil Butte National Monument and north and east of U.S. 30.

• The Bridger Creek area is south of U.S. 30, west of Fossil Ridge and the Bear River Divide, north of the Uinta-Lincoln County line, east of the Utah/Wyoming border and southeast of U.S. 89.

Exceptions

Use of nonmotorized such as walking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and mountain biking are allowed. Highways and county roads are also not subject to the closure.

The annual closure has been in effect since 2002 and is necessary to protect elk, moose, pronghorn and mule deer “from disruptive human activities which, during the difficult winter months, can increase the mortality rate for these animals,” the press release states.

Local and federal agencies such as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department; Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service; Uinta County Sheriff’s Offices; the BLM are allowed to access the land.

Other areas to be exempt from the closure include: operators of existing oil and gas facilities performing maintenance and pumping, as approved in its permits; livestock operators conducting permitted activities; utility companies conducting emergency maintenance after notifying the BLM; and other users granted an exception by submitting a written application to the BLM are accepted when performing official duties.

For more information, contact Angela Beley at 307-828-4508.

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