South Hills space briefly closed to motorized automobiles on Jan. 16

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Administration Burley Area Workplace will implement an annual seasonal motorized journey closure within the South Hills space Monday, Jan. 16 to Wednesday, March 15, 2023, to forestall useful resource harm and defend essential mule deer winter vary and Better sage-grouse habitat. The world remains to be open to the general public for non-motorized use.

 Indicators are posted within the space to inform the general public of the short-term closure to the next roads, in addition to any two-tracks or trails tied to those roads: 

  • Dry Creek 
  • Dry Gulch 
  • Cherry Spring
  • Indian Springs (closure begins 1.5 miles south of Foothills Street)
  • North Cottonwood Creek 

“Elevated human disturbance from motorized automobiles and off-trail recreation forces mule deer to maneuver to decrease high quality habitat and expend vitality they should preserve,” mentioned Eric Killoy, BLM wildlife biologist. “This, in flip, limits foraging potential and reduces fats reserves important for survival and replica. To maintain wholesome populations of mule deer within the South Hills and surrounding areas it’s essential to attenuate disturbance throughout these subsequent few months.”

The Magic Valley Regional Workplace of the Idaho Division of Fish and Recreation helps the necessity to defend wildlife within the space every year. “The habitat is vital to take care of mule deer herds over-wintering within the South Hills, and the world is widespread for searching and wildlife viewing throughout different durations of the 12 months,” mentioned Craig White, Magic Valley regional supervisor. 

The seasonal closure applies to all motorized automobiles (together with E-Bikes), besides these particularly approved to entry the world. Motorized journey authorization is offered for search and rescue operations, emergency medical providers and legislation enforcement personnel, and administratively permitted actions reminiscent of livestock grazing, entry to personal lands and useful resource monitoring or analysis research. 

 For extra info relating to this annual seasonal highway closure, or close by areas obtainable for motorized journey all through the winter, please contact Dennis Thompson, BLM Burley Outside Recreation Planner, at (208) 677-6600.



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