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John Stewart

BLM to temporarily suspend entrance fees on public lands across America

WASHINGTON – After careful consideration and at the direction of Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the Bureau of Land Management will temporarily suspend the collection of all entrance fees until further notice.

As a result, site-specific day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived for the foreseeable future. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas, will remain in effect.

“I’ve directed the Bureau of Land Management to waive entrance fees at recreation sites and national monuments that remain open. This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors across the 245 million acres of public lands managed by the agency,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

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FIREWORKS AND EXPLODING TARGETS BAN 2018

Portland, Ore. – Effective June 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1, to October 20, 2018.

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YourPassNow offers visitors digital access to America’s public lands

BLM LAKE HAVASU FIELD OFFICE AND NIC INC. PARTNER TO OFFER ELECTRONIC RECREATION PERMITS AND ANNUAL PASSES

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Recreationists will now be able to easily attain electronic recreation permits and annual passes for Lake Havasu shoreline sites, making access to public lands more convenient.

The permits and passes will be available through the digital marketplace, YourPassNow. This innovation is made possible through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and NIC Inc., a digital government services provider.

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Prescribed burns help protect public lands

While nature does its best to keep things in balance, there are times when a little help from land and resource managers is necessary. One of those helping hands comes from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and includes prescribed burns on public land to maintain and enhance the health and productivity of some incredible resources. 

As stewards of 5.4 million acres of public land in six counties – Doña Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra and Otero, the BLM Las Cruces District employs a team of specialists to accomplish some important objectives through prescribed burns.

The BLM Fire Management Program has two objectives, including the protection of life, property and public land and resources from wildland fire; and the maintenance and enhancement of resources through prescribed burning for the benefit of wildlife habitat and rangeland resources. To meet both objectives, the BLM Las Cruces District specialists work together to monitor the resources and plan their strategies.

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BLM extends sage grouse comment period

Public comments will now be accepted through January 15, 2016.

Cal4Wheel has participated with this effort along with BlueRibbon Coalition, in addition to the greater sage grouse effort across the 11 western states.  The “bi-state” population segment is unique to the Bridgeport region of California and east into Nevada.

There is an ongoing lawsuit lead by BlueRibbon Coalition with Cal4Wheel, AMA District 36 and a local club concerning the the grouse and planning efforts that would impact recreation in the region.

Cal4Wheel will continue to be involved through this round and as long as necessary to ensure OHV recreation is not closed out of the area.  

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