BLM announces winter road closures to protect wildlife

Beginning Saturday, the Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will close a handful of roads for the winter to protect big-game herds.
A BLM spokesperson said Wednesday the seasonal closure affects specific BLM roads from Dec. 1 through May 1. The annual closures protect critical big-game winter range and other sensitive areas as well as prevent road damage during poor driving conditions.
The closure includes: Blue Mesa, Beehive, Chalk Mountain, Grand Mesa Slopes at Horse Mountain, Sink Creek, Mesa Creek and the Lands End road.
Also, 16 Road will be closed at Garvey, Post and Lapham Canyons.
The Coal Canyon road in the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area will be closed to motorized use Dec. 1 through May 31. Rapid Creek is open only during big game season for hunter access and remains closed the rest of the year.
Maps of closure areas can be found online at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html
For more information, call the BLM at 970 244-3000.


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