Motorists may be tempted to go cross country in their search for antlers that were dropped by deer or elk over the winter. But doing so can impact soils, vegetation, riparian areas and wildlife—the very elements that help deer and elk to thrive in Southern Utah. “When people travel cross-country with their motorized vehicles, they can inadvertently cause harm to the habitat of wildlife. This damage can create problems for deer and elk during a critical time period when they are stressed foraging for food in the winter months and especially, when they are dropping antlers” said Lisa Church, wildlife biologist for the BLM Kanab Field Office.
Public land users are encouraged to pick up the map at the BLM Kanab Field Office, 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, from 8-4:30 Monday-Friday. Questions can be directed to Misti Haines at (435) 644-1282.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.