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Prevention of human caused fires urged

With Memorial Day weekend upon us and the season for more outings on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Western Nevada Agency, would like to remind the community to be aware of the increased chance of wildfire due to drying conditions and increased fuels from the wet spring. 

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2015 Public Lands Fee-Free Days Announced

Jan. 19: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and encourages Americans to participate in the MLK Day of Service
Feb. 16: Presidents Day, honoring our nation’s Presidents with particular attention towards commemorating President Washington and President Lincoln.
June 13: National Get Outdoors Day, a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry encourages healthy, outdoor activities.
Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day, commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to all military heroes past and present.

The last fee-free period for 2014 is Nov. 8-11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

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Important information regarding road closures in southeastern Arizona

(1) Closure of Long Hollow Road access point in GMU 32 -- Klondyke area

Due to a change in private land ownership in the area, there is no longer public access to State Trust lands or Forest Service lands through the Long Hollow Road access point (near Klondyke) in Game Management Unit 32.

(2) Temporary road and recreation site closures in Chiricahua Mountains (GMU 29) due to storm damage

Due to damage from recent storms, the Coronado National Forest has temporarily closed some roads and recreation sites for public safety reasons in the Chiricahua Mountains in Game Management Unit 29. Below is a news release that was issued on Sept. 26 by the Coronado National Forest:

TUCSON, AZ (September 26, 2014) -- Some roads and recreation sites located on the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest are being temporarily closed due to damage related to recent storms in the area. The affected areas lie within the Chiricahua mountain range.

The following recreation sites are temporarily closed to human entry:

Idlewilde Campground
Stewart Campground
Sunny Flat Campground
John Hands Day Use Area
Herb Martyr Day Use Area
National Forest System Road 42 from Pinery Administrative Site to Paradise is open to vehicular traffic. Motorists are advised to use caution and observe signs posted for safety purposes.

National Forest System Road 42 from the Cave Creek Visitor Center to the closure gate located approximately ½ mile northwest of the Southwestern Research Station, is closed to vehicular traffic, open to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The following are temporarily closed:

National Forest System Roads 42A (Herb Martyr Road) and 42E (South Fork Road).
National Forest System Roads 314 and 685.
National Forest System Roads 74E, 628, 4243, 4244, 4245, 4246, 4248, and 7181.
Some areas will be gated, others posted with signs. Copies of the Special Closure Orders and maps will be posted at closed areas, available at the Douglas Ranger District Office, and posted on the Coronado National Forest website.

The areas are closed to allow for public safety in the Chiricahua Mountains after recent flood events caused significant road damage and erosion concerns. Closures will remain in effect until September 22, 2015, or until rescinded, whichever event occurs first.

Reports indicate that saturated soils and runoff debris are present in many areas of the Chiricahua Mountains. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to use extreme caution while in the area, and are advised that even small amounts of precipitation may result in flash flooding.

Alternative recreation sites on the Douglas Ranger District are currently open.

Rustler Park Campground can be reached by National Forest System Road (NFSR) 42. At 8,500 feet in elevation, 22 campsites can accommodate tents or trailers up to 22 feet in length.

On the west side of the Chiricahuas, Sycamore Campground can be reached on NFSR 41. The campground sits at 6,200 feet in elevation, with eight camp sites which can accommodate tents or trailers up to 16 feet in length.

Also on the west side of the Chiricahuas, Camp Rucker Group Site can be accessed by NFSR 74. At 5,600 feet in elevation, 11 campsites are available that can accommodate tents and trailers up to 16 feet in length.

In the Dragoon Mountains, Cochise Stronghold can be accessed by NFSR 84. At 5,000 feet, 12 camp sites can accommodate trailers up to 22 feet in length.

Drinking water and electricity are not available at the sites.

For further information, please contact the Douglas Ranger District Office at (520) 364-3468 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Read the Forest Service news release on the Coronado National Forest website.

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Rules? Who needs rules?

The federal agency will allow public comment for an additional month, until Dec. 3, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said, and set up meetings to answer questions from journalists, wilderness groups and the public.

"The Forest Service proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America's wild places," Chambers said in a statement.

Fox News did a report about this proposal that was little missing leading.  The Fox News segment talked about Forest Service and wilderness while showing pictures of National Parks.  

But then, the general public can relate to iconic views of Yosemite NP Half Dome and Yellowstone Geysers.  It much harder for the public to relate to wilderness areas under Forest Service management.  Seems few people care about or even know about those "special" areas as they are managed to exclude all but the most adventurous of the public that can endure to physical exertion to visit.

And, the backlash that ensued....  
 
Seems the elite does not grasp the concept that what they want for others also applies to them.
 
After all, the same law Forest Service is citing to charge for film/photo permits in wilderness is also the same law that is used to charge outfitters and guides for horseback trips into wilderness.  And, it is the same law that allows Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to charge special recreation event fees for the general public to use public lands.  And, it is the same law used to require expensive permits for motion pictures, television shows and commercials to film on public lands.
 
The media and wilderness advocates are elite.  Rules, what rules? 
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Public Listening Sessions Slated for Denver and Sacramento

The Denver meeting will convene October 1, 2014, 1pm to 5pm, MDT, at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401.  The Denver meeting will have a livestream option for people to participate remotely.  The meeting can be accessed at www.blm.gov/live/.

The Sacramento meeting will take place October 7, 2014, 1pm to 5pm, at the Double Tree by Hilton Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815.

To Preregister for the Planning 2.0 listening sessions or joing the mailing list, click here.

As part of a continuing commitment to improvemanagement of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way they develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).

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