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Land Closure Idaho (seasonal)

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    November 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 231)]
    [Notices]
    [Page 71332]

    Notice of Seasonal Road/Trail Closures on Public Lands in Cassia
    and Twin Falls Counties, Idaho.

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management announces seasonal closure of
    roads and trails in Twin Falls and Cassia Counties. Each year roads and
    trails shall have a seasonal closure in crucial wildlife winter range
    and/or may have temporary conditional closures to minimize resource
    damage and reduce public safety hazards when traveled by motorized
    vehicles during wet/muddy conditions. All trails leading from the road
    identified below shall have seasonal closures consistent with the road
    closures. Conditional closures are to be activated by the Authorized
    Officer during wet/muddy conditions. Several requests for the seasonal
    road/trail closures were received from the public during the comment
    period on the Indian Springs/North Cottonwood Road Upgrade
    Environmental Assessment (EA #ID-077-00-031).

    Time Periods

    Conditional closure for all motorized vehicles during wet/muddy
    conditions to minimize damage to roads/trails and natural resources
    will be from December 1 through January 15 and March 16 through May 15.
    During this time period, roads and trails will remain open if the
    entire area is dry or frozen.
    Firm closure for all motorized vehicles to protect mule deer and
    sage grouse from disturbance in crucial winter range will be from
    January 16 through March 15.
    Closures, including time periods, will be posted at the entrance to
    each road.

    The Legal Land Descriptions for the Road Closure Are as Follows

    The North Cottonwood Creek Road (BLM road #4221), has two
    entrances, one on the east side and one on the west. There is also an
    alternate road (BLM road #42163) located between the two entrances to
    the North Cottonwood Creek Road that starts at the Foothill Road and
    ties in with the North Cottonwood Creek Road, a distance of
    approximately 3 miles. The east entrance of North Cottonwood Creek Road
    closure starts 0.25 miles south of the Foothill Road and goes to the
    junction at the U. S. Forest Service boundary, a distance of
    approximately 7 miles. The west entrance to North Cottonwood Road
    starts at the Foothill Road and goes to the U.S. Forest Service
    boundary, a distance of approximately 6 miles, and back to the Foothill
    Road, a loop of approximately 13 miles total. The legal descriptions
    for the road entrances are T. 12 S., R. 17 E., Section 11 (west
    entrance), and T. 12 S., R. 18 E., Section 06 (east entrance), and T.
    12 S., R. 17 E., Section 02 (alternate road), in Twin Falls County.
    The Indian Springs Road (BLM road #4214) closure starts 1.5 miles
    south of the Foothill Road and goes to the U.S. Forest Service
    boundary, a distance of approximately 5.5 miles. The road closure
    starts at T. 12 S., R. 18 E., Section 9 in Twin Falls County. The first
    1.5 miles of the Indian Springs Road will remain open, allowing non-
    motorized trail users access to the two lower parking areas during
    periods in which closures for motorized vehicles are activated.
    The Cherry Springs Road (BLM road #4213), from the Rock Creek Road
    southwest to its intersection with the Indian Springs Road, just north
    of the U.S. Forest Service boundary. This is a distance of
    approximately 6 miles. The road starts at T. 12 S., R. 18 E., Section
    02 in Twin Falls County.
    Dry Creek Road (BLM road #1610), from the Tugaw Ranch southwest to
    the U.S. Forest Service boundary, a distance of approximately 7 miles.
    The road closure starts in T. 12 S., R. 19 E., Section 12, in Cassia
    County.
    No person may use, drive, move, transport, let stand, park, or have
    charge or control over any type of motorized vehicle on closed routes.

    Exceptions to This Order Are Granted to the Following

    Law enforcement patrol and emergency services and administratively
    approved access for actions such as monitoring, research studies,
    grazing activity, and access to private lands.
    Employees of valid right-of-way holders in the course of duties
    associated with the right-of-way.
    Holders of valid lease(s) and/or permit(s) and their employees in
    the course of duties associated with the lease and/or permit.
    Other actions would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    EFFECTIVE DATE: This closure is effective December 1, 2000, and shall
    remain effective until rescinded by the Authorized Officer.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Theresa M. Hanley, Burley Field
    Manager, 200 South 15 East, Burley, ID. 83318. Telephone (208) 677-
    6641. A map showing vehicle routes of travel is available from the
    Burley BLM Office.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for this closure and restriction
    order may be found in 43 CFR 8364.1. Violation of this closure is
    punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000.00 and/or imprisonment not to
    exceed 12 months.

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