Emergency Closure of Public Lands; Natrona County, WY, 3060 [05-1016]

Download as PDF 3060 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 19, 2005 / Notices Criteria for weather-related emergency closures at the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway-Vehicle Recreation area are as follows: No action would be taken until the annual total precipitation exceeds 6 inches. The rain year would be the same as that used by the National Weather Service and rainfall data would be acquired from the California Water Resources Board, nearest available rain gauge. Once 6 inches of precipitation has been exceeded, the following would apply: Additional rainfall exceeding 1⁄2 inch within a 24 hour period, or 1 inch within a 72 hour period will result in a temporary closure to all motorized vehicles. Once the closure has been implemented, a 3-day drying period will begin after no measurable precipitation is recorded. Once the area has been closed, a field inspection will be completed prior to reopening, and daily thereafter to determine suitability of road and trail conditions. When recorded field observations show that road and trail surfaces have not dried sufficiently to allow traffic without damage to the surface, the area shall remain closed. Closure criteria may be amended or refined as results of area closures are evaluated. Specific criteria may be developed for other areas as needed. Dated: November 3, 2005. J. Anthony Danna, Deputy State Director, Natural Resources, California State Office. [FR Doc. 05–1018 Filed 1–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4320–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Emergency Closure of Public Lands; Natrona County, WY AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of emergency closure. ACTION: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that certain lands are temporarily closed to motor vehicle use, discharge of firearms, and livestock grazing. The closed area is locally known as the Poison Spider Shooting Area. The public lands affected by this closure are lands administered by the BLM and described as: part of the North 1⁄2 of the Northwest 1⁄4 and part of the North 1⁄2 of the Southwest 1⁄4 of Section 14 in Township 33 North, Range 82 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, containing approximately 43 acres. This tract of land is bound on the east by the west bank of the Casper Canal, on the north by the old Poison Spider Road, on the VerDate jul<14>2003 15:11 Jan 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 west by the common section line between Sections 14 and 15, and on the south by Poison Spider Road (Natrona County Road 201). The area will be fenced and closure signs will be posted around the perimeter. Maps of the closure area and information on the rehabilitation plans may be obtained from the Casper Field Office. The Poison Spider Shooting Area has been subject to various uses that cumulatively present a hazard to the general public and has resulted in the destruction of public resources. Unrestricted shooting endangers persons traveling on Poison Spider Road (Natrona County Road 201), Natrona County employees working at a gravel pit to the northwest of the site, employees of the Casper-Alcova Irrigation District performing maintenance on the Casper Canal, and threatens livestock authorized to graze on the public lands. Various items of refuse such as refrigerators and propane tanks have been dumped at the site and used as targets for firearms. This may lead to the release of toxic substances into the air and/or soil and may result in explosive situations. The shooting of illegally dumped materials poses a potentially dangerous health hazard to individuals who live and work in this area. Uncontrolled vehicle use has resulted in the destruction of public resources, including vegetation loss, soil compaction, intensive rutting and soil erosion. The Natrona County Road and Bridge Department has agreed to assist the BLM in cleaning up the site. Upon completion of the clean-up, fencing the perimeter and posting signs, acts prohibited by this notice will be enforced. The closure will be effective when published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Whyde, Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming, 82604, telephone (307) 261–7600. Discussion of the Rules: Under the authority of 43 CFR 9268.3(d)(i–iv) and 43 CFR 8364.1(a), the Bureau of land management will enforce the following rule on public lands within the closed area: 1. Motor vehicle use is prohibited in the closed area. 2. Discharging of firearms is prohibited in the closed area. 3. Livestock grazing is prohibited in the closed area. Exemptions: Persons who are exempt from these rules include any Federal, State, or local officer or employee in the scope of their duties, members of any DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 organized rescue or fire fighting force in performance of their duties, persons employed to conduct maintenance on the Casper Canal, and any person authorized in writing by the Bureau of Land Management, Casper Field Office. Penalties: The authority for this closure is found under section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0–7. Any person who violates this closure may be tried before a United States Magistrate Judge and fined no more than $1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. Dated: November 30, 2004. Jim Murkin, Field Manager, Casper Field Office. [FR Doc. 05–1016 Filed 1–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Meeting of the California Desert District Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Pub. L. 92–463 and 94– 579, that the California Desert District Advisory Council to the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, will meet in formal session on Friday, April 1, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the conference room in the Ramada Inn, located at 1511 East Main Street in Barstow, California. Tentative agenda items include the following: —Reports by Council members, the District Manager and five field office managers. —Presentation by BLM’s Ridgecrest Field Office staff regarding its AdoptA-Cabin Program. —Update on the West Mojave Plan. —Status report on the Surprise Canyon administrative environmental impact statement. —Briefing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding its Desert Tortoise Assessment Report and the new Desert Tortoise Recovery Office. —Udate on the Dumont Dunes Recreation Fee Demo Program. —Council discussion to develop grazing consultation policy/procedure for the California Desert District. All Desert District Advisory Council meetings are open to the public. Time E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 12 (Wednesday, January 19, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Page 3060]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-1016]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management


Emergency Closure of Public Lands; Natrona County, WY

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of emergency closure.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that certain lands are temporarily 
closed to motor vehicle use, discharge of firearms, and livestock 
grazing.
    The closed area is locally known as the Poison Spider Shooting 
Area. The public lands affected by this closure are lands administered 
by the BLM and described as: part of the North \1/2\ of the Northwest 
\1/4\ and part of the North \1/2\ of the Southwest \1/4\ of Section 14 
in Township 33 North, Range 82 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, 
containing approximately 43 acres. This tract of land is bound on the 
east by the west bank of the Casper Canal, on the north by the old 
Poison Spider Road, on the west by the common section line between 
Sections 14 and 15, and on the south by Poison Spider Road (Natrona 
County Road 201). The area will be fenced and closure signs will be 
posted around the perimeter. Maps of the closure area and information 
on the rehabilitation plans may be obtained from the Casper Field 
Office.
    The Poison Spider Shooting Area has been subject to various uses 
that cumulatively present a hazard to the general public and has 
resulted in the destruction of public resources. Unrestricted shooting 
endangers persons traveling on Poison Spider Road (Natrona County Road 
201), Natrona County employees working at a gravel pit to the northwest 
of the site, employees of the Casper-Alcova Irrigation District 
performing maintenance on the Casper Canal, and threatens livestock 
authorized to graze on the public lands.
    Various items of refuse such as refrigerators and propane tanks 
have been dumped at the site and used as targets for firearms. This may 
lead to the release of toxic substances into the air and/or soil and 
may result in explosive situations. The shooting of illegally dumped 
materials poses a potentially dangerous health hazard to individuals 
who live and work in this area.
    Uncontrolled vehicle use has resulted in the destruction of public 
resources, including vegetation loss, soil compaction, intensive 
rutting and soil erosion.
    The Natrona County Road and Bridge Department has agreed to assist 
the BLM in cleaning up the site. Upon completion of the clean-up, 
fencing the perimeter and posting signs, acts prohibited by this notice 
will be enforced.

DATES: The closure will be effective when published in the Federal 
Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Whyde, Casper Field Office, 2987 
Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming, 82604, telephone (307) 261-7600.
    Discussion of the Rules: Under the authority of 43 CFR 9268.3(d)(i-
iv) and 43 CFR 8364.1(a), the Bureau of land management will enforce 
the following rule on public lands within the closed area:
    1. Motor vehicle use is prohibited in the closed area.
    2. Discharging of firearms is prohibited in the closed area.
    3. Livestock grazing is prohibited in the closed area.
    Exemptions: Persons who are exempt from these rules include any 
Federal, State, or local officer or employee in the scope of their 
duties, members of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in 
performance of their duties, persons employed to conduct maintenance on 
the Casper Canal, and any person authorized in writing by the Bureau of 
Land Management, Casper Field Office.
    Penalties: The authority for this closure is found under section 
303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 
1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0-7. Any person who violates this closure may 
be tried before a United States Magistrate Judge and fined no more than 
$1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such 
violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 
U.S.C. 3571.

    Dated: November 30, 2004.
Jim Murkin,
Field Manager, Casper Field Office.
[FR Doc. 05-1016 Filed 1-18-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-40-P