Emergency Closures and Restrictions on Public Land in Oregon, 63924-63926 [E7-22170]

Download as PDF 63924 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 218 / Tuesday, November 13, 2007 / Notices sooner than 30 days after the publication of this notice and completion of the Record of Decision. Dated: October 26, 2007. Ken McDermond, Deputy Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. E7–22087 Filed 11–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Reservation Proclamation. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 78.26 acres, more or less, as the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indian Reservation for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan. Ben Burshia, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop-4639-MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208–7737. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Departmental Manual. A proclamation was issued according to the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 986; 25 U.S.C. 467), for the land described below. The land was proclaimed to be the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indian Reservation for the exclusive use of Indians on that reservation who are entitled to reside at the reservation by enrollment or tribal membership. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Calhoun County, Michigan; thence North 89 degrees 06′ 09″ East along said Southerly line, 214.69 feet; thence 362.37 feet along the arc of a curve to the left whose radius measures 362.0 feet and whose chord bears North 60 degrees 2′ 31″ East, 347.43 feet; thence North 31 degrees 44′ 56″ East, 263.62 feet; thence North 59 degrees 52′ 54″ East, 81.39 feet to the place of beginning; thence continuing North 59 degrees 52′ 54″ East, 181.87 feet; thence South 78 degrees 01′ 12″ East, 472.30 feet; thence South 76 degrees 27′ 00″ East 1357.31 feet; thence South 00 degrees 04′ 24″ West, 205.69 feet to the Northwest corner of Lot 21 of the Supervisor’s plat of Wagner Acres, as recorded in Liber 11 of plats, on page 21, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Calhoun County, Michigan; thence South 00 degrees 4′ 24″ West along the West line of said Plat, 1992.58 feet to the centerline of Michigan Avenue; thence North 55 degrees 29′ 21″ West along said centerline, 2350.98 feet; thence North 00 degrees 03′ 28″ East, 1191.07 feet to the place of beginning. The above-described lands contain a total of 78.26 acres, more or less, which is subject to all valid rights, reservations, rights-of-way, and easements of record. This proclamation does not affect title to the land described above, nor does it affect any valid existing easements for public roads and highways, public utilities and for railroads and pipelines and any other rights-of-way or reservations of record. Dated: October 15, 2007. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–22158 Filed 11–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [OR–116–5882–PA; HAG–07–0130] Emergency Closures and Restrictions on Public Land in Oregon Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Emergency Closures and Restrictions. rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Michigan Meridian AGENCY: Calhoun County, State of Michigan; Sackrider Parcel Commencing at the West 1⁄4 post of Section 13, Town 2 South, Range 7 West, Emmett Township, Calhoun County, Michigan; thence North 00 degrees 03′ 28″ East along the West line of said Section, 46.99 feet to the Southerly line of the exit ramp for I–94, as recorded in Liber 898 on page 4, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for SUMMARY: Pursuant to Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), § 8364.1 and 43 CFR 8341.2(a), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Medford District Office is publishing these closures and restrictions for motorized vehicles on certain public lands in Jackson County Oregon. These lands are located within VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:30 Nov 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Timber Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, under the jurisdiction of the BLM Medford District Office. The closures and restrictions are needed in order to protect the area’s natural resources and provide for public health and safety and address ongoing resource damage, vehicles and off-road vehicles, and conduct. EFFECTIVE DATE: These closures and restrictions are effective at the time of this publication, November 13, 2007, and will remain in effect until the adverse effects are eliminated and measures are implemented to prevent their reoccurrence. Comments may still be submitted and are welcome. Comments, including names, street addresses, and other contact information of respondents, will be available for public review at the office of the Bureau of Land Management, Medford, Oregon, during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning these closures and restrictions to: John Gerritsma, Bureau of Land Management, Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, Oregon 97504. Comments may also be submitted electronically to Medford_Mail@blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Gerritsma, Medford District Office, Medford, Oregon, telephone (541) 618– 2438. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact this individual by calling the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM’s Medford District Office has closed Bunny Meadows (a gravel stockpile site) and the surrounding public lands to camping and off-road vehicle use. Off-road (or off-highway) vehicle off-loading in a designated area, and motorized vehicle use on BLM road 38S–3W–14.0 will continue to be allowed to facilitate OHV access to trails and roads located to the west of Bunny Meadows on BLM-administered lands. The purpose of the closure is to protect soils, water, and fisheries resources that E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1 rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 218 / Tuesday, November 13, 2007 / Notices are suffering adverse impacts due to OHV use. In addition, this closure is needed to protect public health and safety. The legal description of the Bunny Meadows closure area is BLMadministered land in the W1⁄2 of Section 14, the NE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 of Section 15, and the SE1⁄4 NE1⁄4 of Section 15, T. 38 S., R. 3 W., Willamette Meridian (WM). This closure involves about 200 acres of BLM-administered lands. OHV use, and associated dispersed camping, has increased tremendously in the past year in the Bunny Meadows area resulting in a user-created OHV track (used to ride laps) within streamside Riparian Reserves of Forest Creek and immediately adjacent to homes on private land. Forest Creek is designated Coho Critical Habitat, and unmanaged OHV use and dispersed camping in streamside Riparian Reserves in the Bunny Meadows area is contributing to increased sediment in Forest Creek. Coho salmon are listed as a Threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. OHVs are also crossing Forest Creek County Road along a curve with poor visibility in order to access BLM-administered lands to the north of Bunny Meadows. The BLM Medford District Office has closed about 1,524-acres of BLMadministered lands to OHVs in the northeastern corner of the Timber Mountain OHV Area. Closed lands include portions of Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, and 13, T. 37 S., R. 3 W., and portions of Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, and 17, T. 37 S., R. 2 W., W.M. The purpose of the closure is to protect soils, water, and fisheries resources that are being adversely impacted by OHV use. Stream surveys were conducted on a reach of Kane Creek in September 2005. Habitat conditions have changed substantially since the last survey in 2001 and are declining. Kane Creek is identified as Critical Habitat for coho salmon. Decomposed granitic sand accounts for 80–100% of all substrates in pool habitats, with deposits as much as 10 inches in depth observed. Many of the pools have accumulated so much sand that they no longer function as pools. Decomposed granitic sand now accounts for 70% of all substrates, followed by cobble (13%) and boulder (10%). Suitable aquatic habitat capable of supporting populations of salmonids has been reduced in this section of Kane Creek due to the large accumulation of sand. The deposition of sediment (granitic sand) throughout this reach is so extensive that the reach is no longer capable of storing any additional inputs. Any additional sediment inputs will be transported downstream to other aquatic habitats and stored where conditions VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:30 Nov 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 permit, potentially impacting the entire fish bearing reach of Kane Creek. In 2001, substrate composition was described for this same reach as 10% silt, 30% sand, 25% gravel, 25% cobble, and 10% boulder. The major sources of this sediment are old skid trails and roads now used as an OHV trail system located upstream on BLM-managed lands and adjacent private lands. These roads and trails are located in highly erodible granitic soils. OHV riders are accessing these trails from both private and BLM-managed lands. One of the main access points is located on BLMmanaged lands located off of Kane Creek road. The closures, located within the Timber Mountain OHV Area, have been posted on the ground with signs. Maps of the closures are available upon request in the office of the Bureau of Land Management, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, Oregon. Maps of the closures are also posted on BLM’s Web site: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/ medford/recreation/ timberedmountain.php. The BLM designated the 16,250-acre Timber Mountain OHV Area to provide for ‘‘limited’’ OHV use in the 1995 Medford District Resource Management Plan (RMP). The Medford District BLM is in the process of developing the Timber Mountain Off-highway Vehicle Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to guide OHV use in the area. These closures and restrictions are necessary to protect the area’s natural resources, provide for the public’s health and safety, and provide needed guidance in the areas of camping, occupancy, and recreation. The authorities for these closures and restrictions are 43 CFR 8341.2(a), 43 CFR 8360.0–7, and 43 CFR 8364.1. Closures and restrictions for the abovedescribed public lands managed by the BLM are as follows: Definitions Off Road Vehicle (ORV) or Offhighway Vehicle (OHV): These terms are used interchangeably in this document. ORV as defined by 43 CFR section 8340.0–5(a): ‘‘any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed for, travel on or immediately over land, water, or other natural terrain, excluding: (1) Any nonamphibious registered motorboat; (2) Any military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicle while being used for emergency purposes; (3) Any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized by the authorized officer, or otherwise officially approved; (4) Vehicles in official use; and PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63925 (5) Any combat or combat support vehicle when used in times of national defense emergencies.’’ Closures and Restrictions for Bunny Meadows and Timber Mountain You must not enter areas that are posted or otherwise delineated as closed areas with any motorized vehicle. You must not camp in the Bunny Meadows closure area. Exceptions Exceptions to these closures and restrictions include emergency personnel (law enforcement, fire, medical), authorized BLM personnel and persons authorized to access private lands and rights-of-way within the closure boundary, any person traveling along Forest Creek County road in accord with State and County rules (non-street legal motorized vehicles are not allowed on county roadways), anyone who is off-loading OHVs in the designated parking area at Bunny Meadows gravel stockpile area or traveling in a motorized vehicle along BLM road 38S–3W–14.0 to trails and roads located to the west of Bunny Meadows on BLM-administered lands, and any person who is off-loading OHVs or traveling in a motorized vehicle along BLM road 37S–3W–11.0 to trails and roads located on BLM-administered lands southwest of the closure area. Penalties On public lands subject to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., any person who violates this closure order may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. 43 U.S.C. 1733(a); 43 CFR 8360.0–7. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. On public lands in grazing districts (see 43 U.S.C. 315a) and on public lands leased for grazing under 43 U.S.C. 315m, any person who violates this closure order may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $500.00. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. On public lands subject to a conservation and rehabilitation program implemented by the Secretary under 16 U.S.C. 670g et seq. (Sikes Act), any person who violates this closure order may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $500.00 or imprisoned for no more than six months, or both. 16 U.S.C. 670j(a)(2). Such violations may also be subject to E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1 63926 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 218 / Tuesday, November 13, 2007 / Notices the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. the NW RAC at publicly announced meetings of the full NW RAC. John Gerritsma, Field Manager, Ashland Resource Area, Medford District Bureau of Land Management. [FR Doc. E7–22170 Filed 11–9–07; 8:45 am] Dated: November 2, 2007. David Boyd, Acting Glenwood Springs Field Manager, Lead Designated Federal Officer for the Northwest Colorado RAC. [FR Doc. 07–5598 Filed 11–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P BILLING CODE 4310–JB–M MINNESOTA Dodge County Kasson Public School, 101 3rd Ave, NW, Kasson, 07001242. MONTANA Musselshell County Roundup Central School, 600 1st St W, Roundup, 07001243. NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Burleigh County Camp Hancock, 101 Main Ave, Bismarck, 07001244. [FR Doc. 07–5613 Filed 11–09–07; 8:45 am] Bureau of Land Management DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR [CO–140–08–1610–DP] National Park Service Notice of Public Meeting, Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council Subcommittees for the Kremmling Resource Management Plan Revision National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions BILLING CODE 4312–51–M Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before October 27, 2007. Pursuant to section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60 written comments concerning the significance of these properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW., 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1201 Eye St., NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005; or by fax, 202–371–6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted by November 28, 2007. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, DOI. ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council (RAC) Subcommittee on the Kremmling Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision will meet as indicated below. DATES: Nov. 27, 2007, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Kremmling Subcommittee will meet at the Kremmling Field Office, 2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, CO. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Stout, Lead Planner, 2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, CO; telephone 970–724– 3003. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Northwest Colorado RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of public land issues in northwestern Colorado. Two subcommittees have been formed under this RAC to advise it regarding the joint Glenwood Springs and Kremmling Field Offices’ RMP Revisions. The individuals on each subcommittee represent a broad range of interests and have specific knowledge of the Field Offices. The Glenwood Springs subcommittee is comprised of up to 14 individuals and will focus on all aspects of the Glenwood Springs RMP Revision. The Kremmling Subcommittee is comprised of 10 individuals who will focus specifically on travel management and recreation issues for the Kremmling RMP Revision. Recommendations developed by these subcommittees will be presented formally for discussion to rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:30 Nov 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 J. Paul Loether, Chief, National Register of Historic Places/ National Historic Landmarks Program. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA District of Columbia Armed Forces Retirement Home— Washington, 3700 N Capitol St, NW, Washington, 07001237. ILLINOIS Cook County Lumber Exchange Building and Tower Addition, 11 S LaSalle, Chicago, 07001238. West Burton Place Historic District, 143–161 W Burton Pl, Chicago, 07001239. MASSACHUSETTS Bristol County Spring Brook Cemetery, Spring St, Mansfield, 07001240. Middlesex County Revere Beach Parkway—Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston, (Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston MPS), Revere Beach Pkwy, Chelsea, 07001241. PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [USITC SE–07–024] Government in the Sunshine Act Meeting Notice United States International Trade Commission. AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: TIME AND DATE: November 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. Room 101, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, Telephone: (202) 205–2000. PLACE: STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. Agenda for future meetings: None. 2. Minutes. 3. Ratification List. 4. Inv. Nos. 701–TA–451 and 731– TA–1126–1128 (Preliminary) (Certain Lightweight Thermal Paper from China, Germany, and Korea)—briefing and vote. (The Commission is currently scheduled to transmit its determinations to the Secretary of Commerce on or before November 27, 2007; Commissioners’ opinions are currently scheduled to be transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce on or before December 4, 2007.) 5. Outstanding action jackets: None. In accordance with Commission policy, subject matter listed above, not disposed of at the scheduled meeting, may be carried over to the agenda of the following meeting. By order of the Commission. Issued: November 6, 2007. William R. Bishop, Hearings and Meetings Coordinator. [FR Doc. E7–22081 Filed 11–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 218 (Tuesday, November 13, 2007)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[OR-116-5882-PA; HAG-07-0130]


Emergency Closures and Restrictions on Public Land in Oregon

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Emergency Closures and Restrictions.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Sec.  
8364.1 and 43 CFR 8341.2(a), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Medford District Office is publishing these closures and restrictions 
for motorized vehicles on certain public lands in Jackson County 
Oregon. These lands are located within the Timber Mountain Off-Highway 
Vehicle (OHV) Area, under the jurisdiction of the BLM Medford District 
Office. The closures and restrictions are needed in order to protect 
the area's natural resources and provide for public health and safety 
and address ongoing resource damage, vehicles and off-road vehicles, 
and conduct.

EFFECTIVE DATE: These closures and restrictions are effective at the 
time of this publication, November 13, 2007, and will remain in effect 
until the adverse effects are eliminated and measures are implemented 
to prevent their reoccurrence. Comments may still be submitted and are 
welcome.
    Comments, including names, street addresses, and other contact 
information of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
office of the Bureau of Land Management, Medford, Oregon, during 
regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. Before including your address, telephone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, be advised that your entire comment--including your 
personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public 
review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that 
we will be able to do so.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning these closures and 
restrictions to: John Gerritsma, Bureau of Land Management, Medford 
District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, Oregon 97504. Comments may 
also be submitted electronically to Medford--Mail@blm.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Gerritsma, Medford District 
Office, Medford, Oregon, telephone (541) 618-2438. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact this 
individual by calling the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
(800) 877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM's Medford District Office has closed 
Bunny Meadows (a gravel stockpile site) and the surrounding public 
lands to camping and off-road vehicle use. Off-road (or off-highway) 
vehicle off-loading in a designated area, and motorized vehicle use on 
BLM road 38S-3W-14.0 will continue to be allowed to facilitate OHV 
access to trails and roads located to the west of Bunny Meadows on BLM-
administered lands. The purpose of the closure is to protect soils, 
water, and fisheries resources that

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are suffering adverse impacts due to OHV use. In addition, this closure 
is needed to protect public health and safety. The legal description of 
the Bunny Meadows closure area is BLM-administered land in the W\1/2\ 
of Section 14, the NE\1/4\ NE\1/4\ of Section 15, and the SE\1/4\ NE\1/
4\ of Section 15, T. 38 S., R. 3 W., Willamette Meridian (WM). This 
closure involves about 200 acres of BLM-administered lands.
    OHV use, and associated dispersed camping, has increased 
tremendously in the past year in the Bunny Meadows area resulting in a 
user-created OHV track (used to ride laps) within streamside Riparian 
Reserves of Forest Creek and immediately adjacent to homes on private 
land. Forest Creek is designated Coho Critical Habitat, and unmanaged 
OHV use and dispersed camping in streamside Riparian Reserves in the 
Bunny Meadows area is contributing to increased sediment in Forest 
Creek. Coho salmon are listed as a Threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act. OHVs are also crossing Forest Creek County Road 
along a curve with poor visibility in order to access BLM-administered 
lands to the north of Bunny Meadows.
    The BLM Medford District Office has closed about 1,524-acres of 
BLM-administered lands to OHVs in the northeastern corner of the Timber 
Mountain OHV Area. Closed lands include portions of Sections 1, 2, 11, 
12, and 13, T. 37 S., R. 3 W., and portions of Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, and 
17, T. 37 S., R. 2 W., W.M. The purpose of the closure is to protect 
soils, water, and fisheries resources that are being adversely impacted 
by OHV use.
    Stream surveys were conducted on a reach of Kane Creek in September 
2005. Habitat conditions have changed substantially since the last 
survey in 2001 and are declining. Kane Creek is identified as Critical 
Habitat for coho salmon. Decomposed granitic sand accounts for 80-100% 
of all substrates in pool habitats, with deposits as much as 10 inches 
in depth observed. Many of the pools have accumulated so much sand that 
they no longer function as pools. Decomposed granitic sand now accounts 
for 70% of all substrates, followed by cobble (13%) and boulder (10%). 
Suitable aquatic habitat capable of supporting populations of salmonids 
has been reduced in this section of Kane Creek due to the large 
accumulation of sand. The deposition of sediment (granitic sand) 
throughout this reach is so extensive that the reach is no longer 
capable of storing any additional inputs. Any additional sediment 
inputs will be transported downstream to other aquatic habitats and 
stored where conditions permit, potentially impacting the entire fish 
bearing reach of Kane Creek. In 2001, substrate composition was 
described for this same reach as 10% silt, 30% sand, 25% gravel, 25% 
cobble, and 10% boulder. The major sources of this sediment are old 
skid trails and roads now used as an OHV trail system located upstream 
on BLM-managed lands and adjacent private lands. These roads and trails 
are located in highly erodible granitic soils. OHV riders are accessing 
these trails from both private and BLM-managed lands. One of the main 
access points is located on BLM-managed lands located off of Kane Creek 
road.
    The closures, located within the Timber Mountain OHV Area, have 
been posted on the ground with signs. Maps of the closures are 
available upon request in the office of the Bureau of Land Management, 
3040 Biddle Road, Medford, Oregon. Maps of the closures are also posted 
on BLM's Web site: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/recreation/
timberedmountain.php.
    The BLM designated the 16,250-acre Timber Mountain OHV Area to 
provide for ``limited'' OHV use in the 1995 Medford District Resource 
Management Plan (RMP). The Medford District BLM is in the process of 
developing the Timber Mountain Off-highway Vehicle Management Plan and 
Environmental Impact Statement to guide OHV use in the area.
    These closures and restrictions are necessary to protect the area's 
natural resources, provide for the public's health and safety, and 
provide needed guidance in the areas of camping, occupancy, and 
recreation. The authorities for these closures and restrictions are 43 
CFR 8341.2(a), 43 CFR 8360.0-7, and 43 CFR 8364.1. Closures and 
restrictions for the above-described public lands managed by the BLM 
are as follows:

Definitions

    Off Road Vehicle (ORV) or Off-highway Vehicle (OHV): These terms 
are used interchangeably in this document. ORV as defined by 43 CFR 
section 8340.0-5(a): ``any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed 
for, travel on or immediately over land, water, or other natural 
terrain, excluding:
    (1) Any nonamphibious registered motorboat;
    (2) Any military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicle while 
being used for emergency purposes;
    (3) Any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized by the authorized 
officer, or otherwise officially approved;
    (4) Vehicles in official use; and
    (5) Any combat or combat support vehicle when used in times of 
national defense emergencies.''

Closures and Restrictions for Bunny Meadows and Timber Mountain

    You must not enter areas that are posted or otherwise delineated as 
closed areas with any motorized vehicle.
    You must not camp in the Bunny Meadows closure area.

Exceptions

    Exceptions to these closures and restrictions include emergency 
personnel (law enforcement, fire, medical), authorized BLM personnel 
and persons authorized to access private lands and rights-of-way within 
the closure boundary, any person traveling along Forest Creek County 
road in accord with State and County rules (non-street legal motorized 
vehicles are not allowed on county roadways), anyone who is off-loading 
OHVs in the designated parking area at Bunny Meadows gravel stockpile 
area or traveling in a motorized vehicle along BLM road 38S-3W-14.0 to 
trails and roads located to the west of Bunny Meadows on BLM-
administered lands, and any person who is off-loading OHVs or traveling 
in a motorized vehicle along BLM road 37S-3W-11.0 to trails and roads 
located on BLM-administered lands southwest of the closure area.

Penalties

    On public lands subject to the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., any person who violates this 
closure order may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined 
no more than $1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. 
43 U.S.C. 1733(a); 43 CFR 8360.0-7. Such violations may also be subject 
to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571.
    On public lands in grazing districts (see 43 U.S.C. 315a) and on 
public lands leased for grazing under 43 U.S.C. 315m, any person who 
violates this closure order may be tried before a United States 
Magistrate and fined no more than $500.00. Such violations may also be 
subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571.
    On public lands subject to a conservation and rehabilitation 
program implemented by the Secretary under 16 U.S.C. 670g et seq. 
(Sikes Act), any person who violates this closure order may be tried 
before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $500.00 or 
imprisoned for no more than six months, or both. 16 U.S.C. 670j(a)(2). 
Such violations may also be subject to

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the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571.

John Gerritsma,
Field Manager, Ashland Resource Area, Medford District Bureau of Land 
Management.
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