U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Cody Field Office
Release Date: 04/01/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207
BLM Hosts Little Mountain Travel Management Plan Workshop
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office will host a workshop on Thursday, April 15, from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Center in Lovell, Wyo., to discuss implementation of the Little Mountain Travel Management Plan.
Recreational use in the Little Mountain area near Lovell has increased over the past few years, making the designation of off-highway vehicle (OHV) routes critical to effectively managing the area for a wide variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, caving and sightseeing. A Travel Management Plan for the Little Mountain area was developed by the Cody Field Office in 2005 and 2006. Public input was sought from 2004 to 2006 through public meetings and comment periods.
The workshop will provide an opportunity for the public and the BLM to discuss how and why the Little Mountain Travel Management Plan will be implemented. The initial phase of implementation has been characterized by public education, and information is available at key access points throughout the Little Mountain area. The Little Mountain Travel Management Map can be downloaded at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Cody/rec.html.
For the majority of the Little Mountain area, OHVs are limited to designated roads and trails. New signs and markers identify which routes are open to vehicle use, which routes are closed, and which routes are too narrow for full-sized vehicles to use and are therefore suitable for ATV use only. Cottonwood Creek Trail, Pete's Canyon Trail, and the old roadbed beyond the Five Springs Falls Campground are closed to motorized use. A seasonal closure in the high country will be in effect from December 1 to April 30 each year.
The Little Mountain area consists of 69,044 acres of BLM-administered public land located in Big Horn County, north of U.S. Highway Alternate 14, south of the Crow Indian Reservation and the Montana state line, east of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, and west of the Bighorn National Forest.
For more information, please contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Shirley Bye-Jech at 307-578-5900.