BLM Twin Falls Acting District Manager Mike Courtney said plans for the Bruneau Overlook site improvements on the edge of the scenic Bruneau Canyon include enhanced trail access to the canyon rim, additional educational interpretation, new restroom facilities and improved safety features.
These remote desert Canyonlands have long been treasured by the public, said Courtney. “Environmentalists, ranchers and recreationists came together as a community a number of years ago to identify common ground for establishing a shared open-space. This ultimately resulted in the establishment of a beautiful Wilderness Area on adjoining land that is shared by all and preserved for future generations.”
BLM State Director Tim Murphy said, “This Wilderness Area would not have been made possible without the outstanding collaboration of our many partners. At the celebration, we will extend our appreciation and special thanks for their extraordinary efforts to protect one of the most beautiful wild places on earth.”
Partners who will speak during the celebration include representatives of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Owyhee County, The Wilderness Society and others.
The public is invited to attend this special event. It will take place on September 16 at the Bruneau Overlook site beginning at 10:00 a.m. Below are driving directions to the Bruneau Overlook site from Boise, Twin Falls and Bruneau:
- Boise to Mountain Home to Bruneau. Take Mountain Home Exit 95 and proceed on Highway 51 for 22.2 miles to the town of Bruneau.
- Twin Falls to Hammett to Bruneau. Take exit 114 and proceed on Highway 78 for 16.5 miles to Highway 51 turn left or south and proceed for 4.6 miles to the town of Bruneau.
- Bruneau to the Bruneau Canyon Overlook. From the One Stop turn south on Hot Springs Road and go 15.5 miles then turn right and go 3 miles to the Bruneau Canyon Overlook.
Additional information, including a location map, is located at the following address: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/visit_and_play/places_to_see/jarbidge_field_office/bruneau_canyon_overlook.html. For more information about the event, please contact Twin Falls District Public Affairs Specialist Heather Tiel-Nelson, phone (208) 736-2352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Wilderness on public land is an important BLM responsibility. Nationwide on public land, the BLM manages 221 Wilderness Areas that total 8.7 million acres and 530 Wilderness Study Areas that total nearly 12.8 million acres. Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas are a part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, which also includes National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails.