Subsequent to the announced closure, the Salmon River Cowboys (producers of the Rodeo) and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office have proposed solutions to address public safety and sanitation issues. BLM is currently working with the County and Event Sponsors to implement these options with the shared goal of keeping the site open during the Rodeo weekend.
“We greatly appreciate the willingness of Idaho County and the Event sponsors to share in the responsibility for these recreation sites that are impacted by this community event,” stated BLM Coeur d’Alene District Manager Gary Cooper. “Restricting access to public lands is not a decision we take lightly. However, with budgets cuts from sequestration, we were unable to solely fund sufficient law enforcement and sanitation needs this year. With decreasing available federal funding in support of these types of privately-sponsored events, BLM is hopeful we can reach a long-term solution with the Event sponsors and Idaho County Sheriff’s Office to permit this event under a Special Use Recreation Permit for the foreseeable future.”
As soon as we have these proposed agreements with the Rodeo sponsors and County Sheriff signed and in place, we will provide public notification that the campgrounds will remain open and reiterate BLM’s appreciation for the cooperation and support of the County and event organizers.