The all-entry closure will help minimize human disturbance to mule deer and elk herds during a critical time of the year and help ensure the long-term viability of their habitat.
“The extended motorized vehicle closure will give existing plants extra time to recover from the effects of the fire,” said Four Rivers Field Manager Tate Fischer. “It will enable seeded shrub, forb and grass species to become established; help to slow the spread of noxious weeds; and allow burned areas to re-establish a vegetative cover which protects the soil from erosion and provides for moisture retention.”
The southeastern edge of the closure area is located about seven miles north of Mountain Home, Idaho, and extends five to seven miles north of the Immigrant and Foothill Roads. View the closure map online at: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/id/maps/Closures.Par.65649.File.dat/PonyComplex_BLM_closure_85x11.pdf.
After the Pony and Elk fires, the BLM worked closely with the US Forest Service (USFS) and other organizations in crafting the closures; however, the information presented on this map is valid for BLM lands only. The USFS may have different closures for national forest lands. Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices for USFS-specific closures.
Maps showing the closed public lands are also available for viewing at BLM Offices, the USFS Mountain Home Ranger District office and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office in Nampa.
Temporary closure signs have been posted at key entry points to the burned area. Anyone violating the closure may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both. Violators may also be subject to additional fines.
For more information, please contact Larry Ridenhour at 208-384-3334.