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Temporary Closure of Public Lands During Competitive Special Recreation Permitted Events: Nevada, Carson City Field Office

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Temporary closure of affected public lands in Lyon, Storey, Churchill, Carson, Douglas, Mineral, Washoe, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City Field Office, announces the temporary closure of selected public lands under its administration in Lyon, Storey, Churchill, Carson, Douglas, Mineral, Washoe and Nye Counties. By agreement with the Las Vegas and Battle Mountain Field Offices and the Tonopah Field Station, those lands affected by the Vegas to Reno and Nevada 1000 OHV Races in Nye and Esmeralda Counties are included in this closure. This action is taken to provide for public and participant safety and to protect adjacent natural and cultural resources during the conduct of permitted special recreation events.


March through November 2005. Events may be canceled or rescheduled with short notice due to weather, sudden change in resource conditions, emergency actions, or at the discretion of the authorizing officer.

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Fran Hull, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Carson City Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada 89701, Telephone: (775) 885-6161.

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This notice applies to public lands directly affected by and adjacent to competitive special events for which a BLM Special Recreation Permit (SRP) has been authorized. Examples of events include: motorized Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) races, mountain bike races; horse endurance rides and dog trials. Race and ride events are conducted along dirt roads, trails, and washes approved for such use. One or more events occur monthly from March through November. Unless otherwise posted, race closure periods are from 6 a.m. race day until race finish or until the event has cleared between affected check point locations. Closures may occupy 2 to 24 hour periods. The general public will be advised of event and closure specifics via on-the-ground signage, public letters, e-mail, or local newspaper notices. The public may call to confirm or discuss closures at anytime prior to an announced event date. Locations commonly used for permitted events include, but are not limited to:

1. Lemmon Valley MX Area—Washoe Co., T.21N R.19E Sec. 8.

2. Hungry Valley Recreation Area—Washoe Co., T.21-23N R.20E.

3. Pine Nut Mountains—Carson, Douglas & Lyon Counties: T.11—16N R.20-24E.

4. Virginia City/Jumbo Areas—Storey and Washoe Counties: T.16-17N R.20—21E. Start Printed Page 11264

5. Yerington/Weeks Areas—Lyon Co.: T.12-16N R.23-27E.

6. Fallon Area (Including Sand Mtn.)—Churchill Co.: T.14-18N R.27-32E.

7. Hawthorne Area—Mineral County: T.5-14N R.311/2—36E.

8. Vegas to Reno OHV Race Route: Nye, Esmeralda, Mineral, Churchill, and Lyon Counties: From Johnny to Dayton, Nevada—approximately 510 miles in the vicinity of Highway 95.

9. Nevada 1000 OHV Race: Nye, Esmeralda and Mineral Counties from Tonopah, Nevada. Approximately 250-300 miles per day.

Marking and effect of closure: BLM lands to be temporarily closed to public use include the width and length of those roads and trails identified as the race route or event area by colorful flagging, chalk arrows in the dirt and directional arrows attached to wooden stakes. The authorized applicants or their representatives are required to post warning signs, control access to, and clearly mark the event routes, common access roads and crossings during closure periods.

Recreational and other permitted use generally affected by a Temporary Closure include: road and trail uses, camping, shooting of any kind of weapon including paint ball, and public land exploration.

Spectator and support vehicles may be driven on open roads only. Spectators may observe the races from specified locations (such as designated pit and check point areas) as directed by event and agency officials.

Exceptions. Closure restrictions do not apply to race officials, medical/rescue, law enforcement, and agency personnel monitoring the events.

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Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1 and 43 CFR, part 2930.

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Penalties. Any person failing to comply with the closure orders may be subject to imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or a fine in accordance with the applicable provisions of 18 U.S.C. 3571, or both.

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Dated: January 25, 2005.

Donald T. Hicks,

Manager, Carson City Field Office.

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[FR Doc. 05-4422 Filed 3-7-05; 8:45 am]