BLM Seeks Comments on Rock-Climbing Changes

2011-09-13T01:15:00Z 2011-09-13T06:52:01Z BLM Seeks Comments on Rock-Climbing ChangesTimes-News Twin Falls Times-News
September 13, 2011 1:15 am  • 

BURLEY • The public is invited to comment on a federal proposal to limit rock climbing in parts of Cassia and Power counties.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking to stop rock climbing activities at Cedar Fields to protect cultural resources. It would also end climbing in BLM-owned land in the Castle Rocks Inter-Agency Recreation Area. Climbing would be halted till an environmental assessment can determine resource uses in that area.

The changes would be made through amendments to the Monument and Cassia resource management plans.

The BLM is considering these areas because they contain archeological and historical resources that are impacted by climbing.

The plans affect the use of almost 1,550 acres in the two counties. BLM officials encourage the public to comment in order to help influence the planning process.

The BLM will accept comments until Oct. 28. Comments may be submitted online at www.blm.-gov/id/st/en/info/, emailed to or mailed to the Burley Field Office at 15 East 200 South, Burley, ID 83318.

The BLM will also take public comments at open houses in Burley and Pocatello.

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