On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office and the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area will implement seasonal road closures on approximately 17,570 acres within the Gunnison sage grouse area of critical environmental concern.
Under the annual closures, C-77, Black Ridge and Red Canyon Road are closed to motorized and mechanical uses effective immediately through May 15, 2013. Signs will be posted to notify the public of closures in these key-access areas.
The closures are intended to protect sensitive Gunnison sage grouse habitat, reduce stress and disturbance to wintering deer and elk herds and protect soils from excessive erosion and damage. Areas affected by the road closures include portions of Black Ridge and Fruitland Mesas east of the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness, west of the Black Canyon Road, south of the Smith Fork drainage and north of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. All of the affected areas will remain open to non-motorized recreation such as hiking and horseback riding.
The BLM staff appreciates your cooperation with this effort to protect this special area. For additional information, contact the BLM at 970-240-5300.