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Temporary Closures on Public Lands in Owyhee County, Idaho
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:26:14 am »
Notice of Temporary Closures on Public Lands in Owyhee County,

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Temporary Route Closures.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that temporary closures are in effect
for the routes within the Hot Well Wildlife Tract on public lands
administered by the Bruneau Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
(BLM). The routes within the tract will be closed to motorized vehicle
traffic to protect sensitive botanical resources.

DATES: The temporary closure will be in effect beginning July 9, 2014
and will remain in effect until August 8, 2016, or until rescinded or
modified by the authorized officer or designated Federal officer.
Future route management will be evaluated during travel management
planning that will take place over the next two years.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact Tanya
Thrift, Bruneau Field Manager, at 3948 Development Avenue, Boise,
Idaho, 83705, by email at, or by phone at 208-384-3300.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to
contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or
question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during
normal business hours.


Routes Closed to Motorized Vehicle Use

    The Hot Well Wildlife Tract temporary closures affect routes
crossing public lands located in Owyhee County, Idaho. The affected
routes are found in:

T. 7 S., R. 5 E., Section 6, W\1/2\SE\1/4\, Boise Meridian, Idaho

    One route enters the wildlife tract from Cattle Drive Road then
splits into two routes that join back together at the geothermal well.
These routes are shown on the map named ``Hot Well Wildlife Tract
Temporary Route Closures,'' and all portions (a total length of
approximately 1 mile) will be closed under this temporary closure.
    As documented in Categorical Exclusion Documentation (CX) No. DOI-
BLM-ID-B20-2013-0004-CX, this action is in conformance with the 1983
Bruneau Management Framework Plan and is categorically excluded from
further documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) in accordance with 516 DM 11.9 G(3), Temporary closure of roads
and trails, as none of the extraordinary circumstances described in 516
DM 2 apply. The CX and Decision Record for this action were signed on
March 12, 2014. The Hot Well Wildlife Tract is the only known location
in Idaho for a BLM Sensitive plant, alkali cleomella (Cleomella
plocasperma). Use of this wildlife tract for unauthorized social
gatherings by some local residents is in conflict with Bruneau
Management Framework Plan direction to manage the site for wildlife
values (Decision W/L-4.2) and to protect and conserve special status
plants (Objective RM-5). The documented high level of recreational use
associated with the adjacent privately owned geothermal well and the
associated large quantities of trash have resulted in the need for
temporary route closures to protect threatened natural resources.
activities are damaging habitat for the sensitive plant and increasing
the risk for population decline. Future route management will be
evaluated in the forthcoming travel management plan. Estimated time for
completion of this plan is the summer of 2016. The BLM will post a
closure sign and place a locked metal gate at the north entry point on
Cattle Drive Road. Pedestrian access to the Hot Well Wildlife Tract
will still be allowed. These closures will also be posted in the BLM
Boise District Office. Maps of the affected area and other documents
associated with these closures are available at the BLM Boise District
Office at 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho, 83705. Under the
authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management
Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), 43 CFR 8360.0-7, and 43 CFR 8364.1,
the BLM will enforce the following rule within the Hot Well Wildlife
    Motorized vehicles must not be used on closed routes.
    Exemptions: Exempt from this closure are contractors hired by the
BLM to work in the area; search and rescue personnel; Federal, State or
local law enforcement officials; other BLM employees in the performance
of their official duties; and persons with written authorization from
the BLM.
    Penalties: Any person who violates the above rule may be tried
before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000,
imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Violators may also be
subject to the enhanced fines provided for in 18 U.S.C. 3571.

    Authority:  43 CFR 8364.1.

Tanya M. Thrift,
Bruneau Field Manager.
[FR Doc. 2014-13405 Filed 6-6-14; 8:45 am]

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