BLM to Close Block of Land Near Bluff To OHV's

BLM to Close Block of Land Near Bluff To OHV's

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MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management will close a two square mile block of public lands bordering the town of Bluff.

A new travel limitation order will close just over 18-hundred acres to off-highway vehicles under the jurisdiction of the B-L-M's Monticello Field Office.

However, the land is currently open to cross-country travel.

B-L-M officials cited impacts to cultural resources and complaints from residents as the reason for closing the public land to O-H-Vs.

The travel restrictions will remain in effect until O-H-V travel can be addressed throughout the county.

The Monticello Field Office is currently in the "alternative development" phase of the planning process. They expect to release a draft plan in September.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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