Stay off track
Earlier this year, the Banjo Fire burned 3,366 acres of land just east of Worland. As with all fire suppression efforts firefighters accessed these lands with fire engines and other motorized vehicles. This unfortunately left vehicle tracks throughout the area. While these tracks are attractive for recreational use, the repeated use of them can turn the tracks into permanent scars on the landscape.
With the hunting season and other fall activities on the horizon, BLM Worland Field Manager Mike Phillips reminds us that it is important that people travel only on existing roads in any burned area and avoid driving in the tracks left behind by firefighters. Driving off roads to retrieve game is only permissible within 300 feet of a road and only when no resource damage will occur. Otherwise, off-road or cross-country travel is not permitted.
Stabilization and rehabilitation efforts will soon be underway in the Banjo Fire area. Public participation is encouraged. The first participation opportunity will be on Sept. 30 to celebrate National Public Lands Day. For further information, contact the BLM Worland Field Office at 307-578-5900