Gunnison County, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) temporarily closed a number of roads to all motor vehicles to protect Gunnison Sage-grouse during their mating season and to prevent road damage during wet spring conditions. These roads were closed March 15. County and BLM roads will reopen on May 15, 2014 unless it is necessary to extend a closure to prevent resource damage. USFS roads on Flat Top Mountain north of Ohio Creek and west of Hwy 135 will reopen June 15.
We thank the public for your cooperation. The closures, primarily for the benefit of Gunnison Sage-grouse, provided a much needed respite from human activities for this unique species during a critical part of its life-cycle. The closures also helped limit resource damage during the muddy season.
For additional information call Gunnison County Public Works at 641-0044; the Gunnison County Wildlife Conservation Coordinator at 641-7604; BLM at 642-4940; or the USFS at 641-0471.