Leave ‘no trace’ on public lands

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring has sprung – and whether you are after a trophy gobbler, hiking, biking or just enjoying a snow-free getaway, your public lands await your arrival.

By respecting other recreationists, public land resources and infrastructure, everyone can help pay it forward for a great outdoor experience.

Leaving “no trace” is part of the responsible recreation ethic. No one likes to find their favorite place littered with garbage or vandalized.

Camping in one spot on Bureau of Land Management-administered land is allowed for 16 days maximum. If you need to drive your rig over to set up camp, don’t go more than 300 feet from an established road or trail.

Leave your public land litter-free. Stop noxious weeds by washing vehicles before and after to get rid of hitchhiking seeds. Be “Wildfire Aware” and know fire restrictions before you go. Remember, you need to use a legal access route to BLM-administered lands and be prepared; carry a map and anticipate areas with no cell phone service.

The BLM depends on the eyes and ears of the public to assist our law enforcement rangers. If you witness illegal or inappropriate activities – and it is safe to do so – please get photographs, a license plate number and a description of the vehicle. Then contact authorities.

Unsafe activity and violations can be reported by calling the BLM Field Office near you: Miles City Field Office: 406-233-2800; North Dakota Field Office: 701-227-7700; or South Dakota Field Office: 605-892-7000.

Eric Lepisto, Acting Field Manager

BLM Miles City Field Office

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