Dry River Canyon closes to protect wildlife
Jan 23,2007 00:00 by Bend Weekly News Sources

(CENTRAL OREGON) -- A seasonal wildlife closure will soon be in effect on high desert public lands east of Bend located on the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The temporary closure is located in Dry River Canyon, which is located north of Highway 20, about 20 miles southeast of Bend. The closure is adjacent to Horse Ridge viewpoint and includes the entire canyon in addition to all public lands within one-quarter mile of the rim of the canyon. The Dry River Canyon closure is effective February 1 and expires August 31, 2007.

Click here to view an electronic map of the Dry River Canyon closure area.

Wildlife biologists will periodically monitor the sensitive wildlife habitat that is protected by the closure and determine whether the closure area may be opened for public use at an earlier date than scheduled. Posted signs located adjacent to the closure will help the public identify and avoid the closed area. If the areas can be reopened prior to August 31, the closure signs will be removed and the public may use the area.

Seasonal wildlife closures affect a very small percentage of the total public land base in Central Oregon that is accessible to the recreating public. “We’re asking for the public’s cooperation in minimizing disturbance to sensitive wildlife in this unique area,” said Molly Brown, Deschutes Resource Area Manager.

The closure is a legal requirement directed by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to provide protection for sensitive wildlife. Under the authority of federal regulations, violators are punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months.

The Prineville District BLM manages 1.65 million acres of public lands throughout Central Oregon, south from the Dalles to the high desert, west to Sisters and east to the Grant/Harney County line. For additional closure information, contact Outdoor Recreation Planner Gavin Hoban at (541) 416-6879.