The BLM and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area have implemented seasonal road closures within the Gunnison sage grouse area of critical environmental concern.
Under the annual closures, C-77 (Green Mountain), Black Ridge and Red Canyon Road are closed to motorized and mechanical uses effective immediately through May 15, 2016.
The closures are intended to protect sensitive Gunnison sage grouse habitat, reduce stress and disturbance to wintering deer and elk herds and protect soils from excessive erosion and damage. Areas affected by the road closures include portions of Black Ridge and Fruitland mesas east of the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness, west of the Black Canyon Road, south of the Smith Fork drainage and north of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. All of the affected areas will remain open to non-motorized recreation such as hiking and horseback riding.
For additional information and a complete list of closures, go to www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html or contact the Uncompahgre Field Office at 240-5300.