A wide range of recreational opportunities abounds for individuals of all ages and interests in Idaho. As Memorial Day approaches, BLM offers the following tips for safe enjoyment of the outdoors:
Camping: Most BLM campgrounds throughout Idaho are open and ready for the weekend. Please keep these tips in mind:
River Etiquette: Although you may find solitude along Idaho's rivers and lakes, you will not be alone, so please be courteous to others. Busy launch sites and congested water traffic can be avoided if everyone practices a few simple courtesies, such as ramp manners, quietness and “sharing the water.” Here are some simple tips that will help:
Hiking, Biking and OHVs: It is estimated that more than 19,000 trails abound in Idaho. Whether you are interested in hiking, bicycling or traveling by off-highway vehicle, Idaho BLM public lands have something for you to explore. These tips will enhance your visit:
Dragging Chains on vehicles: It is that time of the year when just one small spark can ignite the dry grass on fire. Take the time to make sure your vehicle and trailer are properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground. A shower of sparks from a loose safety chain striking pavement can easily start multiple fires in dry vegetation.
Target shooting: Exploding targets are an exciting way to confirm your gun’s accuracy. But consider the environment around you before you pull the trigger. Explosive targets have the ability to start wildfires and are illegal on BLM lands from May 10 thru October 20. Please visit www.idahofireinfo.com for additional fire prevention tips and a copy of the BLM Fire Prevention Order.
Public lands are often located in your backyard, so get out and explore the outdoors, it’s yours!
For additional information, visit the Idaho BLM Recreation Website, where you will find a downloadable state recreation guide and map, things to do, places to see, how to plan your trip and more: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/visit_and_play.html.
John Stewart Managing Editor - 4x4Voice - 4x4Wire - MUIRNet.net Natural Resources Consultant - California Four Wheel Drive Association - http://www.cal4wheel.com Board of Directors - BlueRibbon Coalition http://www.sharetrails.org
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