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The Bureau of Land Management has approved a special recreation permit for the National Speleological Society to lead tours to three BLM-managed caves in Garfield and Eagle counties during the group’s annual convention in Glenwood Springs, July 16-24.

The decision limits the group to 10-12 visits per cave, with no more than five people per visit. Groups must follow the latest protocols for decontaminating gear to reduce the risk of spreading White-nose Syndrome fungus, which is deadly to bats, into Colorado.

The caves approved for tours have either no use or very limited use by bats.

The NSS submitted an application for the organized tours of the three caves earlier this year. Caves managed by BLM Colorado are currently open to public use, but organized tours require a special recreation permit.

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BLM is considering targeted public closures of some caves and expects to issue a decision later this month.

Additional information is available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html, at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office on 2300 River Frontage Road in Silt, or by calling (970) 876-9000.

White-nose Syndrome has killed more than a million bats in northeast and mid-Atlantic states during the past four years. The fungus has not been discovered in Colorado, but experts fear its introduction here could have similar consequences.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Resurfacing on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is expected to be finished as of today, with some striping work to be completed after the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A CDOT announcement on Tuesday said the repaving project, which began in mid-April, is largely complete. Lanes in both directions reportedly were open to traffic on Tuesday.

Traffic patterns in the canyon were projected to return to normal by Thursday, in time for the holiday weekend.

Striping of the new concrete pavement in both directions will start after 9 p.m. on the night of July 4 and finishing by 6 a.m. on July 5, CDOT said.

In other canyon-related news, CDOT crews will be conducting rock-scaling work above the Hanging Lake Rest Area starting July 5, resulting in closure of the rest area from July 5-8.

In addition, the canyon bike trail, which was heavily damaged by high water this spring, will be closed until repairs are possible once the water level drops.


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