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SILT, Colorado – Annual winter closures to motorized vehicles will go into effect Dec. 1 on certain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River Valley Field Office to protect critical big game winter range and prevent road damage.

These seasonal gate closures occur annually from Dec. 1 to April 30 at several points in the Castle Peak area in Eagle County, East Elk Creek in Garfield County, and on Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County.

The lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will also be closed to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.

All of the areas continue to be open to non-motorized recreation opportunities such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett.

BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds in Eagle County are closed for the winter and will reopen this spring when conditions allow.

For additional information or to report violations in these areas, call the BLM field office in Silt at 876-9000.

DE BEQUE, Colorado – A Grand Junction man died early Sunday morning when the vehicle he was driving rolled of I-70 near De Beque, according to a report issued by Colorado State Patrol Trooper John Williams.

The 29-year-old man was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on I-70 near milepost 67 at 12:05 a.m. when he lost control and drove off the left side of the road. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top in the center median.

The driver, whose name is being held pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead on scene.

Alcohol is being considered as a potential contributing factor to the crash. It appears the driver was wearing his seat belt, and he was the only occupant. The weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the crash.

SILT, Colorado – Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands are available in Silt at the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road.

Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Permits are for pinon pine or juniper trees.

Christmas tree cutting is permitted on most BLM lands within the Colorado River Valley Field Office except for wilderness study areas, Deep Creek along Coffee Pot Road, Thompson Creek Natural Area, and Garfield Creek south of New Castle. A map of these areas is available with the cutting permit.

For information, call 876-9008.

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on national forest lands are available at Forest Service offices in Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. For more information on national forest permits, call 945-2521.

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