San Pedro Riparian areas reopened for use

Photo Courtesy BLM: Lands within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area that were closed after the 90 Fire have been reopened.

Contributed Article/Courtesy June Lowery/BLM

COCHISE COUNTY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Gila District has rescinded a temporary emergency closure of public lands within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) in Cochise County. The rescission area includes the area north of Highway 90 to Horsethief Wash, east of the administrative road across the river, and the riparian area on approximately 100 acres.

“A recent evaluation of the area determined that post-fire conditions have stabilized and no longer present a danger to persons using the area trails, and the restrictions are no longer necessary,” said Tucson Field Manager Jayme Lopez.

The 90 Fire was reported on Sunday, July 12, on the north side of Highway 90, near the entrance to the SPRNCA. The fire burned 216 acres.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of the sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In the fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals

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