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TEMPORARY CLOSURES AT LAKE MEAD APRIL 9-10

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Date: April 9, 2014

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior 

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release:  April 9, 2014
Release No.: 2014-16
Contact: Christie Vanover, 877-384-6970

TEMPORARY CLOSURES AT LAKE MEAD  APRIL 9-10

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Limited land areas in northern Lake Mead National Recreation Area will be temporarily closed April 9-10. Northshore Road, Echo Bay, Redstone and the lake remain open.

The areas closed include St. Thomas, Overton Beach and Stewarts Point. Property owners at Stewarts Point will be allowed access during the closure and rangers on-site will provide safety information.

For a map of the closure area, visit www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/2014impoundment.htm.

The Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office and the National Park Service are taking steps to resolve a long-standing cattle trespass on federal lands in Southern Nevada. Low flying helicopters and wranglers will be used to herd the cattle. The areas are temporarily closed to ensure the safety of the public, federal employees and contractor personnel.

The intent is to re-open the closed areas before Friday, in order to provide access to the many visitors who come to Logandale for the Clark County Fair and Rodeo.

Once the temporary closure is lifted, access to Overton Beach will be allowed via horseback or by foot, but will remain closed to vehicular access. The NPS regrets any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.

Cattle have been grazing in trespass on public lands in Southern Nevada for more than two decades. The BLM and NPS have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. Impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is an option of last resort. The BLM and NPS are working closely with local, state and federal officials to ensure the gather of unauthorized cattle occurs in a safe and orderly manner.

-NPS-

 

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