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  • USFS vs BLM (dealing w/ a National Forest Closure – seeking advice)

     Trent updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • Trent

    Member
    September 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Context: the USFS has decided to shut down all of California’s National Forests through Sept. 17 to err on the side of caution with regards to a very high fire season. Like most, I’m scrambling to adjust my scouting trips prior to the general season opening in October. I had plans to scout the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest of Southern California (unit D-14) when I got the email that the USFS was cancelling all permits for all National Forests in California through 9/17.

    So I busted out my OnX to see what parts of D-14 fall outside of the National Forest area and saw that the BLM governs a significant portion of the east side of the San Gorgonio Wilderness all the way down to where the Whitewater River meets the 10 FWY.

    I’m sure you see my question coming: is it ok for me to access those parts of the San Gorgonio Wilderness that fall within the jurisdiction of the BLM? Hoping someone here has some experience with this. I’ve already posted this in r/Californiahunting, but wanted to see if a more general community might also shed some light on the matter.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

  • eljefedave

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Definitely not a lawyer, but to my knowledge and in my experience, a USFS closure doesn’t impact BLM unless it specifically states such.

  • Meta_Gabbro

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    You should be good to go. The way shared-SMA wildernesses work mean cohesive resource management plans but each SMA is free to place action AP restrictions on their respective portions. In other words, you can visit the BLM-surface portions of the wilderness without violating the order covering the USFS side.

  • playmeortrademe

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    They’re not actually enforcing the forest service closure. Have been hunting on it the past two weekends and the Leo just asked if I had any luck. Did it last year too with no harassment

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