Reclamation Closes Construction Area In Ridges Basin To Public Access And Hunting

Media Contact: Ken Beck, (970) 385-6558

For Release: September 25, 2003

On July 3, 2003, Reclamation announced in a Federal Register notice that large sections of the Ridges Basin area have been closed to public access and hunting for the duration of construction of the Animas-La Plata Project. This notice serves as a reminder to the public that all Reclamation lands, located in Game Management Unit 741, are closed for the duration of the 2003 hunting season. Reclamation initiated the closure to ensure safety for the general public and for the site workers involved in the construction of the Animas-La Plata Project.

For further information, please contact Bill Walsh at the Bureau of Reclamation at (970) 385-6554.

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