[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 148 (Tuesday, August 3, 2010)]
[Pages 45661-45662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-19049]



Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Permanent Closure on Public Lands in Ada County, ID

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of permanent closure.


SUMMARY: On April 12, 2010, Higby Cave and all public lands within 
1,000 feet of the entrance were permanently closed to vehicle access 
and public use at all times, due to changes in the cave's structural 
integrity and related potential hazards. The cave entrance has been 
gated and access limited to BLM-permitted and administrative 
activities. Exempt from this order are BLM employees, authorized 
permittees, and other Federal, State and County employees while on 
official business of their respective agencies, including associated 
vehicle use for administrative and emergency purposes.

DATES: This closure of public land became effective on April 12, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarod Fluckiger, Outdoor Recreation 
Planner, Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation 
Area at the Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, 
Idaho 83705, via e-mail at [email protected], or phone (208) 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Higby Cave lies in the S\1/2\NW\1/4\ NW\1/4\ 
and N\1/2\SW\1/4\ NW\1/4\ of Section 32, T.1 S., R.3 E., Boise 
Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, in an area containing approximately 72 
acres. This closure is intended to provide for public safety and 
protect public land and resources from further degradation. The cave 
entrance has been enclosed with a bat-friendly gate, and vehicle access 
to the area around the cave is now blocked by the placement of large 
rocks at the closure perimeter. Signs have also been posted at routes 
leading into the area.
    The decision to close Higby Cave was analyzed in the Snake River 
Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) Proposed Resource 
Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (2008), and in the 

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Assessment (2010) to implement the decision.
    This closure is established and administered by the BLM under the 
authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)) and complies with 43 CFR 8364.1 
(Closure and Restriction Orders). In accordance with 43 CFR 8360.0-7, 
violation of this order is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 
and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months. Violators may also be 
subject to the enhanced fines provided for in 18 U.S.C. 3571.
    Definitions: (a) ``Public lands'' means any lands or interests in 
lands owned by the United States and administered by the Secretary of 
the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management; (b) 
``Administrative purposes'' means any use by an employee or designated 
representative of the Federal government or one of its agents or 
contractors in the course of their employment or representation; and 
(c) ``Emergency purposes'' means actions related to fire, rescue or law 
enforcement activities.

Terry Humphrey,
Four Rivers Field Manager.
[FR Doc. 2010-19049 Filed 8-2-10; 8:45 am]