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The Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office has continued a prohibition of target shooting on about 900 acres of public land on the Lake Mountains in west Utah County.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office has prohibited target shooting on about 900 acres of public land on the Lake Mountains in west Utah County.

The temporary closure affects the same lands included in the December 2012 closure, which expires this year. The new closure continues to protect the public, local residents, recreationists, and passing motorists on the lower slopes of the Lake Mountains from errant gunfire. It also provides the BLM with the time needed to complete a land-use plan amendment.

“The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. However, multiple-use does not mean every use on every acre,” said Salt Lake Field Office manager Bekee Hotze.

Public access will continue on specific routes, and the closure will be patrolled regularly. A map of the affected area is available at blm.gov.

Anyone violating the closure may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both. Violators may also be subject to additional fines.

The area remains open to motor vehicle use and other forms of recreation such as hiking, biking and sightseeing. Lake Mountain also remains open to hunting during legally established hunting seasons. The public is reminded that all motor vehicles must remain on existing routes.