All links now fixed, additional explanations about the maps included below
Apologies for human error in previous link postings
On Oct. 23 a message was sent announcing four open houses to present alternative maps as part of the Forest Service Recreational Sport Shooting Management Plan.
The Partnership would like to take this opportunity to share the maps showing alternative management strategies and ask for feedback from the public before the environmental analysis is finalized. These alternatives were developed collaboratively using Forest Service staff, expertise from the Partnership, and public input during the 2015 scoping period. (Please see bottom of the email for more project background.)
Proposed closures would not apply to lawful hunting activities on National Forest System lands. In addition, proposed closures would likely not take effect until developed shooting ranges were constructed in the vicinity (depicted as “zone of closure” on the maps).
These maps are now available online for viewing and commenting.
Please fill out a comment form about the alternative maps and consider attending an open house near you.
Recreational sport shooting (RSS) is a longstanding and legitimate use of National Forest System lands. In recent years Colorado’s population has been increasing annually by more than 100,000 with 80% of this growth occurring along the Front Range. As population has increased, so have the number of people who live near and use the National Forests. The mixing of RSS activities on National Forest System lands in close proximity to residences and other high use public areas is causing safety concerns. Since 2013, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland has been working with partners including Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Larimer counties, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (collectively the Northern Front Range Sport Shooting Management Partnership) to develop possible management strategies for this activity on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. This includes not only identifying areas of the Forests that may or may not be suitable for recreational sport shooting, but also identifying locations that would be conducive to building developed shooting ranges open to the public on public lands.