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Forest Service seeks comments on sport shooting management

Staff Report

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is seeking public input on a proposal to include Forest Plan management direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Grand and other counties where forest lands are located

Currently, the 1997 Forest Plan does not provide specific direction on how recreational sport shooting should be managed.

“Due to increasing residential development, housing density, public use, increased public participation in recreational sport shooting and associated health and safety issues, the U.S. Forest Service is considering amending the Forest Plan to include direction for managing recreational sport shooting,” according to a statement released by the agency.

The statement says management direction may include:

• Developing Forest Plan goals, objectives or desired conditions for recreational sport shooting;

• Identifying areas that are appropriate for dispersed recreational sport shooting;

• Identifying areas suitable as designated shooting areas; and

* Identifying areas where recreational sport shooting would be prohibited for health and safety reasons.

Proposed management direction does not include any change in management for lawful hunting activities.

Public comments will help shape the Forest Service’s proposal and identify issues and concerns during environmental review. While comments are welcome at any time, they will be most helpful if received by June 3.

Comments can be submitted in writing or electronically at comments-rm-arapaho-roosevelt@fs.fed.us. Information about this project and how to comment can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/recshootingmgt .

For more information about recreational sport shooting visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/targetshooting.


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