Forest Service Alerts Public to Safety Concerns Due to Unauthorized Activities Along the Border

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Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 30, 2022) – Protecting public welfare and ensuring a high-quality visitor experience are among the Forest Service’s highest priorities. Last month, the State of Arizona initiated an unauthorized project to install numerous shipping containers in the Coronado National Forest which may be creating safety hazards. The State’s project, currently located in the vicinity of Copper Canyon south of National Forest System Road 61 in the Sierra Vista Ranger District, continues to expand, with attendant construction equipment and unauthorized armed security personnel on-site. The Forest Service has informed the State that the presence of the containers is unlawful. Until the situation is resolved, visitors to the Coronado National Forest, including those seeking to recreate, hunt, or collect fuelwood, should refrain from entering the area where the State’s activities are taking place or otherwise exercise caution when traveling to the area.

For questions regarding hunting in this area, contact Arizona Game and Fish Department at 520-628-5376. For questions regarding cross border safety information in this area contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tucson Border Patrol Sector at tca-pao@cbp.dhs.gov. For any additional questions, please contact the Coronado National Forest at Mailroom_R3_Coronado@usda.gov. For the most current updates about the Coronado National Forest, please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoNF and Twitter at https://twitter.com/CoronadoNF.