Redington Pass Shooting Closure Extended, One Area Reopens
Release Date: Dec 6, 2016
Tucson, AZ, December 6, 2016 - For Immediate Release. The Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, has modified and extended the existing closure to recreational shooting adjacent to a segment of East Redington Road (Forest Road 371). According to the closure, shooting will be prohibited within 0.6 miles on either side of the road from the western boundary of the Forest to mile marker 6.3. The previous closure prohibited recreational shooting from mile marker 5 to mile marker 7.
The closure was put in place in January, 2013 to enable contractors and Forest personnel to conduct a risk assessment of the area and remove shooting debris. Extending the closure to shooting will allow the area to continue to recover, improving vegetative growth, forage and cover for wildlife.
Prohibitions regarding recreational shooting in the closed area are as follows:
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, paint ball gun, or gas gun between the western boundary of the Coronado National Forest and mile marker 6.3 along Forest Road 371, also known as E. Redington Rd, or within 0.6 miles of that segment of the road.
- Parking a motorized vehicle between mile markers 5.8 and 6.3 along Forest Road 371, also known as E. Redington Rd
Violation of the prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals and $10,000.00 for organizations, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Exemptions to the closure include persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act, and any person possessing a valid Arizona hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game. Also included are any federal, state, local officers or members of an organized rescue or firefighting force performing an official duty.
The closure will remain in effect until September 30, 2018, or until rescinded. During that time, the District will work with the Friends of Redington Pass, the recreational shooting community, and other stakeholders to monitor impacts to the area now re-opened to shooting.
Alternative locations on the Santa Catalina Ranger District provide opportunities for safe and responsible recreational shooting. Public shooting ranges are also available to recreational shooters in the greater Tucson area.
On the Forest, regulations codified at 36 CFR 261.10(d) generally prohibit discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property, including archery equipment, within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area, or across or on a National Forest System road, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result in such discharge.
Visitors to Redington Pass are reminded to demonstrate Leave No Trace land ethics by modeling appropriate behavior and maintaining orderly areas in which they enjoy the outdoors. Recreational shooters are encouraged to practice responsible shooting by shooting only at legitimate targets, and by packing out all target trash including shotgun shells, fragmented clay pigeons and used targets. Household appliances or other objects should not be shot or discarded in shooting areas. Shooters may capitalize on opportunities to assist the community and the National Forest by carrying trash bags in their vehicles and picking up litter and target trash left behind by others.
For more information, please contact the Santa Catalina Ranger District located at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. The office can be reached by calling (520) 749-8700. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.