Croatan National Forest Hosting Public Meeting to Discuss Target Shooting

Contact(s): Matt McCombs, 828-257-4215

New BERN, N.C., July 24, 2015 - U.S. Forest Service officials announced today that the Croatan National Forest will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the recent closure order, which became effective July 13, 2015, that temporarily prohibits target shooting on the Croatan National Forest due to public safety concerns.

What: Croatan National Forest Public Meeting

When: July 29, 2015

6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Where: Croatan Ranger Station

141 East Fisher Ave

New Bern, N.C.

Over the past year, the Forest Service has responded to hundreds of complaints from citizens and responded to dozens of incidents involving target shooting on the Croatan. Additionally, natural resource damage from the targeting of trees and other vegetation has increased significantly across the forest.  In response, a temporary closure order was signed halting target shooting on the forest for 120 days.     

During the temporary closure period, the Forest Service is soliciting feedback from community members on the temporary closure order and is asking for ideas on how to address the safety issues associated with target shooting, long-term, in order to preserve the popular recreation activity for future visitors to the Croatan.  Interested citizens who cannot attend the public meeting can send comments to: or contact the Croatan Ranger District office at (252) 638-5628.