Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest Recreational Sport Shooting Project

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland are proposing management of recreational sport shooting (RSS) on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. RSS is a longtime and legitimate activity on the Forests; however, the 1997 Forest Plan does not contain any direction for managing these activities. Colorado's population is growing rapidly and more than 80 percent of this population growth is occurring along the Front Range. 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. The Forests partnered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Clear Creek County, Gilpin County, Boulder County and Larimer County to develop a landscape-level, multi-jurisdictional strategy to provide safe, responsible, and accessible RSS opportunities while addressing conflicts near residential areas and with other forest visitors across the northern Colorado Front Range. This project will not affect lawful hunting with firearms in areas where it is currently allowed.
The Environmental Assessment, Draft and Final Decision Notices, and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available below. For the Environmental Assessment and supporting documents, please click the "Analysis" button below. For the Decision Notice and FONSI, please click the "Decision" button below. In addition, there is an interactive map viewer of the draft decision map of areas identified as unsuitable for recreational sport shooting. It can be viewed here.

Location Summary

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Districts: Boulder Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Clear Creek Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District

Project Documents

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