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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan 6, 2021 – The Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Forest and Grassland Supervisor released the Integrated Management of Target Shooting on the Pike National Forest project for public comment on January 6, 2021.

The Integrated Management of Target Shooting project addresses the need to provide opportunities for target shooting on National Forest System lands, to identify areas unsuitable for dispersed target shooting, to identify locations to be developed as shooting ranges, and to establish a conditions-based adaptive management framework to manage target shooting in the future.

Dispersed target shooting — where forest visitors set up targets and practice shooting in an undesignated, undeveloped location — is a legal use of National Forest System lands increasing in popularity over the past decade.

“Unfortunately, the number of forest visitors who shoot in an unsafe manner has increased,” said Diana Trujillo, forest and grassland supervisor. “As a consequence, this activity is resulting in increasing levels of resource damage, trash generation, shooting-related wildfires, and negatively impacting the safety and recreational experience of other Forest users and neighbors.”

The PSICC is part of the Southern Shooting Partnership, a group of 11 federal and state agencies, county governments, and utility providers working to address issues related to recreational sport shooting on public lands. This project builds on recent activities of the partnership and is supported by a grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In 2019, the partnership surveyed public land users and recreational shooters, and held public listening sessions in four counties. The Integrated Management of Target Shooting proposed project incorporates public input gathered through these partnership activities.

This announcement opens a 45-day public comment period for the Integrated Management of Target Shooting project. The detailed proposed action and associated maps, as well as instructions for submitting comments, are available on the project website. Comments are due no later than February 22, 2021.

All Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands offices are conducting business by providing virtual services. For information specific to the project, please contact Jennifer DeWoody, NEPA Planner, Pike National Forest, at 719-477-4216 or via email at jennifer.dewoody@usda.gov.


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NFSR 390 in Leadville Opens

Debris in the creek channel caused steep stream bank erosion that has compromised NFSR 390.

In 2019, just west of the forest boundary where Lake County Road 390 turns into National Forest Service Road 390, Pike and San Isabel National Forest Cimarron and Comanche National Grassland Leadville District personnel noticed that snow melting from the surrounding mountains contributed to high water flowing through the creek channel had washed avalanche debris into a bend in Clear Creek. The debris greatly diverted the traditional channel of the creek forcing water to erode the embankment that supports NFSR 390.

Flood Damage Restriction for San Carlos

Major flooding further washed out the road and trail above Sulphur Springs. Because of the damage, forest visitors will not be able to access the Spring Creek burn area on National Forest Land as it is nearly impossible to pass through the flood damaged area.