Tucson, AZ (February 20, 2013) – As the Coronado National Forest continues working in Redington Pass, located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District east of Tucson, boundaries of areas temporarily closed have been modified to provide a safety buffer personnel working in the area.
Three dispersed shooting sites between mile markers 5.9 and 6.5 on Redington Road (also known as Forest Road 371) were temporarily close January 14, 2013 to enable contractors and Forest personnel to remove shooting debris is and conduct a risk assessment. Closure area boundaries have been adjusted to between mile markers 5.0 and 7.0 to allow Forest personnel and contractors to safely complete their work. Informational signs will be posted at the new information kiosk between mile markers 3 and 4, the Upper Tanque Verde Falls Trailhead between mile markers 4 and 5, and in an area by corrals between mile markers 6 and 7, which will provide visitors safe places to park and read the signs.
Forest and contract personnel are in the process of removing litter and assessing potential risks in the popular recreational shooting areas adjacent to Redington Road. The risk assessment will aid in determination of further actions which may be needed for visitor safety and enjoyment and natural resource protection.
Forest personnel have begun working with a number of stakeholders to develop a Redington Pass Area Management Plan. The plan will guide future management of the area and is intended to increase visitor safety, enhance multiple uses and recreational experiences, and minimize user conflicts. Multiple uses in the area include hiking, mountain biking, hunting, grazing, wildlife watching, off highway vehicle use, recreational shooting, picnicking, camping, plant identification, and nature study.
The Coronado has partnered with volunteers in the past on projects to include trash removal and monitoring of shooting areas. Additional volunteer opportunities will be available following the risk assessment and any risk abatement deemed necessary.