The U.S. Forest Service has issued a shooting ban for the Old Nederland Dump Site, as of December 19, 2012. The closure is a temporary one for one year, giving the comprehensive task force group from the forest service and several counties time to try and come up with a comprehensive plan about where shooting should and should not be allowed.
The ban prohibits “discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun in the Restricted Area.” Certain exemptions apply:
- Persons with a USDA Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
- Any Federal, State or local officer or member of any organized rescue or firefighting force engaged in the performance of an official duty.
- Any person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.
- Any person using a paintball gun.
The order will remain in effect until rescinded.
The entire text of the order is below, along with a map of the Restricted Area.
Nederland Shooting Order 2012.12.19 (16.9 KiB, 375 hits)
Nederland Shooting Closure Map (3.3 MiB, 822 hits)
The official press release:
U.S. Forest Service extends, expands temporary shooting closure
Boulder, Colo. (Dec. 20, 2012) – The U.S. Forest Service has extended a recreational shooting closure for the Allenspark dumpsite and ordered a new temporary recreational shooting closure for an area south of Nederland.
These actions serve as an interim measure while U.S. Forest Service officials and other local land managers across Larimer, Boulder, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties work toward a more sustainable, long-term solution.
In April 2010, a closure to recreational shooting was put in place at the Allenspark dumpsite so public health and safety could be analyzed through an environmental assessment. The closure, previously scheduled to end this year, has been extended until forest officials take action to rescind it. A decision on the Allenspark dumpsite is expected by October 2013.
The new temporary closure south of Nederland, Colo. is effective Dec. 20, 2012, until rescinded and restricts recreational shooting activities (hunting and paintball excluded) on approximately 1,040 acres of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. (See attached map for details.)
District Ranger Sylvia Clark said, “I am glad we are moving forward with a landscape-level approach. Having input and ideas from counties and other parties involved will be critical to creating more sustainable and long-term solutions.”