than fifty people were in attendance at the third community meeting
hosted by Friends of Redington Pass (FRP). At the meeting FRP
presented an overview of its Collaborative Area Management Plan
(CAMP) recommendations, answered questions, solicited feedback,
and encouraged volunteers to help work on Plan implementation.
Table discussions covered such topics as motorized recreation,
hiking and mountain biking and horse trails, recreational target
shooting, safety and enforcement, site improvements and signage.
FRP's CAMP was well received by the USFS, Coronado National Forest
(CNF). Santa Catalina District Ranger Ken Born congratulated FRP
on the CAMP and confirmed his commitment to working in partnership
with FRP on specific Plan priorities in the coming months. He
introduced Adam Milnor, on loan from the National Park Service,
who will provide FRP and the CNF district with technical assistance
in implementing several of the Plan recommendations. The district
will also be working with AZ Game and Fish, the Pima County Sheriff's
Dept., and Saguaro National Park to improve law enforcement on
Another immediate consequence of the CAMP recommendations is the
district’s new closure
order regarding recreational target shooting on the Pass.
Consistent with the adaptive management approach recommended by
the CAMP, CNF has reopened the easternmost shooting area, while
closing the western slope from the forest boundary along Redington
Road to Mile Marker 6.3 at the re-opened shooting area. Recreational
target shooting is now prohibited within .6 miles of Redington
Pass along this stretch of Rt. 371.
addition, a signage initiative recommended in the CAMP is off
and running, as we start inventorying damaged or missing signs
and develop a strategy with the district to redesign and/or replace
signs along the Pass. We are hoping to remind visitors that the
Pass is a special place and the Forest Service and the Friends
of Redington Pass are reaching out to everyone to help keep it
clean and safe.
want to thank the Real Life Church on Houghton Road for providing
the meeting venue. And a special thanks to the facilitators who
helped manage and record the table discussions.
here for the
CAMP Spring 2016 Update,
links to the
full CAMP Report & accompanying map.
1,200 lbs Picked Up by
volunteers picked up 1,200 lbs of trash during the cleanup event
sponsored by FRP and Tread Lightly! on November 19, 2016. Stewardship
of our public lands is everyone's responsibility. A big thank
you to all of our volunteers, agency and commercial sponsors who
helped preserve the natural beauty of Redington Pass, including:
Lightly!, USFS: Coronado National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish
Department, Tucson National Park Service , REI, Summit Hut, 4
Tucson RideNow Powersports, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Southern Arizona
Hiking Club, Trail Riders of Southern Arizona, and
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National Forest's Closure Order / Shooting Map for Redington Pass
The updated closure order and shooting map can be found here
on the Alerts & Notices page of the Coronado National Forset