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Forest Service Plan Needs Crucial Input From Sportsmen

Friday, February 9, 2007

The Pike and San Isabel National Forests in Colorado are developing a management plan to shape the kinds of uses allowed in these Forests for the next 15 years.  Public meetings are scheduled in February to give the public an opportunity to state how they want the Forests to be managed.  The last time the management plan was updated was in 1984, so it is likely that the new plan will incorporate some significant changes.  It is vital that sportsmen and women participate in the process to ensure access and opportunities for hunting and recreational shooting.

In its announcement, the Forest Service said that the principal issues will be recreation, ranching, oil and gas development, logging, forest thinning, and off-road vehicle use.  The meetings will be from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the following locations:

February 14 - Westcliffe, C0; 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Rancher's Roost Cafe and Bowling  Alley, 5 Main Street

February 15 - Pueblo, CO; 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; El Pueblo Museum, 301 North Union Avenue

February 22 - Fairplay, CO; 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Alma Town Hall, 59 E. Buckskin Road

For more information, please visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/

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