PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING KEN "VELOCIRAPTOR" HESTER
on his appointment as the "Tread Lightly" representative on the Friends of Redington Pass Board.
Good news though - the Collaborative Area Management Plan documents (CAMP) that we worked so hard on this last year, will be released for general review this fall. Most all of our trails stayed as we enjoy them, however the shooters did not fare as well. (More of a high level administration in DC issue than a local issue).
Collaborative Area Management Plan
After two years of work that began in 2014, the Friends of Redington Pass has completed the Collaborative Area Management Plan (CAMP) recommendations and submitted them to the Santa Catalina Ranger’s District of the Coronado National Forest (CNF) for review and consideration. Below is the Friends Executive Summary of the Report. You can download the full Report and accompanying map. The CAMP recommendations are the result of collaboration across a broad community of users and user groups committed to the stewardship of Redington Pass. Together, they have created a plan that is based upon balanced recreation and CNF policy to establish a foundation for shared stewardship and enjoyment for future generations.
We would like to thank all the members of the CAMP process who committed over a year of their time in meetings, field trips, research, and draft reviews. Most importantly, we have appreciated their willingness to work together to make Redington Pass a more enjoyable and accessible destination for all visitors. Despite their many differences, they built on the shared values that grew out of early community meetings and discussions in 2014. See Camp Values below for a description of those shared values.
We look forward to continuing to build our network of partner groups and organizations and to collaborate with CNF and other federal, state and local agencies in furtherance of the many recommendations developed through the CAMP process. After the District has had a chance to review the CAMP report and consider how to move forward to subsequent public review, we hope to host another community meeting, hopefully in the early fall 2016.
Friends Executive Summary
Friends of Redington Pass convened a Collaborative Area Management Plan (CAMP) process for Redington Pass in 2014. That process brought together a diverse array of people who appreciate the Pass and want to assure it continues to provide multiple beneficial recreational opportunities while maintaining its unique back country environment. A broad range of user groups including hikers and mountain bikers, high clearance highway vehicles and all terrain vehicle riders and motor cyclists, conservationists, horseback riders, hunters and recreational target shooters, the area ranching permittee, and neighborhood associations and adjacent landowners came together to work on four major issue areas that were identified through extensive community scoping: recreational access, recreational target shooting, high use areas, and conflicts among users.
The CAMP recommendations are the result of over a year of study, deliberation, negotiation and consensus building by the CAMP working groups. A synthesis of these recommendations has been organized into five areas:
• Recreational Activities by Location (Western Slope, Central Plateau, Eastern Section);
• Services and Facilities;
• Orientation and Education; and
• Monitoring Conditions.
Chief among the recommendations are: the strategy to enhance hiking and mountain biking opportunities along the Western Slope accessible to those with low-clearance vehicles; an adaptive management plan for both designated target shooting areas and dispersed shooting primarily in the Central Plateau of the Pass; maintenance of existing forest service roads and study of some additional connector loops; and improvements for parking, staging areas, signage and other needed services and infrastructure. Where possible, these recommendations come with suggestions for partnering and funding opportunities to assist the Forest Service in carrying out these recommendations.
The full report and its attachments have been conveyed to the Santa Catalina Ranger’s District of the Coronado National Forest for review and consideration.
What People Appreciate about Redington Pass
Its Rural Backcountry Landscape
reveals an open desert mountain pass with scenic panoramas, broad plateaus, and diverse undeveloped landscape features.
Its Crossroads Location
links two watersheds east to west and two mountain ranges north to south, providing habitat for diverse plants and animals and multiple access points and corridors for wildlife movement and human recreation.
Its Lasting Quality
offers visible reminders of the natural and human history of the Southwest still preserved as public lands in an unfragmented landscape.
Its Open Accessibility
makes multiple outdoor recreational opportunities freely available to enjoy by many people in close proximity to Tucson.
Its Road and Trail Network
attracts a highly diverse range of motorized and non-motorized uses as well as access to more distant backcountry destinations.
Its Rugged Outback Nature
creates opportunities for independent recreational adventures shared with others or experienced on one’s own.
It's Our Pass shared with thousands of people over the decades who hold memories and personal connections to their experiences in Redington Pass.