View Full Version : San Diego public shooting area to be closed!

06-09-2005, 11:05 AM
The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management recently announced that they are planning to close portions of the Cleveland National Forest and adjoining BLM land to public shooting. This announcement comes on the heels of a temporary closure in the area last year.

On Saturday June 11, 2005, USFS and BLM will host an open house from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Oak Grove Community Center. Please attend the open house to let the government officials know that you want public shooting protected. Let them know that if they have to close this area to shooting, you want new opportunities to be created in order to compensate for the loss.

For more information about the closure and a map of the area under discussion visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/recreation/shooting/index.shtml. If you can't attend the meeting this Saturday then contact USFS and BLM and let them know that public shooting opportunities should be a priority.

Janaye Byergo, San Diego
Project Manager
Bureau of Land Management
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: (858) 451-1767

U.S. Forest Service
Chris Nyce, Recreation and Lands Staff Officer
Palomar Ranger District
Cleveland National Forest
1634 Black Canyon Road
Ramona, CA 92065
Phone: (760) 788-0250 ext.3325
Email: cnyce@fs.fed.us

Directions to the open house:

From Interstate Highway 15 go southeast on State Rt. 79, the community center is located on the east side of State Rt. 79, just north of the Oak Grove Fire Station at 37560 Highway 79, Warner Springs.

06-11-2005, 9:48 PM
From the USFS faq:

Q. Why is the area being permanently closed to target shooting?

A. The area is being proposed for permanent closure because of public safety concerns from recreational shooting. There is a danger to the public from bullets that can travel upwards of two miles or more into the surrounding communities.

Due to development of private homes around the shooting area, the shooting area is no longer a safe distance away. Bullets are traveling in all directions for upwards of two miles or more. <span class="ev_code_red">As a result, private homes and property in surrounding communities have been hit with stray and ricocheting bullets.</span> In addition, Highway 79 corridor lies within the bullet trajectory area from the shooting locations.

I have yet to hear anyting about stray bullet strikes in this area. Does anyone in SD county know of any documented cases of this actually occurring?