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Mt Herman Area – USFS Recreational Shooting Restrictions


Order 2018-07 PSICC Recreational Shooting Restrictions

Pursuant to Title16, United States Code, Section 551, 36 C.F.R., Section 261.50(a), the following act is prohibited on National Forest System lands within the following areas of South Platte, South Park and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts of the Pike National Forest, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park and Teller Counties, State of Colorado, hereinafter referred to as the Restricted Areas. The Restricted Areas are depicted and shown on the attached maps hereby incorporated into this Order as Exhibits A, B and C. The Restricted Areas are further described in the attached tables, also hereby incorporated into this Order as Tables A, B and C.
This purpose of this Order is to protect natural resources and provide for public health and safety.

Order 2018-07

Order 2018-07 Exhibits

Order 2018-07 Tables


Refer to for further details, though this covers all the information.

Monthly Work Session

FOMP needs you for this work session!

Tuesday May 14 at 6:00 PM
FOMP is pleased to be holding a volunteer trail work and tree trimming/seedling release work session!

We will be working on the newly cut fireline area to release small pine seedlings. This involves cutting back scrub oak growth and removing any remaining root balls that are sticking up that could injure people, horses, or bikes.

We will also hold our monthly BOD meeting in the parking lot prior to the start of activities. We will cover new oil and gas drilling information, shooting on Mt. herman Rd., and budget.

FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should bring leather gloves, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area. In the event that you are joining us late we try to leave a note at the trail head parking lot or you can call Jon Nordby (719.640.1347) or Chris Tirpak (719.439.8865) to find out where in the Preserve we are working that evening.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.
Meet at the main trailhead parking lot at 6:00PM! (map:

Hunting In The Monument Preserve

As the area around the Preserve has grown over the last 20 years we have seen increased reports of hunters on the Preserve every fall hunting season. This season is no different although we are hearing about this more frequently.

Recently we have had reports of both bow & arrow as well as rifle hunters in full camouflage near the main parking lots.

According to the Division of Wildlife and the USFS hunting is allowed all throughout the Preserve except for the 35 acre administrative Hot Shot area.  Target shooting is not allowed.

Many member of the Friends of Monument Preserve are pro-hunting and hunters themselves; however, we are all in agreement that the Preserve is an inappropriate place to hunt – much of the “Urban Interface” has too much human traffic and really should not be hunted for safety reasons, yet some hunters do not feel the same as we do (at least 1 BOD member pulls licenses for Elk and Deer every year themselves).

We have also received the following report this week:

“Yesterday morning, I found a cleaned doe dumped in the scrub oak at the main trail head (in the scrub oak right where the two parking lots join).  Full neck and head, cleaned rib cage, legs with flesh on them, and cleaned skin.  A mountain biker who is a veterinarian confirmed that the animal had been recently killed because the tissue was still fresh.  There were no entrails.”

The BOD finds this unacceptable from any hunter or any other Preserve user. Dumping trash of any kind (including shoveling horse manure from trailers) is illegal. Take your trash with you, clean your horse trailers at home, and pick up after yourself if you hunt.

The FOMP BOD has repeatedly brought the issue of hunting in the Preserve up with USFS management and we will again at our next opportunity.

Any unsafe, or potentially illegal issues: such as shots towards houses, over roads, over occupied trails, poaching, etc.  needs to be reported to the DOW (DOW Website Contact page) , local law enforcement (El Paso County Sheriff — 719.520.7333), and Tom Healy (USFS’ sole law enforcement office for the district — 719.477.4204) ASAP.  This includes the Preserve itself and any surrounding areas such as Mt. Herman Road.

Thanks and please be careful out there!