by Joyce Deming
As many of you know, a fire started on Thursday, May 10, at the Harris Park Shooting Range. Fortunately, the fire was limited to under 25 acres and 100% contained over the weekend.
The potential for a catastrophic forest fire caused by shooters at this Range has long been a concern for many Elk Creek Highlands and Meadows residents. In March of last year, Brian Banks the District Ranger for the South Platte Ranger District, met with ECHPOA to listen to our concerns. He indicated that the Forest Service had neither the money nor the staff to properly manage and patrol this area.
In a recent Fox 31 news story about the Harris Park Shooting Range fire, it was reported that Mr. Banks is working with Park County and other agencies on a plan to transform the shooting area into an official shooting range.
Whether you are in favor of an official shooting range at Harris Park or would like to see the range shut down all together, now is the time to let your opinion be known. Here is contact info for the Forest Service, County Commissioners, Matt Mauro, the Fox 31 news reporter, Lance Hernandez, Denver Channel 7, who covered the Range clean up on March 30, and our state Representatives and Senators.
Brian Banks, District Ranger
South Platte Ranger District
Pike/San Isabel National Forest Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands
19316 Goddard Ranch Ct
Morrison, CO 80465
Erin Connelly, Forest Supervisor
Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
Park County Commissioners:
P.O. Box 1373 Fairplay, CO 80440
Mike Brazell, District 1
Dick Elsner, District 2
Mark Dowaliby, District 3
Matt Mauro, KDVR Fox 31
He covered the Shooting Range Fire
Lance Hernandez, KMGH Denver 7
He covered the Shooting Range cleanup on March 30
State Representative and Senator for our area:
James Wilson – (Republican), House District 60
Kevin Grantham – (Republican), Senate District 2
U.S. House of Representatives for our area:
Jared Polis – (Democrat), Congressional District 2
Senators for the entire state:
Bennet, Michael – (Democrat)
261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Gardner, Cory – (Republican)
354 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510