TONTO FOREST
TONTO FOREST

It's only one piece of America's extensive system of National Forests, but Tonto is being watched closely as the "proper authorities" take steps to outlaw the use of arms -- or even access -- on public lands by the public, who are its rightful owners.



Links to official Tonto Closure Maps (8/23/01)
This link takes you to the National Forest Service maps of new firearms-restricted areas in the Tonto National Forest.



Forest Closures Planned and Executed (8/8/01)
An anonymous Associated Press story, produced and timed for release by federal bureaucrats running the Arizona Tonto National Forest, will appear in many of tomorrow's newspapers nationwide, announcing the closure of 80,000 acres of the forest to outdoor marksmanship. The areas to be closed, adjacent to the Phoenix metro area, have been in continuous use for decades, without incident, by citizens conducting traditional firearms practice.



The Real Tonto Closure Problems (8/3/01)
Why, really, are the authorities closing the accessible areas of Tonto National Forest to marksmanship? The answers are ugly, and the mainstream media doesn't want to deal with it, preferring instead the "safety" pablum officially circulated. You should ignore of course the fact that no fatality from outdoor marksmanship is known, and that 54 dead bodies were removed from Tonto last year (fairly typical according to officials) related to crimes and non-gun accidents, and of course unreported anywhere (except here). The real reasons for closures -- read about it here -- concern sex, a corrupted judiciary, law enforcement failures, and the bureaucratic mindset, but what else is new.


Will Our Employees Close Our Forests? (7/25/01)
The federal bureaucrats running the Tonto National Forest (2.9 million acres of public land basically north of Phoenix) are talking about closing sections to public access. There reasons have caused serious concerns among people who use the land. Here's the inside scoop, with newest items listed first.


Tonto National Forest Unified Proposal (6/6/01)
Regarding: Preservation of Free-Range Marksmanship, Outdoor Target Practice and Recreational Shooting Sports on the Tonto and Other Arizona National Forest Public Lands. This proposal reflects a general consensus of hundreds of concerned Arizonans who have reviewed its contents, and the state rifle association which has endorsed it. These are reasonable, common-sense plans for keeping the forest open to the public, but which the authorities seem intent on ignoring. Packed with good ideas for RKBA and use of public lands.

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