. . . Under the old interpretation, the USFS, particularly in Coloradoâ€™s Boulder Ranger District, had been preventing the public from recreational shooting within 150 yards of any road on the presumption that a road is an â€œoccupied areaâ€ under the language of Federal Regulation 36 CFR 261.10. But the memorandum, issued by Joel Holtrop, deputy chief of the National Forest System, clarifies the regulation.
â€œRoads are not inherently considered occupied areas under 261.10(d)(1),â€ the memorandum notes. However, there remains a prohibition against shooting across or along a forest road, or any body of water adjacent to a road. The Aug. 29 memorandum was sent to all regional foresters, station directors, and other personnel including USFS law enforcement supervisors. . . .