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Apr 6, 2013 8:15 PM by Erika Flores

"Meet and Greet" at Redington Pass

TUCSON- When you think of Redington Pass, you might picture beautiful scenic views or bullet shells and casings.

It's a popular spot for recreational shooting, target practice and off-highway vehicle riding.

Now, a non-profit group is teaming up with the Coronado National Forest to improve the area with "Meet and Greets."

One of the things they're working on is making sure all off-highway vehicles are in compliance.

These vehicles require license plates, an OHV decal and - most importantly - a helmet for those under 18 years of age.

"If you have an accident up here, you're in a jam because you're probably not in an accessible area," said Mark Hart with Game and Fish. "There's a lot going on out here. At any given day, 500 cars may run up and down this road."

It gives these departments the chance to get to know those who frequent Redington Pass, and make sure they are up to speed on OHV regulations, hiking information and recreational shooting activities.

Evan Pilling said there have been issues with shooting too close to the roads in the past.

"I think one of the biggest problems has been how to deal with that both from an environmental perspective, of them leaving trash and bullet casings, and also [from a] safety issue," said Pilling with Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists.

A proposed shooting range is being considered to help regulate recreational shooting but the group, Friends of Redington Pass hopes "Meet and Greets" like this one can also help spark conversation.

"Multiple riders on a single-person vehicle is a major issue. It's very very dangerous," said Marge Dwyer with the AZOHV Ambassador Program.

They hope to recruit volunteers to help police the dangers.

The department is looking for off-highway vehicle ambassadors, if you'd like to volunteer, click on the link below:

http://azstateparks.com/ohv/ambassadors.html

The "Meet and Greet" will continue Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at Mile Marker Four.

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