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Get involved in the environmental assessment of Barry County’s shooting range development

Get involved in the environmental assessment of Barry County’s shooting range development

Dec. 27, 2021

In cooperation with the U.S., the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has prepared a draft environmental assessment. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting public comments on a draft environmental evaluation for the proposed shooting range by the DNR in Barry County. The draft environmental assessment evaluates the options considered for developing a shooting range and their effects on area natural resources. Public comments will be accepted for a period of 30 days, which ends Jan. 27,

The DNR asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has requested that a modification be made to a grant for statewide shooting ranges to allow the construction of an outdoor shooting area in Barry County. 

The proposed shooting range project is located along the south side Chief Noonday Road in Rutland County. 

DNR will be able to close a popular and unofficial target-shooting location that is not appropriate for public use by developing a new public shooting range. The range will comply with or exceed Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility standards, allow hunters to increase firearm proficiency, safety, and allow recreational shooters the chance to practice their sport in an area that is safe and accommodating.

The proposed project will create:

  • An access drive, parking, and accessible paths that connect all range facilities.
  • Shooting structures to ensure safety, sound abatement, and weather protection
  • Side berms, ricochet baffles and downrange berms are available. You can also use earthwork to manage surface water.
  • Signage for educational or interpretive purposes

The purpose of an environmental assessment document is to assess the feasibility and potential environmental consequences associated each alternative under consideration. The National Environmental Policy Act applies to all federal agencies. This assessment was prepared in compliance. The DNR suggested that this project be funded through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. This Act is administered by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The draft environmental assessment (dated Dec. 17, 2021) is available online at Michigan.gov/ShootingRanges under “Important shooting range updates.”

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Lori Burford (DNR shooting range specialist) can provide additional information regarding funding and design. She can be reached at 989 600-9114. Written comments or questions may be sent to Burford via email at BurfordL@Michigan.gov. You must submit your comments no later than Jan. 27.

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