BLM to host ‘listening sesson’ over target shooting concerns

In response to general interest in the current and future management of target shooting on public lands around Grand Junction, the Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public listening session 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Courtyard Marriot, 755 Horizon Dr. in Grand Junction.

“Many people enjoy target shooting on the public lands managed by the Grand Junction Field Office,” said Assistant Field Manager Michelle Bailey. “At the same time, we’ve also been hearing questions from others concerned about safety near some of our high-use and developed recreation sites. This meeting will provide a good opportunity for anyone interested in how BLM manages recreational target shooting to learn more and discuss issues and concerns.”

The session will begin with a brief presentation from BLM, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to BLM staff.

BLM spokesman Chris Joyner said the issue recently was discussed at a meeting of the BLM’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, a citizen advisory group to the BLM’s Northwest Colorado District.

The interest among RAC members was enough to convince the Field Office to hold a follow-up session to gather ideas and information from a broader group of stakeholders interested in target shooting activities.

The Grand Junction Field Office manages two developed shooting ranges near 27 ¼ Road north of Grand Junction Regional Airport along with more than 1 million additional acres available for dispersed target shooting.

Joyner said information gathered at Monday’s meeting will aid in future management approaches as the Grand Junction Field Office continues to work toward an update of its Resource Management Plan, which was last updated in 1987.

More meetings are anticipated over the next several months to help prepare the public prepare for reviewing the RMP on its release for public review and comment.

For more information, contact Chris Joyner, public affairs specialist for the Grand Junction Field office, at 244-3097.


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