Volunteers important to National Public Lands Day cleanup

The key role volunteers play in the protection of lands will be emphasized Saturday during the 2013 National Public Lands Day.

Volunteers, together with the Bureau of Land Management, will mark the day by cleaning trash and debris from a popular target shooting range at the end of 27 1/4 Road.

Mesa County and the Bureau of Land Management earlier this year were awarded a $20,000 grant through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Shooting Range Development Grant Program to enhance facilities at the range.

Improvements will include maintaining and repairing shooting berms and targets, constructing chronograph pads, repairing the shade shelter roof, resurfacing the parking area, and fencing the perimeter of the parking area and range.

The work, a joint effort between Mesa County and the BLM, was scheduled for an August completion but rains delayed the work. The project is now slated to end on Oct. 3.

The shooting range may be closed at times to accommodate work crews. Closures typically will occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but the range is subject to being closed anytime through Oct. 3. Saturday, the BLM plans to orient visitors to the changes while removing debris and trash so visitors will have positive experience while using the shooting range.

“This cleanup project is just another example of the many things our volunteers do,” said Fran Parker, volunteer and partnership coordinator for the BLM and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. “Their involvement, both on National Public Lands Day and throughout the year, demonstrates how much they appreciate recreational opportunities on public lands.”

The shooting range is located approximately 6 miles north of H Road on north 27 1/4 Road.

The facilities include a pistol emphasis area and a 1,000-meter rifle range, which has 12 sheltered shooting benches.

Last year, more than 34,000 shooters visited the range.

According to Parker, volunteer labor, valued at more than $300,000 in 2012, is critical to the BLM’s role in managing public lands.

For more information contact Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator, Fran Parker at 970-244-3031.


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