An open house about the planning and development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.
“This open house will give the public a first look at some conceptual designs of the range and a chance to make suggestions on the designs,” said Jay Cook, chief of shooting ranges for Game and Fish. “We will have staff on hand to help with their questions and discuss the development timeframe for this future community shooting range.”
This self-paced, informational open house will include preliminary information from the baseline sound study conducted Aug. 26 and a map of the locations measured. To address your questions, key Game and Fish personnel and representatives from the Coconino National Forest will be on hand; however, no formal presentation will be made.
For those who are unable to attend the open house, the same materials and a way to submit your comments will be online at www.azgfd.gov/nazsr beginning Sept. 23.
In July, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission purchased the 160-acre Foster Ranch in Coconino County for establishing a local public shooting range to serve surrounding communities’ law enforcement training, hunter education, hunter sight in, and recreational/competitive shooting of firearms and archery.
Cook added, “Flagstaff is one of Arizona’s largest communities without a designated place for recreational shooting. Providing a safe, designated range will reduce use impacts to surrounding areas and provide a positive economic benefit to the local communities.”
Game and Fish receives no tax dollars from the state’s general fund and operates under a user-pay, user-benefit model. The property was purchased and will be developed through the sale of licenses to hunters and anglers. A $3 surcharge is imposed on hunting and fishing licenses to acquire, construct, renovate, or improve Game and Fish facilities. The fund for the development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range was established beginning in 2001.