Fall 2019 Partner Updates
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Partner Updates | Fall 2019

Forest Service (Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests)

Recreational Sport Shooting Project: The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland released its final decision on the Recreational Sport Shooting (RSS) Management Project on June 13, 2019. View the full press release here. This collaborative project aims to provide safe, responsible and accessible recreational sport shooting opportunities while providing for public health and safety. The signing of the final decision does not close any new areas until the first public shooting range opens. This decision does not affect lawful hunting with a firearm in areas where it is currently allowed.
Devil’s Nose Designated Shooting Area Implementation:
Some access road construction has taken place at the Devil’s Nose Shooting Range along Colo. Highway 103 near Idaho Springs, and new restrictions are in place for the duration of construction activities. For everyone’s safety, the area within a half-mile of the construction site north and west of Hwy 103 is now closed to the public for all uses. See the full USFS press release. The Forest Service anticipates shooting range construction to begin in 2020.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

CPW continues to work with counties and the USFS to develop ranges that have approved funding, and to find sites for shooting ranges within the Northern Front Range partnership area, as well as with the Southern Partnership area.

Larimer County

Larimer County continues to look for opportunities to enhance and partner with other agencies and private landowners to provide safe shooting ranges for the public.

Clear Creek County

Clear Creek County has hired Wave Engineering, Inc. to provide acoustic consulting and testing services to establish baseline sound levels in the area around the existing Clear Creek Sportsmen Club Gun Range in Dumont.  The goal is to use the information to develop sound mitigation techniques in the planning and design of a new public range which will result in no increases above the existing baseline conditions.

The noise study will involve 6 sound meters in various locations in Dumont to measure sound pressure levels continuously for approximately 10 days in October.  That time period will allow them to capture sound levels over different times and conditions.  Weather conditions will also be recorded at one location.

The project will involve the use of sound level meters capable of continuously logging average sound levels (in dBA) as well as the minimum, maximum, and statistical (also known as exceedance) sound levels.  Statistical sound levels are useful for characterizing long-term background sound levels needed to assess the noise impact of shooting on the community.  The sound level measurements of shooting events will be supplemented with more sophisticated meters that will measure the frequency spectrum of individual gunshots which is also useful for assessing the impact of the range on the community. 

The sound test procedures, equipment, and results will be summarized in a written report to the County and will be available to the public in December.  The report will include detailed information about the test program and protocol so that the testing can be replicated in the future. 
Per an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, if a minimum of 15 new lanes are provided to the public for sports shooting the Forest Service will close identified problem areas in the forest north of I-70 to the County boundary.   Clear Creek County has received a grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife for the design of the new range which is planned to be located adjacent to the existing Sportsmen Club.

If you have any questions about the sound testing project, please email or call Lisa Leben at or 303-679-2434. 

Boulder County

Under the approved Forest Plan Amendment, two recreational sport shooting ranges, accessible to the public, are required in Boulder County (one in the south and one in the north) before any closures on Forest Service land go into effect. The south county site involves the proposed expansion of the Boulder Rifle Club. The Club has submitted an application to Boulder County Land Use Department for a Special Use Review process.  This process will include at least two public hearings, one at the County Planning Commission and one at the Board of County Commissioners. Currently, the application (SU-19-0009) is under review by Boulder County Land Use staff. Click on the link to review the application and submit a comment. Once the review has been completed a hearing will be scheduled before the Planning Commission. For the north county site, the County continues to actively explore possible range site locations. There has been no further activity related to the privately owned quarry east of Lyons since the last update in June.

Gilpin County

Gilpin County continues to seek and evaluate potential sites for a shooting range. The county is researching options both on public and private land, and although it is a very small county with mountainous terrain, the county hopes to find a viable option soon.
The purpose of the Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership is to develop a landscape-level, multi-jurisdictional strategy to provide safe, responsible and accessible recreational sport shooting opportunities while addressing conflicts near residential areas and with other recreation users across the northern Colorado Front Range.
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