Partner Updates | Summer 2020
The Partnership continues to meet regularly and is working together to identify additional alternatives to the Forest Plan Amendment for U.S. Forest Service consideration. In addition, all Partners have signed a Cooperative Agency Agreement which allows a greater flow of data and information to and from all agencies.
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: This range will be located along Colo. Highway 103 near Idaho Springs. Thanks to partnership work with Clear Creek County, some access road construction has taken place. The range area is closed until construction is complete. Design work for the range is completed and the Forest Service anticipates construction to begin in 2021. Information on the range is available here.
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 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 Clark Vargas & Associates, Ltd. (CVA) to assist in the planning and development of a new public/private “Shooting Sports Park” in the Dumont area. The project is in collaboration with the Clear Creek Sportsmen Club and will offer new opportunities for the public while improving the conditions of the existing private range by adding a clubhouse. A minimum of 15 new public lanes will be provided, per the agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, with an additional 10+ public lanes pending a partnership agreement with Gilpin County to create a regional range.
A sound study was completed in 2019 and acoustic mitigation techniques will be incorporated to reduce impacts to the surrounding community. CPW grant funding is being used to facilitate the planning project and Clear Creek County hopes to receive a grant for construction funding in 2021. If you have any questions about the project, email or call Lisa Leben at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-679-2434.
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 Community Planning & Permitting 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 (Click here SU-19-0009) is scheduled for a hearing with the Boulder County Planning Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m. Click on this link to learn how to attend and participate. This will be a virtual meeting.
For the north county site, Boulder 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 2019.
Gilpin County is hopeful that we will be able to partner with Clear Creek County and the Clear Creek Sportsmen Club on a state-of-the-art range in Dumont. The Colorado Park & Wildlife grant is underway and Clear Creek County has hired a range expert to design the facility.