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BLM Establishes a Small Shooting Closure While Providing Other Target Opportunities
Following coordination with local communities, county and State government, Tribes and other stakeholders, the Bureau of Land Management has established an Interim Final Supplementary Rule (Rule) to implement a 2,004 acre long-term target shooting closure in the Eastern Lake Mountains of Utah County, Utah. The Rule continues to allow for activities, including lawful hunting, and access to or through the Lake Mountains.
"With the great feedback we received over the course of this effort, I am confident that we've struck a balance that ensures public safety and maintains access to shooting sports enthusiasts," said BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy, Brian Steed.
The Rule for the Lake Mountains, which serve as the backyard for the communities of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, will improve safety and collaboratively conserve Native American petroglyphs while continuing to provide for target shooting opportunities on nearby public lands.
The BLM transferred 160 acres to Utah County through the Recreation and Public Purposes Act for the development of a public shooting range, which is nearing completion. The shooting range, located off Soldier Pass Road in the Lake Mountains, is expected to enhance recreational target shooting in this area. Further, the BLM will continue to allow for approximately 3,179,822 acres out of approximately 3,264,189 acres of public land in the BLM Salt Lake Field Office area to remain open to target shooting.
Utah County prioritizes public safety and recognizes the value of cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations," said Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee. "The new Rule allows us to plan for the future of Utah County development, while maintaining opportunities across the Lake Mountains for recreating, including target shooting."
The interim Rule and maps of the long-term closure are available at:
The BLM Salt Lake Field Office: 2370 South Decker Lake Blvd., West Valley City, Utah
Written comments can be submitted on the interim Rule through November 5, 2018, by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject of "Interim Final Supplementary Rule".
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment, including personally identifiable information, may be made publicly available at any time. Request to withhold personally identifiable information from public review can be submitted but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
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