National Forests in North Carolina
U.S. Forest Service
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
June 5, 2013
MURPHY, N.C., June 5, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service announced that it has approved construction of a new shooting range in Clay County on the Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest.
District Ranger Lauren Stull recently approved a proposal to construct an outdoor shooting range on national forest lands approximately nine miles east of Hayesville, N.C. Since 2010, the Forest Service has been conducting the environmental assessment for the project and has received hundreds of comments from citizens and a variety of groups concerning the proposed facility.
The decision lays the groundwork for the Forest Service to enter into an agreement with The Clay County Sports Club, which will allow the club at its expense, to construct a recreational shooting facility. The shooting range will be open to the public, with title to the target range improvements, along with revenues generated by potential user fees, remaining with the government.
Approximately three to five acres at the site will be developed as a recreational shooting range. The land will be cleared of vegetation, and the terrain reshaped with heavy equipment to create five to eight shooting lanes and clean soil backstops. Roads accessing the site will be improved to accommodate vehicular traffic. The facility will include covered shooting stations, sign boards and a portable restroom facility.
Individuals and groups who submitted comments about the project during the 30-day notice and comment period in August and September 2012 will have 45 days from the date of the decision to register an appeal of this decision with the Forest Service. At the conclusion of the 45-day period, the Forest Service will have 30 days to respond to any appeals.
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