I will have updates from time to time so you all know what is happening with our new “Safe Shooting Area” for “Safe, Family, Recreational Shooting.”
Long Term-Currently we have a green light from the Jerome County Commissioners to complete the BLM Application for a land Patent. This will take a while because there is a lot to it. This must come first so the BLM can establish a file for this project. Several studies must be done including “minerals”, “cultural resources”, “environmental impact” and other things necessary before they can turn over any land to Jerome County. They can then determine how much of the process they will be able to do, and how much of the work will need to be done by outside contractors, so we can determine how much it will cost to secure this land.
Short Term- The Jerome County Commissioners have drafted an Ordinance to restrict shooting in the Park. They have obtained permission from the State of Idaho to include those lands in the closure, too. The Park will be divided in two along the 700 E Road. Shooting to the east, no shooting to the west. It will take effect May 1, 2019 (see map). It will provide shooters with a little safer, temporary place to go until the new, safe range becomes a reality, and it will greatly increase safety in the rest of the Park for all other users. I believe this will be a win/win for them. I think it is an idea that should be accepted by both shooters and non-shooters alike.
May 18th, 2019 is the Park Cleanup Day. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend and help. We need a lot of shooters to help this year. It is the second time we can make a real showing. Always before it has been the two Off-Road clubs that have done the cleanup. Please help. It is very important that a lot of shooters show up for this event. For more information sign up for the newsletter I send out. I will provide details there. By joining our Organization, you will get periodic email newsletters keeping you up to date on the progress we are making. So, please send me your contact information. Please join the North Canyon Shooters Association.