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ePlanning DOI-BLM-AZ-P000-2019-0001-EA (Recreational Shooting Sports Project)  
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Recreational shooting sports are one of our nation’s oldest and most popular pastimes and are a long-standing and appropriate use of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. These activities generate funds that support wildlife conservation, public land restoration projects, and hunter education. In Arizona, approximately 97 percent of BLM lands are available for dispersed recreational shooting.

The rapid population growth in Maricopa and Pinal Counties has significantly increased the demand for a variety of recreation opportunities, including recreational target shooting, on public lands near the Phoenix metropolitan area. In order to enhance recreation access, public safety, and natural resource stewardship, the BLM is proposing a shooting sports pilot project that will evaluate a variety of active management options at four “microsites” near Phoenix.

This public scoping is being carried out to comply with the public participation requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act.

The pilot project would not change existing dispersed recreational shooting access, and would have no effect on hunting activities as regulated under applicable Arizona state law.