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March 20, 2020 - Announcement of Public Comment Period

On March 20, 2020 the Bureau of Land Management published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent starting a 30-day public comment period for proposed temporary closures of public lands to provide for public and worker safety during construction of four recreational shooting sports sites. In compliance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act; 16 USC 7913 (a)(1)), and in compliance with 43 CFR 8364.1, notice of intent is hereby given that the proposed closures would temporarily close public lands to public entry, including entry for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting.

The Notice of Intent, and areas subject to the temporary closures can be reviewed under the Documents page.
On January 30, 2020 the Department of the Interior, for the Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix District, approved the Recreational Shooting Sports Project. The Project authorizes the construction and operation of five recreational shooting sports areas- Baldy Mountain, Church Camp Road, and Saddleback Mountain sites located within the Hassayampa Field Office, and Box Canyon and Narramore Road sites located in the Lower Sonoran Field Office.

The BLM anticipates the construction of the Baldy Mountain site to start in late spring 2020, taking approximately 6-months to complete.

The Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix District has published Engineer Design and Preliminary Environmental Stewardship Plans for each site, along with a Final Environmental Assessment that analyzed the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts from the construction and operation of each site. The BLM has also determined that the project would not have signficant impacts, therefore an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.

See Maps and Documents for more information.