Department of Natural Resources
March 18, 2021
Comment deadline set for April 18
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment for a proposed indoor public shooting range in Ontonagon County.
The purpose of the project is to develop a new shooting range and meeting facility at the existing Lake Superior Sportsman's Club indoor-outdoor range location, which is situated along M-64, west of Ontonagon and east of Silver City.
The current indoor facility is no longer suitable for public use.
"The property is DNR-managed public land and developing a new, indoor facility that goes above and beyond Americans with Disabilities Act requirements provides hunters with the opportunity to increase firearm proficiency and safety and allow recreational shooters to practice their sport in a safe, accommodating, indoor environment that expands use potential beyond the summer months," said Lori Burford, DNR shooting range specialist.
The purpose of the environmental assessment is to look at the feasibility and potential for environmental consequences associated with the development alternatives considered.
The DNR has asked the Fish and Wildlife Service to issue a modification to a Statewide Shooting Range Grant to approve the construction of the new facility.
Public comments will be accepted for a 30-day period, which ends April 18, 2021. Written comments or questions may be sent to Burford via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed shooting range project will consist of:
The draft environmental assessment was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which applies to the actions of all federal agencies. This project is proposed by the Michigan DNR for funding through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In addition, copies of the draft environmental assessment or more information on funding for the range project and design may be obtained from Lori Burford, DNR shooting range specialist at 989-600-9114. Written comments or questions may be sent to Burford via email at email@example.com by April 18, 2021.