on Jul 31, 2013 04:03 PM • Views 4449
Media Contact: Erik Christofferson
919-707-0153
erik.christofferson@ncwildlife.org

TROY, N.C. (July 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Forest Service are partnering to host an informational meeting on Saturday, Aug. 3, to discuss future management of the Flintlock Valley shooting range in the Uwharrie National Forest.

The meeting, which is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., will be held at the Garner Center, located at 210 Burnette Street in Troy, Montgomery County.

The Flintlock Valley shooting range has been closed since 2010. The cooperative venture to re-open the public shooting range will include Wildlife Commission personnel to staff the range and funding support from the Forest Service. Prior to re-opening the range, the Wildlife Commission is redesigning and upgrading the facility as well as incorporating additional safeguards.

Safety improvements planned for the Flintlock Valley shooting range include moving the berm for the pistol range closer to the firing line, raising the height of the berm for the rifle range, and extending the roof of the firing line in the rifle range to ensure bullets fired from rifles have a low trajectory below the top of the berm.

The Wildlife Commission’s improvements and safety upgrades to the shooting range will cost up to $250,000 — of which $30,000 will be paid through a grant from the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Commission also will provide personnel to staff Flintlock Valley shooting range after it reopens, with the Forest Service collecting user fees to support the Commission’s staffing of the range.

“Opportunities don’t come often where a shooting range is already in existence and like-minded conservation partners like the Forest Service and the NRA are willing to collaborate to make improvements and provide public access,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Engineering and Lands Management Division. “But we’re also looking to include a fourth partner in this process — our constituents who will be using the shooting range. This Saturday’s public meeting gives the public a great opportunity to learn about the Flintlock Valley project and share thoughts and ideas about how to proceed with the shooting range renovations.”

The Aug. 3 meeting will allow the public to discuss changes to the design, operation and management of the Flintlock Valley shooting range.