Local shooting range sites narrowed

2009-12-10T23:00:00Z Local shooting range sites narrowed Arizona Daily Sun
December 10, 2009 11:00 pm

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has narrowed possible sites for a shooting range in northern Arizona to three during a Saturday meeting.

A 160-acre parcel of private land just south of the Interstate 40 and Winona interchange, some Coconino National Forest land north of Winona and a site west of Interstate 17 and north of Munds Park are up for consideration.

Two of the three sites would require a land exchange with the Forest Service that could potentially take years, and cost $788,000 for environmental studies in the case of the Willard Springs site off Interstate 17.

Purchase of the Foster Ranch south of Winona appealed to some commissioners, who hope to have a range in operation by 2013.

The Foster Ranch has been appraised at $1.1 million, according to information presented to the Game and Fish Commission.

The agency is scheduled to reconsider the matter again in March, and narrow shooting range sites further.

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