Colorado Parks and Wildlife will award $600,000 to eight shooting and archery ranges across Colorado through the agency's Shooting and Range Development Grant Program (SRDG). The funds will go toward developing new places to shoot and upgrading existing ranges across the state.
Colorado's SRDG program supporting the establishment, improvement or expansion of safe shooting facilities is one of the largest in the nation. It provides matching grants to towns, counties, outdoor recreation organizations, shooting clubs, parks and recreation departments and others for projects that establish, improve or expand shooting ranges and shooting areas - including archery ranges - throughout the state.
"Colorado Parks and Wildlife is committed to providing the public with safe shooting facilities," said Jim Guthrie, CPW's SRDG coordinator. "This year's grants will help improve some ranges, but it will also help with the development and construction of new places for the public to enjoy recreational shooting. That's important for a variety of reasons, including providing a safe place where hunters can sight in their firearms, give recreational shooters a safe place to have fun and providing even more places for outdoor recreation."
According to Guthrie, some of the program's funds come from federal excise taxes generated by the sale of hunting and shooting equipment, in addition to funds generated by license fees. Each local project partner commits funds for the various projects.
"These matching funds from our partners leverages the impact of CPW's financial resources," he said.
This year, the SRDG grant will help with the planning and construction of a new range in Logan County. When completed, The Logan County project will be a major range located near the Denver metro area, meeting a growing demand for public shooting facilities along the Front Range.
"Logan County has been a determined force behind the new range, along with all the volunteers who have helped with construction," said Todd Schmidt, the area wildlife manager for the northeast region of the state. "Facilities like this are very much needed across Colorado's Front Range. We are glad to be a part of it."
Since 2009, 33 counties have benefited from approximately 50 grants for a variety of upgrades and improvements.
The Shooting Range Development Grants awarded in 2016 include:
Chaffee County Archery Range
Construction of a new trail and shooting platform
Devil's Nose Shooting Area-Clear Creek County
Construction of three new 25, 50 and 100-yard shooting ranges
Ft. Lupton Shooting Range
Initial development of a major new range
Gypsum Shooting Range
Realignment of rifle and pistol ranges and erosion control in existing areas
Dolores County Fairgrounds Range
Construction of a new 100-yard range
Logan County Shooting Range
Installation of shade covers for pistol and rifle ranges
Buena Vista Trap Fields
Replacing existing trap fields and runways
Royal Gorge Gun Club
Construction of a new classroom building
For more information about the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Shooting Range Development Grant Program, please visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/ShootingRangeGrants.aspx