Onsite supervision and management of the site can alleviate much of the local resident concerns and usage of local resources.
Hours of Operation: The shooting range should have hours of operation of 8:00 AM to 6:00 pm. The gate along highway 67 should be locked outside of these hours.
Onsite Management: The site needs to have a management official on site at all times to monitor shooting activities, make sure trash is removed, have fire suppression equipment on site, and have radio access to emergency resources. The Focus on the Forest volunteer group would like to have a booth installed at the shooting range entrance that they can hopefully man with volunteers to help manage the site.
Pay to Use: Like other fee areas in the national forest this should be no exception. It cost $7 to have a picnic at Manitou Lake, but target shooting is free. Why can’t the forest service hire a concessioner like they do at picnic areas and campgrounds to collect a fee to pay for the cost of maintaining the shooting range?
Control the volume of shooters: This is where the forest service needs to additional studies. There is no way that a shooting range that has high usage under existing circumstances is going to be able to handle the volume of shooters once the rest of the forest is closed to shooting. There will be conflicts for shooters trying to get access to the range. Some of the groups can occupy a range for the entire day.
Reservation system: A reservation system should be implemented to provide shooters a window of time to occupy a certain range. The forest service does not owe every shooter a place to shoot at their convenience. Just like a sportsman can’t shoot any animal they want at anytime.
Provide portable toilets and dumpsters: Keep the site clean by providing a way to dispose of trash and a sanitary way for shooters to relieve themselves.
Don’t mix OHV”s and Target Shooters: Close FR 343 at the Teller County line to FR 343B. This will keep the popular OHV route on FR 343B away from the shooting range. This will also keep the target shooters from spilling over into the rugged terrain on the Teller County portion of FR 343. See image below.