May of last year the
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invited
target shooters, recreationists, nearby homeowners and the public to
discussions that spring about how to best manage target shooting in
The agency announced that month a
series of public meetings
that would offer state residents a chance to weigh in with their views
DNR can best offer opportunities for target shooting in Capitol,
Osborne and Yacolt Burn state forests, without endangering the public
restricting other vital uses of state lands.
that time, DNR has heard from many
state reisdents with ideas on how to
provide for target shooting in some of
the state's popular DNR managed forests while enhancing safety for
visitors and nearby homeowners.
been researching other land managers'
approaches nationwide and delving deeper into the input we heard from
you," said a DNR statement
released in the agency's June newsletter. "This input led us to focus
first in our Tahuya State Forest, where we heard the clearest support
developing a shooting range."
officials will be sharing with the community proposed
Tahuya State Forest shooting range
locations at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
June 20 at
the North Mason High School Cafeteria in Belfair.
says what it learns "in our next steps" may
inform solutions for Capitol, Yacolt Burn or Harry Osborne state
can learn more, subscribe to the Tahuya target shooting
updates and get in touch with staff members at dnr.wa.gov/targetshooting.
two state forests of Tahuya (23,000 acres in
Mason County), and Green Mountain (6,000 acres in Kitsap
County) are part
of an extensive network of working forest lands managed by the
State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
to provide sustainable
revenue for public
production, communication tower leases and other
activities in these forests help fund local
county services, state
universities and the construction of public K-12 grade schools
both forests are popular destinations for those
seeking diverse recreation
opportunities, including motorized off-road and equestrian
the Green Mountain and Tahuya state forests are
working lands" that provide habitat for native plants and animals,
retention and water quality benefits in addition to income for