The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting target shooters, recreationists, nearby homeowners and the public to join in discussions this spring about how to best manage target shooting in select state forests.
A series of public meetings will offer Washingtonians a chance to weigh in with their views on how DNR can best offer opportunities for target shooting in Capitol, Tahuya, Harry Osborne and Yacolt Burn state forests, without endangering the public or restricting other vital uses of state lands.
“In Washington, we have growing numbers of homes near state lands and more people out enjoying the landscapes for hiking, mountain biking, off-road-vehicle riding and target shooting,” said Brock Milliern, DNR statewide recreation manager. “This combination is creating challenges for everyone.”
Milliern hopes the public forums will help build consensus on the best way to manage target shooting in several state forests popular with recreationists.
“We’re interested in hearing ideas on how to manage target shooting in a way that keeps people safe and allows everyone to enjoy our state lands,” he said.
Each meeting begins with a 6:30 p.m. presentation followed by an open house:
- Tuesday, May 17 at the North Mason High School Cafeteria, 150 E. North Mason School Road, Belfair, WA 98528
- Tuesday, May 31 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661
- Wednesday, June 1 at the Burlington-Edison High School Cafeteria, 301 N. Burlington Blvd., Burlington, WA 98233
- Thursday, June 2 at The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, 2800 Dogtooth Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98505
Target shooting is currently allowed during the day on most DNR-managed lands in areas with an unobstructed, earth backstop that can safely stop all bullets. No shooting is permitted within 500 feet of a recreation site or structure. Shooting is also not permitted across, along or down roads or trails. Shooters are urged to pack out all shells, brass, paper and other debris.