News Release

For Release: April 15, 2008         
Contact:   BLM:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or Rich Burns (707) 468-4000
CA-N-08-41 

Pistol Range to Close at Knoxville Recreation Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced it is closing a six-acre pistol target shooting range in the Knoxville Recreation Area, which lies in parts of Napa, Lake and Yolo counties, because of increasing concerns about public safety.
 
With this closure, shooting will be allowed only for hunting during seasons regulated by the state of California in the 24,000-acre BLM recreation area.  Target shooting and random shooting or "plinking" will not be allowed.
 
BLM Ukiah Field Manager Rich Burns said the restriction is effective immediately and signs are being posted onsite.   The range had been the only part of the Knoxville Recreation Area designated by the BLM for target shooting.   
 
"Restricting target shooting at Knoxville was a difficult decision," Burns said, "but we must address public safety concerns to ensure that Knoxville can be safe and enjoyable for all visitors."

Burns said the BLM will continue working with county governments and other interests in attempts to find a site in or near the Knoxville Recreation Area that can accommodate safe target shooting.
 
The official shooting restriction notice will be published in the Federal Register.  The closure order is under the authority of 43 Code of Federal Regulations 8364.1, which includes penalties for violations, including fines and jail sentences.   The order can be obtained by contacting the Ukiah Field Office, (707) 468-4000, or online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah.html 
 
The Knoxville Recreation Area offers about 50 miles of roads and trails for off-roading enthusiasts.  It also offers a developed campground and three undeveloped camping areas.  The area is also used by scientists studying plants that thrive in Knoxville’s unique soils.  Information is available online at the same address or by phoning the Ukiah Field Office.

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Ukiah Field Office     2550 North State St.     Ukiah, CA  95482