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Release Date: 09/24/13
Contacts: Chris Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 244-3097    

Improvement work continues at 27 ¼ Shooting Range (09-24-13)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Improvements to the  popular 27 ¼ Shooting Range north of Grand Junction are scheduled to be completed Oct. 3
A $20,000 shooting range improvement project began on July 23 and was scheduled to be compled on Aug. 22.  Rain delayed completion and the project is now slated to end on Oct. 3.  
The shooting range may be closed at times to accommdate work crews. Closures will typically occur during the day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. While work on improvements will focus these days, the range is subject to being closed anytime throughOct. 3.  
Unprecedented precipitation presented challenges to completing the project on schedule.  Mesa County and the Bureau of Land Management were recently awarded a $20,000 grant through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Shooting Range Development Grant Program to enhance facilities at the range. Improvements will include maintaining and repairing shooting berms and targets, constructing chronograph pads, repairing the shade shelter roof, resurfacing the parking area, and fencing the perimeter of the parking area and range. 
The work is coordinated through a joint effort between Mesa County and the BLM.
Closure information will be available on-line at at 27 ¼ Road and the range, or by calling the BLM at 970 244-3000.
To mark National Public Lands Day, volunteers will be cleaning debris and trash from the range on Sept. 28 beginning at 8 a.m. The range will be shut down during cleaning for safety reasons. 
The shooting range is located on a well-marked route approximately 6 miles north of H Road, on north 27¼ Road. It consists of a pistol emphasis area and a 1,000-meter rifle range, which has 12 sheltered shooting benches. More than 34,000 shooters visited the range last year

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  2815 H Road      Grand Junction CO 81506  

Last updated: 09-24-2013