Comment period open for Yellow Creek Shooting Range Patent

(Belle Fourche, SD) – The public is invited to comment on a proposed transfer of 14 acres of BLM-administered land to the City of Deadwood for the Yellow Creek Shooting Range. 

Comments on the draft Environmental Assessment addressing the proposed acreage patent will be accepted through June 17.  

The amended patent request involves 14 acres of BLM-managed land immediately surrounding the original 7.5 acres of the Yellow Creek Shooting Range and an additional 6.5 acres down range to serve as a safety buffer and to accommodate improvements such as enhanced shooting berms, structures, lighting and a law enforcement practice range.   

“The BLM is committed to providing a high-quality recreational experience for the public,” said Field Manager Chip Kimball, of the South Dakota Field Office. “This proposal has the potential to expand on existing facilities and increase public safety and is one of five options being considered.” 

More information and a venue for comments is available on the BLM e-Planning project website at Search using the NEPA number: DOI-BLM-MT-C040-2021-0012-EA.  

Comments can also be mailed to: BLM South Dakota Field Office, Attn. Field Manager Chip Kimball, 309 Bonanza Street, Belle Fourche, S.D.  57717. 

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Mark Jacobsen