FWC Shooting Ranges Earn EPA Awards for Lead Shot Cleanup

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently captured four awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for following environmental stewardship plans for shooting ranges. The FWC Hunter Safety section manages Florida’s seven state-run shooting ranges, and considers cleanup a vital component in the firearm safety process. The FWC takes a proactive approach to facility management and works diligently to avoid lead contamination of soil and water.

“Cleanup is just part of our job, but it really feels good to have the EPA recognize our work,” said Ed Poppell, who wrote the range management plans using EPA national guidelines and research from the firearms industry. “We understand that being a responsible member of the community means working to protect our community by making our ranges as safe as possible.”

Four FWC ranges received EPA awards for “Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges. Those ranges are: Apalachicola Shooting Range, in Leon County; Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range, in Charlotte County; Indian River County Shooting Range; and Tenoroc Shooting Range, in Polk County.

FWC’s hunter safety coordinator, Bill Cline, said “These awards are a testament to the FWC’s ongoing commitment to offering excellent shooting ranges that are also excellent examples of environmental stewardship.”