The Arizona Game and Fish Department on Tuesday, Jan. 18 will provide a presentation to the Flagstaff City Council about the selection and purchase of the private Foster Ranch property for the development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, which is located in Coconino County, to the southeast of Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Although the property is not within the city limits, the council invited Game and Fish to give a presentation due to recent public comments regarding concerns of potential effects of a shooting range located near Walnut Canyon.
At this stage, the property is owned by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, the baseline sound study is in compliance with A.R.S. § 17-601, and the final range design process incorporating public input is underway.
The public meeting begins at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the Flagstaff City Hall, Council Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, Ariz., 86001. The meeting can also be viewed live by streaming webcast at www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?NID=1461 .
Because Game and Fish receives no tax dollars from the state’s general fund, the property purchase came at no expense to taxpayers, state or local. Funding for the 160-acre property came from a surcharge collected from the sale of licenses to hunters and anglers.
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