DNR Seeks Public Comment for Environmental Analysis of Firing Range Grant-Funded Project

Brill Area Sports Club 100/200 Yard Shooting Range Upgrades

MADISON, Wisconsin. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed issuance of a grant to the Brill Area Sportsmen`s Club for a 100/200 yard shooting range project at Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin.

The project will clear about one acre of forested area, build a berm in the newly cleared space, and increase the height of an existing berm by four feet. These berm adjustments will increase safety between the two firing lines on each side.

The DNR is dedicated to promoting the safety of hunters, hunting and shooting sports. To meet this goal, the DNR developed the Shooting Range Grant Program to assist with the development of new ranges and improvements to existing ranges that make their facilities available to the public. The DNR’s vision for shooting ranges in Wisconsin is to increase opportunities to shoot in a safe environment. Doing so will maintain Wisconsin’s hunting heritage and the economic impact those activities have.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (42 USC §§ 4321-4347, as amended), the DNR developed an environmental assessment for the Brill Area Sportsmen’s Club: New Berm Construction and ADA Track Project. Funds for the grant in question originate from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program.

The draft environmental assessment is available here. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the draft environmental assessment. Send your comments before September 25 to:

Department of Natural Resources
C/O Sarah Brenner, DNR Grants Manager
1300 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701

To request a paper copy of the draft environmental assessment or to receive an alternative format, contact Sarah Brenner at [email protected] or 715-492-0928.