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Help plan the future of Indian River County Public Shooting Range

News Release

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://bit.ly/2HVPDaM External Website

A 10-year plan for the Indian River County Public Shooting Range will be presented at a public hearing on Thursday, March 29.

People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Indian River County Administration Complex Commission Chambers, Building A, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed area, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions. For more information on the upcoming local public hearing, go to MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans (WMA).”

The Indian River County Public Shooting Range, in the city of Sebastian, is a shooting range managed by Indian River County. Also on site is an FWC-managed facility for the public to gain the skills and knowledge for safe, responsible shooting, including hunter safety education. The area surrounding the range conserves habitat for wildlife such as gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes and deer.

The shooting range, which has a five-star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges, offers stations for rifles, handguns and shotguns, and an archery range.

People also enjoy other outdoor activities here, including fishing, wildlife viewing and picnicking.

“The Indian River County Public Shooting Range was purchased to ensure the conservation of fish and wildlife resources, other natural and cultural resources, and for fish- and wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Dylan Imlah, FWC land conservation planner. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to do that.”

All lands purchased with public funds must have a management plan that ensures the property will be managed in a manner that is consistent with the intended purposes of the purchase.

Hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process.

To obtain a copy of the land management prospectus for Indian River County Public Shooting Range, call Dylan Imlah at 850-487-9102 or email Dylan.Imlah@MyFWC.com.

For more information and background on management plans and their goals, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Conservation Programs” then “Management Plans (WMA).”

For more on the Indian River County Public Shooting Range, go to MyFWC.com/Hunting and select “Safety & Education” then “FWC-Managed Public Shooting Ranges.”



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