Authorities ban target shooting on large area near Utah Lake
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities have banned target shooting on more than 2,000 acres of public land near Utah Lake to protect ancient petroglyphs, prevent wildfires and keep nearby homes safe. The area remains open for in-season hunting.
The interim ban went into effect Thursday on Lake Mountain area land managed by federal and state authorities, The Daily Herald reports .
A temporary 900-acre shooting ban in the Lake Mountain area was first established in 2012 and has been extended multiple times through the end of 2018.
Concerns about the impacts of shooting caused officials to support more than doubling the temporary shooting closure and making it permanent.
U.S. Rep. Mia Love said in a statement that her office got involved to make sure all voices were effectively heard.
“I feel the Utah stakeholders did a good job of balancing all those concerns,” Love said.
People can comment through Nov. 5, and the agency may make changes if it receives “substantive” comments.
In anticipation of the shooting closure, Utah County started building a shooting range close to the area as a place for shooters displaced by the ban.
One-hundred sixty acres of land were deeded to Utah County from the BLM for that purpose in 2016, and several of the shorter ranges are now open for shooting.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com