UPDATE APRIL 26, 2009: DNR GOES ROGUE ONCE MORE - CUTS TREES FOR RIFLE RANGE PRIOR TO END OF PUBLIC AND AGENCY COMMENT PERIOD. -
Mystery explained by DNR, but invites more questions : According to DNR, “The easement site was cleared of trees under a commercial wood cutting permit from the Division of Forestry. Under the forest practices act, tree cutting activities need to occur prior to April 15th to accommodate migratory bird nesting. The reason DNR couldn’t wait is that the “Friends of the National Rifle Association” wanted to have their rifle range this year for the $20,000 they paid to DNR.
Why was the first order of business in the KRPUA not to provide dumpsters, trash receptacles, sanitary facilities, educational signs and on-the-ground law enforcement but to start an unsupervised rifle range in the forest that is known to be prime habitat for Dall sheep, is a popular sheep viewing and hunting area with lakes and wetlands below. This area has been used for quiet recreation for over 50 years.