ILLEGAL GUN RANGE NOW IN OPERATION

On Friday June 7, 2019, the Tarboo Ridge Coalition e-mailed Jefferson County Commissioners a letter citing County documents and file photos of Fort Discovery Inc’s illegal construction and training activities. Without any permits, the Corporation has charged ahead, clearing and grading, filling wetlands, pouring concrete, siting old and constructing new buildings and burying a 2000-gallon tank full of sewage from commercial activity at the outlaw shooting range. Even more serious, the corporation has built a 50-yard range along its north property line with gunfire pointed outward towards a low berm, neighboring recreational land, and State Highway 104. To date the County has not responded to the Coalition. READ THE LETTER.

The state’s Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) heard County and TRC attorneys make arguments for and against new shooting facilities ordinances on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019. Watch the hearing. For more information, read the TRC press release. The GMHB will issue a ruling on July 17th.

The Tarboo Ridge Coalition (TRC) believes that:

  • New commercial shooting facilities belong INDOORS to prevent pollution and noise impacts to PEOPLE, PETS, LIVESTOCK, and WILDLIFE and to help PREVENT WILDFIRES.
  • LOCAL CONTROL IS PARAMOUNT! No military training activities at private commercial shooting facilities.
  • COMMERCIAL SHOOTING FACILITIES should be SMALL SCALE to meet LOCAL RECREATIONAL NEEDS ONLY.
  • PUBLIC LAKES BELONG TO ALL OF US. Fishing, swimming and nature first. SHORELINES ALSO DESERVE SPECIAL PROTECTION. No commercial shooting facilities within 500 yards of lakes and navigable shorelines.
  • Existing land uses and the health and wellness of residents within three miles of new facilities must be protected from noise through RESTRICTED HOURS OF OPERATION: No more than 40 hours per week during daylight hours and PROHIBITIONS ON non-gun EXPLOSIONS and the USE OF HELICOPTERS.

OUR MISSION

The Tarboo Ridge Coalition stands against the development of the “Cedar Hills Recreational Facility.” The TRC believes that any gun range, but particularly a military-style weapons training facility, is both disruptive and dangerous, and that siting any shooting facilities on the shores of Tarboo Lake is not in the best interests of the citizens of Jefferson County. The TRC’s goal is to educate and mobilize the community against this project and preserve the unique character of Tarboo Ridge.

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June 11, 2019 9AM: TRC and County Attorneys present to Growth Management Hearings Board

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