COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife received approval from the State Controlling Board today to invest $550,000 into the Spring Valley Shooting Range in Greene County.
“The Division of Wildlife is excited to provide outstanding new range facilities for Ohio’s sporting enthusiasts,” said ODNR Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “This project includes an educational facility with family friendly amenities to welcome many recreational shooting sports enthusiasts.”
The second phase of the Spring Valley Shooting Range update includes the construction of the education center that will provide a facility for Hunter Education and R3-related activities (recruitment, retention, reactivation) to be facilitated onsite. This building will be a key component as the Division of Wildlife engages new audiences to increase participation in various outdoor pursuits. The completion date is set for next summer.
The total project cost is $2,200,000: 75% of which will be paid for by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a required 25% state match of $550,000. The federal grant is funded by purchases of firearms and ammunition, and the Division of Wildlife is reinvesting these funds into Spring Valley and other shooting range projects around the state.
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