The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to close 640 acres of public land to target shooting (but not hunting) in the North Hills recreation area located about 6 miles northeast of Helena. The remaining 4,000+ acres would remain open to target shooting. The BLM is hosting a meeting Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30pm at the conference room of the Montana Association of Counties building, 2715 Skyway Drive in Helena. The proposal to close these acres came from a working group established by BLM's Western Montana Resource Advisory Council based on complaints that target shooting was taking place too close to a road and without a safe line of fire. The environmental assessment that has been written on this proposed closure can be seen by clicking here.

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