Stewardship: Responsible Care for
Resources Entrusted to You
An Environmental Stewardship Plan is a written plan
or "road map" for planning, implementing, monitoring,
and documenting the progress of environmental management and improvements
at your shooting range. By developing and implementing an Environmental
Stewardship Plan, you will document your commitment to the environment
and the community, while at the same time protecting the interests
of your range. Site-specific Environmental Stewardship Plans are
encouraged by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National
Association of Shooting Ranges, National Rifle Association, and
similar organizations as the best and most cost-effective way to
minimize the potential for environmental issues to adversely affect
Specific benefits of developing and implementing an
Environmental Stewardship Plan for your range include:
- Discouraging legal & regulatory actions against your range.
This is especially effective if you have already begun implementation
of the plan.
- Providing tangible evidence of pro-active efforts to be good
environmental citizens regarding both wildlife management and
management of lead. This can be very valuable if a legal or regulatory
action is initiated against your range on environmental grounds.
- Maintaining control of your own destiny in relation to actions,
costs, and schedule, which will be taken over by the court or
a regulatory agency if an environmental allegation is raised against
- Systematically gathering and evaluating the information necessary
to determine whether there are legitimate environmental concerns
at your range. This record can be valuable historical documentation
for your range, as well as helping to defend against environmental
- Documenting the fact that no legitimate environmental issues
are identified, or identifying effective and appropriate ways
you can pro-actively resolve any legitimate environmental concerns
that may be identified.
- Documenting optimal protection of the environment.
- Demonstrating the need for action, raising funds, and planning
- Assisting in making prudent and cost-effective decisions that
will maximize your legal and regulatory protection and minimize
the cost of doing so.
In addition to the positive benefits of an ESP, the
potentially huge costs, long-term liabilities, legal uncertainties,
and adverse public relations of dealing with environmental allegations
provide "negative incentives" for developing an ESP specific
to your range.
Range owners or operators can develop an effective
initial ESP for most ranges by following guidance from the National
Shooting Sports Foundation. If professional assistance is desired,
an effective initial ESP can be developed in most cases for a few
thousand dollars. The actual cost for a professionally-developed
site-specific ESP can vary somewhat depending on several factors,
including the complexity of the site, the amount of information
available, whether a visit to the range is necessary or desired,
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