Public comment sought for proposed fee increase at Conecuh Shooting Range

Published 1:39 am Saturday, June 8, 2019

The National Forests in Alabama are proposing to add a special recreation permit fee at the Conecuh Shooting Range. In this proposal, both ranges would cost $5 per person per day or $50 per person for an annual permit. Conecuh Shooting Range would continue to honor valid Alabama Heritage licenses, or Alabama hunting or fishing licenses in lieu of the proposed fee.. These proposed fees would help to established consistent pricing for the shooting ranges and would be used to help operate, maintain, and improve the popular sites.

The Conecuh Shooting Range, located in Covington County, is a fully accessible shooting range with 25- and 50-yard stations. A 100-yard area is also available for people who bring their own clay targets and thrower. The facility has concrete walkways for downrange access to the target lines and is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Please note, these fee changes are only proposed. After public comments are received the U.S. Forest Service, will assess the comments and concerns and present the fee proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Advisory Committee. This committee will provide recommendations on the fee proposals and the Regional Forester will make an overall decision. The RAC is a citizen’s advisory committee that represents a broad array of recreational interests.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected at recreation sites to operate, maintain and improve sites.

Please provide your input regarding the proposed fee changes. Use the “Contact Us” feedback feature on the National Forests in Alabama’s website at to submit a comment. Or, share your comments by writing: National Forests in Alabama, Attn: Recreation Fee Program, 2946 Chestnut Street, Montgomery, AL 36107. Comments may able be emailed to or call (334) 727-2652 (Tuskegee Ranger District) or (334) 222-2555 (Conecuh Ranger District). All public comments must be received before July 10, 2019.