The Dayton area received nearly 10 inches of rain in June and nearly six inches of rain in July, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Total rainfall for the year is more than 32 inches, which is nearly eight inches above normal, according to the NWS.
David Honeycutt, who is the interim wildlife area supervisor out of ODNR wildlife division’s Xenia office, said the rainfall caused muddy conditions and prevented the contractor from moving soil. This week, the contractor is pouring concrete and is expected to start soon on improvements to the archery range, Honeycutt said.
“They’re making good progress this week,” he said.
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The project is creating a new entry way, adding more parking spaces, erecting a new rangemaster building, and adding safety features and improvements to the pistol and rifle shooting range.
The archery range is slated to be relocated on the 842-acre site and include increased ranges of 40 to 50 yards.
Xenia-based R Sutherland Construction is the contractor on the project, which is being paid for through federal Pittman-Robertson wildlife conservation funds.
The Spring Valley Twp. site is the most used among public shooting ranges across the state, with up to 30,000 people signing in annually to use the pistol and rifle ranges, according to officials.
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