80-year-old trap and skeet range may shut down

An 80-year-old trap and skeet range in Yaphank may be shut down after failing to file paperwork to operate on environmentally sensitive land.

The skeet range is located on county-owned land in the Central Pine Barrens. Officials say developing land within the Pine Barrens requires specific paperwork to be filed under the hardship act. Though the skeet range has existed for decades, it shut down from 2001 to 2006 and is now considered a new development.

In addition to missing paperwork, critics say lead from the shells may be contaminating the Pine Barrens and residents in the area have complained about the noise.

Those who use the range say the Pine Barrens are a perfect location and hope they'll be allowed to enjoy their hobby.

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