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Off Target

Off Target: A legacy of neglect at county rifle range is a multipart special report exploring the county’s operations at Plantation Rifle Range, one of two publicly owned ranges in the state.

Written by Julia Lerner // Edited by Ron Judd

Whatcom County’s Plantation Rifle Range: too little, too late

County officials knew about lead concerns for more than a decade

Read part one, which explores environmental concerns at the outdoor, high-power range at Plantation. Part one includes the interactive timeline below.

Plantation's indoor range to reopen this year after significant renovation

Reopening comes with environmental, health concerns

Read part two, which describes past problems and current plans for the indoor range, which also needed significant updates.

Law enforcement frequent Plantation Rifle Range despite safety concerns

Range closure has 'affected the efficiency of ... training'

Read part three, which describes how law enforcement utilize the range, contributing to environmental and health challenges.