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Can You Imagine Your Range Facing a Multi-Million Dollar Environmental Cleanup?

Unfortunately, some ranges have had to deal with such a challenge, and more are vulnerable. How would your range respond if faced with even a multi-thousand dollar environmental challenge? Environmental Range Protection assists ranges nationwide with design, operation, and maintenance consistent with environmental laws and regulations, sound science and engineering, and the practical realities of day-to-day range activities.


Richard K. “Dick” Peddicord, Ph.D. has been providing environmental support to the shooting sports since 1986 when he began work for Remington Arms Company at Lordship Gun Club in Stratford, Connecticut. Since then, he has become one of the most broadly experienced leaders in environmental evaluation and management at outdoor shooting ranges.

Assessment and Management

Dr. Peddicord provides his clients with detailed technical knowledge of the potential impacts of lead, other shooting-associated metals, and clay target components on soil, water quality, aquatic organisms, wildlife, birds, and human health.

Environmental Stewardship

An Environmental Stewardship Plan is a written guide for planning, implementing, monitoring, and documenting environmental management and improvements at your shooting range consistent with EPA guidance, that has been adopted by most States.

Technical Support of Counsel

Dr. Peddicord has provided technical support to counsel in cases resulting in decisions key to environmental assessment and management of outdoor shooting ranges consistent with major Federal laws and their state counterparts.


  • Dr. Peddicord’s comprehensive Environmental Stewardship Plan has been instrumental in our planning efforts to effectively manage our water quality surveillance program and our outdoor shooting ranges operations.

    Ronald Marchessault Past President, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America
  • Our experience with Environmental Range Protection is absolutely awesome. Environmental Range Protection has helped MT2 prepare environmental stewardship plans and assessment of sites, which has proved to be an invaluable support to MT2 and our clients.

    Mike Burkett Executive Vice President, MT2 – Firing Range Experts
  • I have worked with Dr. Peddicord on many outdoor shooting range projects over many years.  He is thoughtful, knowledgeable and professional.  He is able to think through the unique aspects of unusual situations to come up with a non-cookie cutter solution that works.  He is often the first person I call to discuss environmental matters associated with shooting ranges.

    Lorin D. Kramer President, Kramer One, Inc.
  • I worked with Dr. Peddicord on a project for a proposed outdoor target range in Pennsylvania.  His company, Environmental Range Protection, provided a site survey of the property and expert testimony during the zoning hearings. His expertise in not only the environmental aspect of the range but also safety, design, and his overall expertise in outdoor ranges was invaluable.  I would highly recommend that anyone needing environmental services for a range reach out to his company.

    Daniel Cogan President, 360 Precision
  • Dr. Peddicord has a wealth of knowledge and extensive real-world experience regarding the environmental stewardship of shooting ranges. He is a trusted advisor and consultant to our shooting range program and is always prompt and professional.

    Walter Lane Assistant Chief, Game Management, Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Dr. Richard Peddicord does an excellent job of outlining the environmental and human health concerns associated with operating shooting ranges. His assistance was valuable in helping the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission educate our team and revise the environmental stewardship plans for all our facilities.

    William Cline Section Leader, Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • As an attorney representing New York’s oldest trap stand club, which is currently developing a sporting clays course, I found Dick Peddicord to be extremely knowledgeable with respect to all of the applicable environmental statues and regulations. Dick demonstrated a deep understanding of the role of an environmental expert to educate and guide counsel through the underlying science and its interplay with all of the regulatory provisions. It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Peddicord.

    George Calcagnini, Esq. Attorney for Willow Wood Gun Club
  • I have worked with Dr. Peddicord for well over a decade on numerous shooting ranges throughout the United States. His knowledge and intellect for addressing and resolving environmental matters are simply the best. In my environmental practice as an attorney having represented over one hundred shooting ranges, Dr. Peddicord’s experience and expertise is invaluable to me and my clients, and his professionalism and integrity are second to none.

    W. Lee Smith, Esq. Partner, Michel & Associates, P.C.
  • Dr. Peddicord’s expertise in range operations is a key element in successfully steering clients through the myriad challenges faced by range operations today.  His thorough and detailed approach takes into account the unique design, location and environmental features of individual range operations.  He is adept at selecting proven stewardship practices that fit with the client’s operational parameters as well as adapting those practices to meet novel scenarios.  His skills allow him to provide trustworthy evaluations of proposed physical or operational changes that not only enhance environmental management but also add value to the operation going forward.  His depth of knowledge, experience and consummate professionalism is a major asset in responding to adversarial claims against range operations and in crafting solutions to resolve or avert claims.

    Anthony G. Gorski, Esquire Environmental Attorney, Annapolis, Maryland

About Dr. Peddicord

Dr. Peddicord has broad experience in assessment and management of environmental risks for a variety of clients, with particular emphasis on all aspects of environmental issues faced by outdoor recreational and law enforcement shooting ranges. His technical activities include conduct of projects, scientific consultation, assessment of potential environmental impacts, development of practical environmental management approaches, siting and designing ranges to minimize potential impacts, ecological risk assessment, regulatory review and negotiation, expert testimony, and regulatory and public interaction.

Dr. Peddicord received a B.S. degree in biology in 1968 from Morehead State University, and a Ph.D. in Marine Science in 1973 from the University of Virginia through the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.