Sunday, March 11, 2018

Johnny Gets A Safe

Johnny Gets A Safe

The cry for help can sometimes be unheard, overlooked or even disregarded and thought of as being unimportant.  But to the person who needs the help, it is a real and stressful situation.  Such is the case with Johnny.

A concern arose at Johnny’s home where he realized he needed to secure his firearms.  He knew the need had always been there and had hopes of one day purchasing a gun safe and paying to have it installed.  Recently, home security and safety in his household became an urgent and top priority for him.  Living on a limited budget, buying a quality gun safe was always a little out of reach for him.  He needed some help, so, he asked other gun owners for their advice and direction.

That’s when Bryan Olson, Vice President of Trash No Land, heard of Johnny’s plight.  In the hopes of getting the needed help, Olson posted the need to the social media forum Northwest Firearms.  The members there wasted no time to raise over $700 for a new gun safe for Johnny.  Funds raised were enough to purchase a new safe, a dehumidifier and a small handgun safe.  Other contributions, from members, were several trigger locks.

With the help of several volunteers from Northwest Firearms, the safe was delivered and installed in Johnny’s home, this day March 11th, 2018.

Trash No Land and Northwest Firearms recognizes Johnny as being a dedicated volunteer at cleanup events and has a sincere desire to see public lands be respected and open to all.  Although he may have some restrictions because of his wheel chair, he does not hold back from chipping in and giving an honest days work.  We are honored to help him out in this way.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cleanup Jones Creek Area, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Sat April 7, 2018

Upcoming Cleanup event on the Washington side!

Please join us, Saturday April 7th from 9 AM to 1 PM, as we invest a few short hours improving the quality of recreation in the Burn.  With your help, we will be cleaning up several places along the L-1610 road.  This road is one of the most popular entrances to the Yacolt Burn State Forest.  First impressions of a clean pristine forest are important to all who visit.

Event on Trash No Land Event page:

Sign-up Event on Trash No Land Facebook page:

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 26, 2018

New Informational Classes this Spring/Summer

We are launching a new class this spring called "Target Shooting On Public Land".  It's all the things you need to know to shoot responsibly on public land.

Four classes are schedule for this Spring/Summer:

Training Classes: "Target Shooting on Public Land"
March 24 Sportsman's Warehouse, Vancouver:
May 26 Sportsman's Warehouse, Clackamas:
July 28 Sportsman's Warehouse, Hillsboro:
Sept 15 Cabela's: Tualatin

(there could be another one or two).

The class will cover topics like:

Where to shoot?
What to shoot?
How to be legal?
Are there any rules?
Can I shoot milk jugs and propane tanks?
Group shooting & sharing.
Basic firearms safety rules.
Fire/public/personal safety.
What's at stake and how does that effect the next generation?
and more...

First class is scheduled with Sportsman's Warehouse, Vancouver and is posted to our Facebook Events, Northwest Firearms and WaGuns .org.

Your help in spreading the word and sharing this information is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Reasons to support Recreational Shooting and Trash No Land.

The Current State of Recreational Shooting on Public Lands:
  • Trash accumulation at dispersed shooting sites on public lands.  (Lack of stewardship & dumping).
  • Shooters unaware of rules and shooting unlawfully.  (Unsafe conditions & violations of law).
  • Targets being placed on trees, stumps and downed logs.  (Potential fire hazards).
  • Household refuse and appliances being used as targets.  (Wrong choice of targets).
  • Shooting in unsafe locations and directions.  (Public safety issues).
Proposed by Trash No Land and our supporters:
  • Cleanups.  Official and unofficial.  Promote continuous encouragement for ongoing stewardship efforts.
  • Education.  Promote knowledge of rules via word of mouth, social media, publications, classes & events.
  • Awareness.  Inform of issues, conditions, consequences and improvements.
  • Liaison.  Close communication with forest officials to address and improve conditions on behalf of the recreational shooting community.
  • Improvements.  Develop desirable dispersed shooting lanes incorporating fire prevention, public and personal safety, meets rules requirements and ease of cleaning while being environmentally responsible.
  • Maintenance.  Routine repair and upkeep of improved shooting sites and signage.
Trash No Land’s vision for recreational shooting:
  • A cleaner forest.
  • Wide spread knowledge of rules.
  • Adherence to rules.
  • Proper target placement.
  • Proper target selection.
  • Quality dispersed shooting sites.
  • Assistance to forest officials.
  • Improved relations with other recreational activity.
  • No wild fires caused by target shooting.
Join us at our fundraising event and help us do good for our public lands!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thoughts about our First Anniversary Fundraiser

Feb 18, 2017, 1-5 PM, we will celebrate our first year of operating as a non-profit organization.

We are going to meet at the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Public Safety Training Center.  They have meeting facilities and an indoor pistol range.  This is a perfect venue for our organization and we plan to have a great time.

It's going to be a fun event!  All the details are on our website events section First Year Anniversary Event.  More prized and details posted each week.

We've had a challenging 1st year for raising funds.  It's been rather difficult to get people to contribute.  That's why we felt it may be best to have one big event to help carry us through the year (or some of it at least).  I really hate asking and trying to get donations all the time.  I'd rather focus on doing what I originally set out to do.  That is to put boots on the ground and start making a difference.

We don't need a whole lot of cash to do a bunch of good.  I think the volunteers proved that last year when over 150 volunteers ended up removing about 17,000 lbs of trash from the 3 forests around the Portland area.  And out of the 7 cleanups we did, 5 of them did not offer prizes or free lunches!  That tells me, people care more about preserving public land shooting than they do a free lunch.

Still, there is so much more that a non-profit can do, if we have the funds to do it with.  Although we are in a prime position to knock down a grant or two, not many grants are written for what we are doing (which often makes it rather difficult to meet their grant requirements!).  We are currently waiting to hear the status of an application we submitted to the NRA Foundation for a grant that would help us accomplish the upgrades to the Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes.  They could grant all we asked for or just part of it (or none at all!).  I'm hoping for an update by Feb so I can announce it at the event.

I think it's really important for us to show the forest agencies our dedication to preserving and improving recreational shooting.  They need to see we are aggressively working on the cause and working with them.  It makes a huge difference on their decisions when they are often pressured from the other side.

At this event, I'll be reviewing our upcoming plans and events that will explain things in more detail.  Some programs will need some financial help and some will simply need some volunteer help.

Doing an event like this is a whole lot more fun than bothering everyone all year with little hints and suggestions to donate!  We get to meet and greet, win some great stuff, hear directly from our forest officials and even get an opportunity to plink a few targets at the pistol range before or after the event!

I'll be posting some of the prizes and more details about the event as they unfold.  It will be a good time and well worth your efforts to be there!

Thanks All,


Friday, November 17, 2017

It's all in who you know!!!

I don't want to count chickens before they hatch, so, I'll try not to do so in this informational note. If for nothing else, this information means a lot to us at the Trash No Land organization.  It could mean big things coming, or, it could simply mean some great recognition.

This past week, Bryan, our Vice President, and I met with the Statewide Coordinator for the Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Safety Education program. We spent all day with him, and our ODF contact, riding around together having great conversations covering the full spectrum of recreational shooting on public land.

He loves our organization, our direction and our values! He's excited about the fact we are working 'outside the box' in the development of the Wolf Creek shooting lanes in Tillamook State Forest, Oregon, (not your typical shooting range!). He is going to recommend that our organization be included into the Oregon Hunter Safety Education program as part of their statewide class curriculum. (That doesn't mean it's a done deal, but it means there is great hope we may be part of the everyday Hunter Ed classes throughout Oregon). I'm trying to be reasonably by thinking it may only be as a handout brochure, however, it may very well include a bit of discussion on public land target practice and perhaps class use of the lanes for their field requirements.

He has offered several ways to help us towards developing more shooting lanes on state lands. Assistance with ODFW grants for new lanes, required soil studies for federal grants and brochure design and printing are just a few. He will be a great asset to our ability to accomplish our goals of helping to provide quality, safe and sustainable shooting on public lands, raising awareness and causing a positive difference in recreational shooting.

He has invited Bryan and I to speak at the Oregon Association of Shooting Ranges meeting in December in Salem. We accepted. We plan to introduce Trash No Land and speak about our existing and proposed lane developments. The OASR can help in several ways... They are the ones who provide the soil studies we need (at no cost to us), they offer special donations to deserving organizations and offer some other great financial benefits as well.

Here is the letter of support he wrote for our recent grant application, from the NRA Foundation, for the improvements we're seeking at the existing North Fork Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes...

To Whom It May Concern:

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Program would like to express our support for the grant that you are seeking with the NRA Foundation. Your shooting lanes on public lands (partnerships with Oregon Department of Forestry) provides a vital role in providing a safe place for the public to shoot at. These shooting lanes and the mission of the Trash No Lands closely match the mission of the Oregon hunter education program; this mission of promoting safe, lawful, and responsible recreational shooting is much needed. This essential partnership will allow for hunter education instructors to teach future shooters and hunters the proper firearm safety practices at these shooting lanes.

Your concept of providing shooting lanes on public land will allow the public to have a safe place to shoot it will also provide the hunter education program a long term place to provide hunter education instructors a place to do the live fire requirement of these classes. ODFW fully supports any projects that update and expand shooting ranges.

This is a most excellent and valuable contact to have!  I have a good feeling that things will be growing very well for us in 2018!  I hope we live up to their expectations and deliver the team work necessary to accomplishing the goals of achieving positive change in recreational shooting behaviors.

As for the team work part, we just saw it happen in a big way!  Late last week, we heard of the NRA Foundations' grant application that was to close on Nov 14th and if we wanted to get in on that, for financial help this coming Spring/Summer, we'd best apply now!  A few emails and phone calls later, we had several, from our 'War Room' team planning committee forum, working extra overtime to compile all the info needed to satisfy the application requirements.  Down to the wire!!!  It is a $10,000 + grant request to do improvements and upgrades to the existing Wolf Creek Lanes!

I clicked the 'Send' button 2 min's before the deadline and got an immediate response that 2 fields need input.  I uploaded a PDF and edited the second one, then made the mistake of reviewing the rest of the application (for the 5th time at least).  I hit 'Send' again at 7 min's after the deadline!  My heart sunk as I saw the time.  I thought, "I missed it.  After all that work!  I missed it!"  A few min's later I received a confirmation that the application was successfully submitted!  Three days later now, and I just received an official confirmation from the NRA Foundation!  We made it!  Grant Request successfully submitted!

That was real team work!  No way could I have put this together and made the deadline in that short of time by myself.  Thank you to Lisa, our Media Consultant, Randy of ODF, Aaron, our Treasurer/Board of Directors and Bryan our Vice President.  You all took your rolls seriously and didn't waist any time in getting busy to get it done!  THANK YOU!

It's time to dig in, folks, and focus on what we can do to build this organization into a viable, strong and 'get it done' type organization.  We need to build membership, funds, programs and start seeing some results for our efforts.  We need to have a ton of fun while doing it.  This is not work, it's fun with a benefit that makes a difference.  Let's go for it!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Improving Recreational Shooting

The volume of trashed shooting sites, on our public lands nearest to the major metropolitan areas, is a big problem.  Illegal dumping, shooting of trash, unsafe conditions, leaving behind spent targets and casings and a general lack of awareness of rules, is ruining our privilege to shoot on public land.  It reflects badly on all who shoot, whether hunting or simply for target practice.  Left unchecked, our privilege to shoot may soon become a thing of the past.

This would be a sad ending to the generations past, present and future who cherish the freedom to recreate as we wish.  The enjoyment of teaching the young ones, sighting in the hunting rifle, getting to know and use your new or old gun, or just a fun day impressing your friends, could be gone if we don't get involved with correcting the problem now!

Trash No Land is facing this challenge head on.  We are on high alert to this problem and are aggressively involved in providing solutions.  We realize it will take a multitude of efforts to make a difference and we are willing to step up to the plate and knock down a home run or two for recreational shooting.  Are you?

We are currently developing several education and awareness programs that are designed to improve and preserve recreational shooting.  To implement these programs, we have immediate cash needs for the production of printed publications, in-class training materials, video training productions and public land shooting lane developments.

Would you like to see improvements in recreational shooting?  The only thing holding us back is cash money.

With your help of a financial donation, we could reach thousands with our message of responsible shooting on public lands.  If you can help, please consider a contribution to our efforts.  Your donation is tax deducible.

Use your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. .

To learn more about Trash No Land or to become a member, visit our website at .

 Thank you!

Bill Cogley