Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Clackamas Stewardship Partnership Meeting 8-14-18


Trash No Land was invited to a meeting with Clackamas Stewardship Partnership (CSP) a Forest Collaborative in Clackamas County.  TNL President, Bill Cogley, and board member Craig Yon attended the event, held in the Mt Hood National Forest.  Amongst the group who attended were representatives of the USFS Mt Hood, Clackamas County Dump Stoppers and a wide variety of folks from Soil & Water, DEW, private forestry, recreation/conservation advocacy groups, and more (25 attendees in all). All of whom are thoughtful and concerned about mindful stewardship on our forest lands.  It was a tour of stewardship project sites on County and other USFS or BLM lands.  Robert Roth is the CSP facilitator and coordinator for the trip.
The tour included a presentation from Dave Chase and Samantha Wolf on the Dump Stoppers program, a presentation from the CSP and a presentation from Trash No Land about our work with the firearm community, stewardship and activities, as well as, potential fire hazards and reduction recommendations.
We started our tour at a dispersed shooting site, (where shooting should have never-ever taken place), and we had a long talk about what was wrong there, the effects it has on the forest, the bad look it gives to the recreational shooting sports and our efforts to improve stewardship.  Throughout the day, target shooting was an ongoing topic.

Next stop was a site where we discussed unauthorized OHV travel and the restoration work being done there.
We traveled up the NF 45 Rd to the South Fork Culvert Replacement project where we had a first-hand opportunity to see the magnitude of the work in progress.
A really good thing is being done, not only to replace a failing culvert, but to restore and reconnect the fish and aquatic habitat with one fluid, navigable, stream.  It had been blocked to passage, up and downstream, because of a flood that damaged the old culvert and a waterfall off the end with a 6 foot drop.  These problems effectively created a separation of life up stream from the downstream crowd.  Soon, they will all live in peace and harmony!
The project contract cost is $684,000, with $225,000 from retained receipts from timber sales in the Mt. Hood National Forest and the balance from PGE.  In addition, Forest Service design and administration costs totaled about $20,300.  We met and talked with the awesome construction crew.  They said it’s one of their larger projects
 They are doing a fantastic job!
It was a good day and a day well worth the time invested.  It was a good thing for us to share our work with a group of other concerned organizations.  They now have a better understanding of our challenges and efforts to improve the recreational shooting sports on public lands.

Stewardship Keeps It Open!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cleanup at Tillamook Beaver Dam Rock Quarry


We will be cleaning up the Browns Camp gravel pit, (Beaver Dam Rock Quarry in The Tillamook State Forest), where a lot of target shooting takes place and needs our stewardship attention.

Win some awesome prizes in our free raffle!  We encourage you to support our vendors who graciously donated to furthering our cause for responsible recreational shooting.



Silent Auction:  We'll have a couple special items available for bidding in our silent auction!  Help support Trash No Land in our endeavors to save and improve recreational shooting on public lands!

We meet at 9 AM, Safety briefing at 9:15, Lunch & prizes at 12 noon.  You may stay and play with a group shoot after the event, if shooting is allowed by ODF on that date.

Meeting place:
GPS:  45°36'40.4"N 123°21'45.8"W

Potluck Lunch:  Bring something to share!  Trash No Land is in for bringing a bunch of hot dogs, buns & condomints, but we'll need something to go with it.  Salads, drinks and snacks!  Thank you!!!

This event is open to the Public, Family, Kids 12 & over and your Friends.  All are welcome!

Tillamook State Forest will provide the trash bags and disposal!  (Thank you TSF!)

You'll need to bring Gloves, Boots, Rake, Picker, Magnet, and what you feel helps get it done. If you can, we could use a couple Wheelbarrows or Wagons, Pick-up trucks & trailers that are OK to haul garbage.

Firearm Policy:  Handling or use of a firearm during event hours is not allowed at our events and is not an official part of our events. You may recreate as you wish after the event concludes.



Stewardship Keeps It Open!

Friday, July 27, 2018

To shoot or not to shoot?

 It's that time of year, once again, that we need to ask ourselves; should I go shooting or not?

We know people are anxious to go recreational shooting in the forest on a weekend, but, consider the high risk of fire danger! Perhaps you could put it off until conditions improve.

We've just heard about the closure to some recreational activity, including target shooting, in the Mt. Hood National Forest because of high fire danger. So far, we have not heard of any other closures on WA or OR state lands.

So, if you decide to go shooting, here's some things you need to consider:
  • Shoot early and not after 1 pm.
  • Choose a place without dry grass or brush. (Gravel pit offers good protection against fire starts but don't shoot into or use rocks as a backstop. Most gravel pits have some good backstops of real small/fine gravel or dirt. Ricochet is common even off loose gravel.) Dirt backstops are always best!
  • Fire Prevention Gear is required. Min gear, FOR ALL VEHICLES TRAVELING IN THE FORESTS, is at least 1 gallon of water, (or a 2.5 lb fire extinguisher), and a shovel. The shovel needs to be at least 26" long with an 8" blade. More water, a bigger extinguisher and a hatchet or axe is always better.
  • No targets on trees, stumps or logs!!! They will burn inside and you may not see the smoke.

Other info and details about shooting in the fire season can be found on our Trash No Land website, http://trashnoland.org/fire.html



The shooter is the first responder and is the best person to stop a fire in it's tracks. Be safe out there!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A SMOKING STUMP

WA DNR FIRE CREW SNUFF OUT A SMOKING STUMP.

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, a 90 degree day, a DNR Fire crew responded to a report from a target shooter of smoke rising from a stump in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. The stump was being used as a backstop for target shooting. DNR Fire quickly responded and extinguished the smoldering embers before it ignited into flames.


Target shooting can and does start fires under certain conditions. Never use stumps, down logs, and trees as they are prime with dry tinder and can easily start a wildfire.

This particular stump has thousands of rounds inside, as it has been used as a backstop for years. Many of the rounds are of steel and copper core. The wood has been mulched down into soft fine shavings of fire starting tinder. As bullets collide with each other, you get sparks inside the stump that begin to smolder.


When steel and copper core bullets strike a hard surface, steel/rock/other bullets, a tremendous amount of friction is generated. Friction is heat. Super heated fragments, very tiny in size, fly off in various directions. They can land in dry tinder and smolder for quite some time. The heat associated with the bullet or bullet fragments can and has, as we witnessed today, created fire in stumps and logs.


Work in the field, such as flush cutting stumps and logs, have shown where the wood, in the stump, has been charred around the bullet or bullet fragment. You may be long gone when a fire actually ignites.

The shooter had noticed smoke rising from the stump and promptly notified fire officials. The shooter had also dug out part of the smoldering area of the stump to allow water to penetrate the burning area more quickly.

This is a reminder of the importance to ALWAYS TAKE FIRE PREVENTION GEAR with you at all times when shooting. (It's a requirement in the fire season, but responsible shooters pack it year round). And never use trees, logs or stumps as backstops! You need a 2 1/2 to 5 pound fire extinguisher, 1-2 gallons of water and a shovel, as minimum gear.


On hot days, it's best to shoot early in the morning or not shoot at all that day. Avoid using steel targets on hot days. Use lead bullets rather than copper or steel core types.

Being responsible is easy and it's an important part of preserving our privilege to shoot on public lands. If we destroy it, we loose it. Kind of simple. Do it right and Trash No Land!


More info on fire prevention in target shooting at:  http://trashnoland.org/fire.html

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Miller Quarry Cleanup with BLM in Welches, OR.


Miller Rd, Welches, Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/P8YmhX8mWMF2
GPS:  45.366495, -122.007198

Directions:  From Sandy, Oregon, Head East on US Hwy 26 E, 14 miles (16 mins) to Right on Miller Rd. Follow ‘Cleanup’ direction signs.

Details:  Join Trash No Land, Clackamas County Dump Stoppers and the Bureau of Land Management for a Stewardship cleanup at Miller Quarry in the Welches area.  We will be cleaning up the Quarry and neighboring private land.

Bring:  Your own lunch, outdoor clothing, boots, gloves, rakes, magnet & manual pickers and a stewards heart!

All are welcome!  We recommend children be of age 12 or older and be under adult supervision as there may be hazardous materials and sharp objects.

After the event, enjoy an afternoon of recreation as you wish!  If you plan to shoot after the cleanup, be sure you have legal targets, target stands, fire prevention gear, eye and ear protection!  Public Land ONLY.

Firearm Policy:  Handling or use of a firearm during event hours is not allowed at our events and is not an official part of our events.  You may recreate as you wish after the event concludes.

Sat, June 23.  9 AM to 1 PM.  Miller Rd,  Welches,  OR.

Questions?  Email Bill Cogley, Trash No Land, President, at info@trashnoland.org
 
Sponsored by  Trash No Land,  Clackamas County Dump Stoppers,  BLM.
 
Trespassing and Target Shooting on private land is illegal without permission from the land owner.  The lower section of Miller Rd is private land, yet, there has been shooting in that area.  Trash No Land has been given permission to enter the private area for cleanup only.  We appreciate good neighbors and respect their land.

Support the shooting sports by not trespassing & shooting on private land without permission!
 
Stewardship Keeps It Open!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Target Shooting On Public Land Informational Class May 26, 2018

Next class is Sat, May 26th, Sportsman's Warehouse Happy Valley!  "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



The class will cover topics such as:
  • 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.
  • Etiquette.
  • Ethics.
  • Basic firearms safety rules.
  • Fire/public/personal safety.
  • What's at stake and how does that effect the next generation?
  • and more...
This class is scheduled with Sportsman's Warehouse, Happy Valley.

Website Event:  http://trashnoland.org/information_class_5-26-18.html

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

Thank you!

Bill 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes Spring Cleanup!


Current Event

Wolf Creek Lanes Spring Cleanup!

North Fork Wolf Creek Rd in Tillamook State Forest

Sat, May 12, 2018.  9 AM to 1 PM

 

GPS:  45°46'59.5"N 123°21'54.6"W

Hwy 26 West, 35 miles from the Hwy 217 junction at Beaverton.  Turn Right onto North Fork Wolf Creek Rd, take 2nd right up hill to shooting lanes.  Meet at lane 3.

Details:

Join Trash No Land and the Oregon Department of Forestry to show some care~n~share for the Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes.  We will be cleaning up the Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes and several surrounding dispersed shooting locations close by.

The event starts at 9:00 am and ends around 1:00 pm.

Bring; Your own lunch, outdoor clothing, boots, gloves, rakes, magnet & manual pickers and a stewards heart!  We need a few pickup trucks to help haul trash to the dumpster located on North Fork Wolf Creek Rd.

After the event, enjoy an afternoon of recreation as you wish!  Join in at The After Party and have a blast!  Bring some fire power and legal targets!

All are welcome!  We recommend children be of age 12 or older and be under adult supervision as there may be hazardous materials and sharp objects.
Firearm Policy:  Handling or use of a firearm during event hours is not allowed at our events and is not an official part of our events.  You may recreate as you wish after the event concludes.


Questions?  Email Bill Cogley, Trash No Land, President, at info@trashnoland.org

Sponsored by   Trash No Land      Oregon Dept of Forestry


 Stewardship Keeps It Open!