Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cleanup done in Tillamook State Forest...

Incredible cleanup in Tillamook State Forest on Sat, Aug 25, 2018! The Beaver Dam Pit, aka Brown's Camp Gravel Pit, was in real bad shape and quite disgusting. We gave it a scrub down.

35 good hearted volunteers worked their tails off to put this place back to what it should be. CLEAN! Then they eat a great lunch, won some real nice prizes and enjoyed an afternoon of recreation. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!

If you want places to shoot on public lands, you need to clean up each time you go. It's like saying "Thank you for a place to shoot. I appreciate the privilege." If we abuse it, we loose it. Kind of simple.

Thanks & Kuddo's also go out to; Oregon Dept of Forestry, Tillamook County Sheriff's Dept, Cabela's Tualatin, Sportsman's Warehouse Hillsboro, Lucky Sporting Goods Banks OR, HatPointTarget , CRKT Columbia River Knife & Tool and a host of individuals who contributed in so many different ways!















Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Value of a Cleanup


We don’t like cleaning up other peoples trash.  We don’t like seeing our great outdoors littered like a big city street.  We don’t like the damage being done to our natural resources.  We don’t like seeing rules disregarded and disobeyed when we try so hard to follow those rules for the good of all who visit the land.  We don’t like our reputation being ruined by the careless acts of a few who know not what they do and/or don’t seem to care.

But we like what we do.  We like responsibility, stewardship, respect, comradery and a prideful feeling of ownership.  It’s engrained in our souls like chiseled values on a tablet of stone.  It’s what we do, how we live and what we teach.  We are volunteers and stewards of our public lands.

Trash at dispersed shooting sites on public lands is drowning out the beauty of our cherished great outdoors.  It is an eye sore in the face of, what we have known and cherished as, quality recreation.  It is giving the recreational shooting sports a bad look.  And we don’t like that.

So we ban together and set forth to change the world, one dispersed shooting site at a time.  We preach from the heart and teach with example in sincere hope others will see the value and adopt the attitude.  And we love when change happens.

Join us Sat, Aug 25, 2018 in Tillamook State Forest at Brown’s Camp Gravel Pit as we demonstrate our pride, respect and stewardship for the privilege of the recreational shooting sports on public lands.



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!