Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Update on North Fork Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes Improvement Work...

Delay after delay! Add this, add that! Cost is up there now! But wow, they will be so much better than the original build. Here's the low down...

Original estimate of $10,220 was, what we thought last year, very reasonable based on the original construction cost that was around $30,000+ for the whole project from scratch. We had planned on dropping some new dirt for the berms, grading the lanes for drainage and lay down some gravel. So, in good faith, we submitted the proposal to the NRA Foundation for a $10,220 grant and was awarded that grant.

Since then, ODF hired a Range Design Consultant to give us his thoughts on our upgrade project. He made some recommendations that we liked and incorporated them into the plan. It meant more materials and more excavation work but we thought we'd be okay with that. (I love the final plan and it certainly is a better way to do it!).

Then a delay for the ODF engineer to draw up the plans and calculate needed materials. He just got that done week before last! Our deadline for completing the project was Nov 1st! Yikes!

Our first contractor bid, last week, came in at $46,000+ (included all excavation, purchasing materials and delivery to site)! Sticker shock! He is a great contractor and I have no doubt he would do a fantastic job. However, we're way short.

I contacted the NRA Foundation and was granted an extension of our deadline to Dec 1st. Now we have a little more time to regroup and re-plan.

Here's what we'll need to do...

Try to get Lane 3 done with our $10k money. Raise funds to do Lane 4 and continue fundraising to get 2 & 3 done. If our contractor comes in low enough on lane 3 bid, we may be able to do lane 1 or 2 with this grant money and/or supplement with some donation monies.

ODF is chipping in two of the types of gravel and rock we need. Trash No Land will purchase the 1/4-10 impact gravel and the concrete ecology blocks. TNL will also pay for the delivery of those materials to the site at lane 3. It should be about a $3,000 bill. That leaves us with $7,000 for the excavation contractor to sculpt it all into shape at lane 3.

I meet with another contractor at the lane 3 this weekend so he can submit a bid for that lane. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. He is available to start in Nov. and won't take long to get that lane done.

If you have a referral of a trucking company who can transport the Eco Blocks, let me know real soon! We'll need to arrange to pick up 9 full sized blocks, 2'x2'x6' (4000lbs ea) and 3 half sized 2'x2'x3' blocks (2000lbs ea) and transport from, I think McMinnville, to NF Wolf Creek Rd. I'm seeing transport costs at around $100/hr charged portal to portal.

Believe me, I pretty bummed that we can't get all 4 lanes done right now. I'm really hoping the community will come together to help finish the whole thing sooner than later. After all, it is a community place and we all benefit from such an awesome place to shoot.

Here's some of the details:

When the lanes were new... Simply piled up dirt that was readily at hand, and a little gravel.

We are going to widen the firing line by moving the right set of jersey barriers over about 6 ft to the right. The short berm will be also be wider, to the right, yet we'll be able to maintain a clear shot to the long berm.

Current condition, 2018...

Primary goal is to rebuild these lanes with the kinds of materials that will afford long term sustainability. We don't want to have to come back every couple of years and simply dump more dirt. We may need to shovel up some of the 1/4-10 material from time to time, but it should be less work in the long run.

Rebuild the short pistol berm with Eco Block inside, 6" minus rock, Pit Run, behind and under the 1/4-10 impact gravel. 2 ft of 1/4-10 over top and down the front facing slope...

Put in a 2nd backstop in front of the hill for the long range berm. Build up is same as the short range berm and backfill to the hill. Sculpt it to flow into the hillside grade.

So that's where we stand right now. Aggressively going after this and hoping we can accomplish lane 3 at least. If we raise enough to do lanes 1 and/or 2 before this is done, we'll certainly do that (Should be about $5000+/- to do 1 & 2). Afterward, we'll plan on about a $15,000 fundraiser for lane 4.

Hope that brings you all up to date.

Bill Cogley

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!