NF Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes Upgrade Project...

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  1. Cogs

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    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.

    Lane 3 when new.jpg
    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...

    NF Wolf Creek Lane 3.jpg
    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...

    Lane 3 drawing Short Berm 2.jpg
    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.

    Lane 3 drawing Long Berm 2.jpg
    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.
     
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    20180917_112236.jpg Maybe we should chat privately. I have 50-60 of the 2x2x6 eco blocks sitting in Buxton and the means to load and transport them.

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    Them be the ones we're looking for! Lane 3 needs 9 full sized and 3 half sized blocks. Wow, that's even closer than McMinnville, where I had planned on buying the blocks before delivery! What's the price on them? A delivery charge?

    So far, I have material costs from $365 to $400 and a trucking company pickup/delivery from $400 to $650 portal to portal.

    My contractor could possibly meet at the big turn out, on NF Wolf Creek Rd just off the Hwy 26, to off load and haul up the hill to lane 3. Unless you think your truck could get up to lane 3? That would help his bid!
     
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    Let me do math tomorrow when I'm not under the influence.

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    I don't have any of the half size blocks. The full size ones I can provide 9 and deliver them for $460. I'm pretty sure we can get them up to lane 3.

    The half blocks we could just do with a pickup and two axle trailer to Mac. Reno 911 and I could treat it like a beer run.

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    This is very cool! Thank you @nehalemguy !!! It could very well mean the difference if we get lane 3 done! I'll accept that bid! And I'll cover the gas for the trip for the half blocks and a lunch for you and @Reno911 . We'll work out the scheduling & details by PM soon.

    I should have the bid, for doing lane 3, about Monday. He'll also include options for doing lanes 1 & 2 at the same time. We'll see where we land with the funds we have. I have a feeling we'll need to do a fundraiser to get 1 and/or 2 done at this time. Later, a fundraiser to do lane 4 (because it's a spendy one).

    Wow, what a nice day out there today! Perfect temp, clear skies and really good people! The guys in the video shared the lane with me. They even did their own cleanup when done! Great group of guys!

    Later, when I went to lane 2 AND lane 1, people at each lane were about to leave and as we walked up they were collecting their used targets and loading them into their cars. Really pleased to see the stewardship and sharing happening out there!

    Stay tuned for further updates as we get 'em!

     
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    Heck ya!

    Thanks a bunch!
    Let me know when.
     
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    I will be off elk hunting from the 19th to 28th.

    When are thinking Mike will want them?

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    Most likely the end of the first week, maybe 2nd week of Nov.
     
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    ONE WEEK SHOOTING LANE CLOSURE AT NORTH FORK WOLF CREEK ROAD, IN TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST!

    ~PLUS~

    CLEANUP SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOV 3RD, @ 9 AM!

    The popular improved dispersed shooting lanes, at North Fork Wolf Creek Rd in Tillamook State Forest, will be closed starting Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 7 AM, for upgrade work on lane 3. All lanes will be closed, for contractor safety, for an estimated one week, or until work is complete.

    Volunteers are encouraged to come help clean up all 4 lanes, on Nov 3rd, starting at 9 AM. Trash volume is low and work will be minimal. We want to have the lanes clean prior to contractor work. You are welcome to use the lanes after the cleanup is completed, however, the lanes will be closed to the public starting Saturday morning.

    Meet at Lane 3: Google Maps

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    The Trash No Land organization is working with the Oregon Department of Forestry to improve the existing dispersed shooting lanes at North Fork Wolf Creek Rd. Lane 3 work is being funded by a grant from the NRA Foundation, along with, contributions from ODF and managed by Trash No Land.

    The work planned for Lane 3 will include a rebuilt short range pistol berm. A new berm for the long range in front of the hillside backstop, grading and gravel of the lane surface. The short pistol berm will be wider and the firing line Jersey Barriers will be aligned to accommodate the new berm width.

    Designed for maximum stopping power and bullet retention, these improvements will be enjoyed by many visitors for years to come! Our goal is to provide long term sustainability for these lanes, improved safety, improved fire prevention measures and less maintenance.


    Rebuild pistol berm.
    Lane 3 drawing Short Berm.JPG

    New Berm for long range in front of hillside.
    Lane 3 drawing Long Berm.JPG

    Wider pistol berm and relocate part of firing line.
    Lane 3 3D.JPG

    Grade and gravel lane surface.
    Lane 3 Details.JPG

    Thank you for your patients and understanding. It will be worth it!

    Questions? Ask away here or Email Bill Cogley at: bill@trashnoland.org
     
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    If you are going to NF Wolf Creek this weekend, be sure to tell others about the 1 week closure starting the 3rd. Also mention the cleanup on the 3rd.

    There is always someone who shows up and gets all bent out of shape because they spent all that time and gas to get there, just to find it's closed. Not everyone uses social media!

    ODF will be putting it in their blog as well. When the do, it will be here: Tillamook State Forest Blog: Target Shooting You might want to subscribe.

    Let us know the trash condition!

    Thanks!
     
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    Will the road get worked on too ?
    My honda civic has problems with pot holes and deep ruts.
     
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    I wish! No plans for that yet. I keep mentioning it to ODF. Hope to get that part one day soon!
     
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    Your civic needs some upgrades!
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    Just kidding.

    The road is an easy fix. ODF may end up helping us out with this one in time to come.

    It may end up being a volunteer party getting up there to fill some holes with gravel.
     
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    NO TARGET SHOOTING FOR ONE WEEK!

    All 4 shooting lanes will be closed from Nov 3rd to Nov 10, or until work is complete, for the rebuild of Lane 3.

    Join us Sat, Nov 3rd for a cleanup and review of our plans for the North Fork Wolf Creek Rd Recreational Shooting Lanes! Meet at 9 AM.

    Map: Google Maps

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    May I take a moment to give a SHOUT OUT? @nehalemguy is an awesome guy! This strong supporter of the N Fork Wolf Creek Rd Shooting Lanes has donated over half the cost of our Ecology Block materials for the improvements to Lane 3! It was going to cost us over $1 grand, just for the blocks W/delivery, until he stepped in and offered the blocks for under $500! Delivered!

    Then, the dude went another couple miles and offered to pick up and deliver 3 more half blocks, from Cal Portland in McMinnville, and deliver them to lane 3 at no extra charge! I offered to pay for the gas, at least, and he says "don't worry 'bout it"! WTF?!!! Hell of a guy to do business with!

    This is the kind of support we need to get this work done. We all are in favor of having a quality place to do our kind of recreation and improving these shooting lanes benefits us all. So I'm really grateful to nehalemguy for his contribution! It means the NRA Grant money goes a little further and we get more done!

    So, if you ever need a contractor, call nehalemguy! His company is Five Star Builders, Banks, OR. Five Stars in my book baby!

    Thank you Eric!

    Design Build Contractor, Metal Buildings - Five Star Builders - Portland, Or

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    I'm amazed at the response from people on Facebook and Twitter about this post! Positive responses, a bunch of 'Likes' and several 'Shares' and 'Retweets' on it! People seem to like Five Star and his donation to the cause! Great to see this kind of reaction to, what I thought was, a simple 'Kudos' to nehalemguy!
     
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    The work is done and all that's left is the final inspection. Reno and I will do that tomorrow morning. If all is done per our agreement, we can open the lanes.

    Stay tuned for an announcement tomorrow!!!

    Here's a pic of the new berm installed IN FRONT of the hillside backstop. Pic from this past week during installation...

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    Contractor just sent this pic...

    Finished lane 3.jpg
    ;)I like how the short berm is moved over to the right and the long lane is separated by moving the jersey barriers further to the right. It meant removing a couple of stumps, (far right, now unseen), and moving the lane 'sign' further to the right. The short berm is now wider, and taller, than the original.

    The color of the gravel looks weird, in this picture, but i think it may help the targets to stand out better when placed in front of the berms (it's because we used 'Washed 1/4-10 gravel' for the impact zones). I'll get a better perspective when I see it tomorrow.

    I sure hope we can all appreciate what went into this improvement. Over $15,000 to get this done! It's going to take close to twice that to get lanes 1 & 4 completed! I really hope the shooting community steps up to help get the other lanes done. I'm willing to do it, if you all can help with some funds. Will let you know about the future of lanes 1 & 4 soon. Fundraiser on the rise!
     
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