Oh good (on both accounts). Last week, I saw the holes at the gate were same as last year, or two, where it looks like someone dug their tires into the gravel and created some deep ruts. Glad they got that fixed. Hope they got the others up the road.Hey Bill. Just got up here and the gate is open. Also looks like they've done some pot hole filling on the main road.
That could be a logical explanation, and a good reason for locking. Thanks for the report.So now that I am home: The main road has been done at least as far as the Nofo turnoff. The road up to the lanes was also done and they fixed that real bad spot after lane 2.
There are a coupe of gals that have been stuck up on lane 4 with a broke car for a few days they said, and it very well could be they chained the gate for safety. I did not ask them.
You'll find the same concerns and conditions at most any dispersed shooting place on public land.
Thank you @CogsYou'll find the same concerns and conditions at most any dispersed shooting place on public land.
From the safety concerns to the mud issues to the trash left behind, these are all common to public land shooting places.
At least we tried to make a place where shooting could be done in a reasonably safe manner, and at the same time, offer some pretty nice conveniences to the shooter. If everyone would shoot responsibly, it would be perfectly safe (same goes with any other place in the woods).
Yes, it's busy! It is, perhaps, the most popular place to shoot in the Northwest on public lands. And there's no one entity responsible for maintaining it. It's up to us, the users.
We certainly could do more improvements, like gravel on the lanes, build up higher backstops, and perhaps high sidewalls down each lane, but that takes a few thousands of dollars (and seems like there's no interest in raising those dollars). I usually head up the fundraising, but I need help doing it. Otherwise, I'm not so sure I want to do it all alone anymore. It's a lot of work!
So, like any other dispersed shooting place, we're constantly trying to keep up with the trash. Even that is a 'no interest ' thing with most people.
This place is public. It's ours. We are the ones who use it and are supposed to take care of it. If we don't, ODF won't be interested in helping us put in other places like it.
I hope those of you who use it will chip in to help maintain it. There won't be another large group cleanup till next spring. We'll need people to do what they can as they recreate.