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Opportunity to help the Forestry Department build a range in Tillamook forest

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by bolus, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I met with the Oregon Department of Forestry for the Tillamook forest (west of Portland) on Friday to discuss our clean up efforts this year.

    Unlike last year, they now have permission to build out areas in the forest that are dedicated shooting areas. Since target shooters caused a large forest fire over the summer by shooting at stumps in the Tillamook forest north of 26th, they decided it would be better to give us dedicated areas to go. Instead of shutting places down after the fire, they want to give shooters better places to go.

    This year will probably just be clearing lanes and setting up berms.

    The Brown camp pit is also going under use a lot this year so it will be shut down quite a bit as well. Plus there are lots of places that people go shooting that are not safe (no backdrop, shooting trees or down roads)

    So they need our help. They dont know details about what a good range would entail. so they are hoping for experienced shooters to go out with them, find locations and discuss building a dedicated range (clearing lanes, berms, etc).

    The long term hope is that we have a cooperative effort between the members of NWFA and the state on these shooting sites. So we direct people to where to shoot, help police them and keep them clean and they support with building services

    They did say, if we had a wealthy member who wants to donate to a large project, we could get a large full scale public range built for us.

    If you are interested in helping let me know. The process is you will meet with Jason at the Department of Forestry and spend 1/2 day to a full day going to see shooting sites. It is preferable if you have rifle range experience (heights and composition of berms, distances that will attract most weekend shooters, widths of lanes, etc).

    thanks to @Norm0931 who has already volunteered to help get things started.

    The brown and green colored areas are tillamook state forest

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  2. Cogs

    Cogs Washougal, WA. Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This is one of the benefits of us, as responsible gun owners, being involved with the Forest Service. By working with them on clean ups and helping to curb trash in the woods, they know where to go for help.

    This is EXCELLENT! Way to go bolus! And kudo's to NWFA volunteers!
     
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  3. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Awesome, I'd be interested in helping out :)
     
  4. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thanks, I'll pm you a scan of Jason's card. give him a call or email saying you are from NWFA and want to help with the Tillamook forest shooting sites.
     
  5. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I would like to participate as well.
     
  6. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    sent you a PM
     
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  7. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Guys, I've already contacted Jason. Just so that he is not overwhelmed with 100 emails and phone calls could you send me a PM if you want to help and what experience you have with ranges. Thanks.
     
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  8. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I spoke with Jason, our contact at the department of forestry. He let me know that there is a really good push from management to get working on building ranges. They hope to have 5 ranges build as soon as possible. This is really exciting.

    Norm is going to coordinate with them to assess possible locations, make sure they are safe locations and discuss the design of the shooting range.

    If you are interested in going out with them to scout a potential site, let Norm know since he will have the schedule.
     
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  9. chris61182

    chris61182 A little west of Portland Active Member

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    I wish I were wealthy, I'd love to be able to donate something like this. Then again, we all kind of do, any idea if they are getting Pittman-Robertson funds for this? (http://range.nra.org/pittman-robertson-funds.aspx)

    Besides that, while I'm not sure I have the sort of expertise to contribute much, I'd love to be kept in the loop as to what's happening.
     
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  10. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Bolus and I will post as much info as possible. One thing I can think of off the top of my head is if you have heavy equipment experience or you OWN heavy equipment and might be willing to help with construction, that would be good info. We'll need to find out how they actually want to build these things, but I feel it's good to be prepared.
     
  11. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Good call Chris. The funds are used in Oregon as part of a grant system for range development from ODFW. Depending on how ODF wants to build and more importantly Pay for these ranges, we might be able to apply for a grant for them and that would cover 70% of the cost. That means we would only need to fund raise 30%.
     
  12. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    THe oregon link on that page is dead. Here is one I found
    http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/range_development.asp

    Grant applications due March 1st.
     
  13. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Awesome news!!!!
     
  14. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I passed this information on to Jason at the DOF. He has already been researching this as a way to get a large scale long term range built for us down the line. (Im starting to like this guy)
     
  15. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Jason will be going out with a small group next week on the 2/18th to check some locations for a potential range. He would like at least one more to join the group to get good input. If you want to join them let me know and I will get you his contact information.
     
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  16. Mark Torrence

    Mark Torrence Beaver, OR Member

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    I would love to be involved in finding a long range shooting spot! I am very available for whatever needs to be done. I live in south Tillamook county. Call if I can help! 503 812 1420!
     
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  17. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Mark, it might be best to PM your phone# to Norm.., this being a public forum and all. ;)
     
  18. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Every Tax Dollar not spent on clean-up is Tax Dollar spent on DHS.
    GET IT?
    Your being profiled as well as working towards your own demise!
    Ignore the meat puppets!
     
  19. Mark Torrence

    Mark Torrence Beaver, OR Member

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    I will! They know who I am anyway!
     
  20. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Just to keep you all up to date. Jason is trying to do a couple of things here. It is more of a three part process. 1st the department t is inventorying shooting spots and determining the if the slot is suitable for safe use as is. These sites will be promoted asap and pushed for shooting use. To attempt to prevent unsafe shooting locations that have no backstop or are literally shooting at a trail or road or other shooting spot. Like 90% of brownscamp shooting spots.

    Part two is improvement. IE improving the mid level spots in existence now. In other words those spots that are decent but could use a better backstop or can easily be made to accommodate more shooters. This us the now to a year to two year plan. These locations would be added to the list of promoted sites. Promoting shooters to go to these sites instead of the lesser safe sites.

    Part three is big. In other words. Planning timber sales or land acquisitions to arrange for a large area where shooting can take place and accommodate larger quantities of shooters safely and away from other areas that the DOF wants for other recreational activities. This is 1-6 year plan.

    Part of this program is education. And that is where we need the most help. Spreading the word. With a large noticeable increase in active new shooters hitting the tillamook state forest the DOF wants to start promoting good shooting sites over just pulling over in the woods and shooting somewhere. The secret spots are a thing of the past. Its promote these spots or the inevitable. Trust me when I say this is the hard path guys. The DOF knows the easy route and it involves something muchbworse for shooters thatvenjoy using the forest land for recreational shooting.

    If you want more info on this or want to help PM me.

    Thanks Reno911
     
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