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Thanks for cleaning up!

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by folksinger, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. folksinger

    folksinger Portland New Member

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    been out to a few of my favorite shooting spots lately near the Battle Ground area and they've all been cleaned up! I always bring tarps and try and take more than I shot, but someone went in there and really gave it some time, even took care of some of the junk people dumped. If you're one of those people - Thanks a lot!
     
  2. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Maybe NWFA.com could adopt some shooting areas,,, maybe do an annual clean up,,,, maybe pick one a month and members in that area could volunteer and pool some money for dump fees.
     
  3. bt97006

    bt97006 Aloha Member

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    I'm in. I'd be free on weekends. Anybody up for the quarry at Brown's Camp to get things rolling? It seems like a popular spot for folks on the Westside and I for one would sure hate to see it shut down again. Last time I was there it was getting trashed up again. I took what I could but it needs to be a group effort to get everything picked up. An idea I had was to build some nice heavy duty target stands (4x4's as a base?) and place them up there in hopes that people would utilize them instead of shooting at junk and trash. Any takers on a cleanup or constructing target stands?
     
  4. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I shoot mainly at a range, however, I think a valid point is being made. Shooters seem to generate plenty of bad public image. We seem to lose more ground and rights to exercise our sport by acting exactly like the non shooting public expects. A non shooter goes out for a nice day in the outdoors and sees casings, beer cans, and shot up trees. We aren't the only ones that do damage, but let's get real, we get blamed. I have friends that love the pristine outdoors as much as I love to shoot. My cousin, the tree hugger/ backpacker, hates hearing shots and wondering if this is a responsible shooter with a back drop or some idiot shooting up sapplings and sending bullets towards his kids. Any one of us that is a father understands. Maybe a few programs like this and some smart promotion and we could start to turn it a little. I am physically unable to go out but I would be willing to donate to dump fees. I think there are many others who would also. I don't want to start a war here, but we need more of this kind of talk on this site and less about how and where we can pack guns. Let's clean up our own backyard first. Gunnails, folksinger and bt97006 are people to listen to.
     
  5. bt97006

    bt97006 Aloha Member

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    Lets not just talk about this. Action is the answer. Let's get this organized. Memaloose is already gone from what I'm reading. If we as shooters don't change, it won't be long before it's all shut down to plinking and shooting.
     
  6. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I have a 5'x10' utility trailer I could dragup and would be happy to empty if folks would like to kick in for dump fees, I think a lot could be recycled. Last time I was up at Browns 2 weeks ago all I realy remember is seeing is lots of brass and shotgun shells, some beer cans, the pit didn't look all that bad.

    At any point, if 6 guys showed up and spent 1 to 2 hours cleaning, followed by 1 to 2 hours a shooting.

    Maybe hang a sighn, clean up sponsored by NWFA.com.

    A trailer load of debris runs around $50.
     
  7. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I will pay $25 dollars towards the dump fee for each of 2 clean-ups. Total $50 Send PM
     
  8. sillyrabbit

    sillyrabbit Salem, Oregon Member

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    Count me in and I alslo have a trailer to use
     
  9. ron22250

    ron22250 Newberg Member

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    A BIG thanks to everyone who cleans up :thumbup: :thumbup:
     
  10. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    We clean up Memaloose regularly, however we would gladly come help at another range. If i wasn't swamped organizing the full auto shoot at memaloose and trying to get it re-opened i would organize a clean up at another range.

    PM me when there is a date, and a location and we will see about coming to help.
     
  11. bt97006

    bt97006 Aloha Member

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    Labor Day weekend?? I realize lots of folks would be out of town but there might just be extra hands up shooting that weekend that we could rope into helping out. Like I said I'm usually available on weekends so somebody pick a date/time. I have a small pickup and can kick in some money for dump fees.:thumbup:
     
  12. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The only problem here is that we are talking about one site, one clean-up. It is a great start and the response is great, but I was hoping to hear the same responses from many different areas. (I was hoping snowball effect) I am just thinking out loud here, but maybe it is the dump fees and gas costs that are keeping some people quiet that might otherwise speak up. I wonder if NWFA had an account, if more members wouldn't forgo one box of shells every few months and donate the money to the fund. It wouldn't be hard to imagine that a few of the sponsors above, if approached correctly, might not help just a little. I know our remodel company could help some. There must be many out there. What we need is someone from each area that would organize their own area. Preferably one of those that use these places a lot. There have already been some great examples on this site. All you would have to do is post that you were organizing and here is your phone number, notify the Forest Service or owner of the property what you are doing and post a sign. A few of these and the Forest Service might start to look at the shooters like caretakers of the land instead of just pests that cause a lot of headaches We have one strike against us from the start. 2nd Amendment Rights mean nothing to the non shooters. It is an important issue, but gets so much time, written word and money, while the bulk of the shooters lose local battles every day. Just look at the posts on this great site. How many are about "can we carry a canon on our hip in this public place" and how many about the the shooter who wants to take his Bushmaster, or his .22 out for a day of responsible shooting. My point is that the 2nd Amendment warriors have their battle and they take it seriously and with enthusiasm. If the rest of us don't start courting the non-shooting people that make the decisions about our future as shooters with the same enthusiasm, our "opportunities and right" will quickly erode. A good start would be this clean-up program. Sorry to be so wordy. It is the most I written since college. Good Shooting!
     
  13. Brandon44647

    Brandon44647 Portland Member

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    I can think of a few areas that might need some cleanup,There are a couple of areas off the Mololla river & Sawtell Rd. I'm thinking a sign of some sort saying THIS AREA CLEANED UP BY NWFA.com , PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO HELP KEEP IT OPEN. Just a thought.....
     
  14. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    A simple posterboard sign driven in by a stake would work to show off. Plus it's fairly bio-degradeable for the assmonkey that's going to tear it up to be a punk. I'm offering my time on a Sunday or Monday at any sight around the Portland area. Brown's needs it BAD asap though.
     
  15. Warthog

    Warthog Turner, OR Active Member

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    I am not sure of where to shoot around Salem, but I'd be more than happy to bring my pick up and older boys to help do a clean up. Just need cash for the dump, It's $13 bucks for a truck load on OCI hill. If somebody wants to take me up on my offer pm me and I will be there. I think its a great idea to stop complaining and take action, not just on clean up, but in other areas of gun rights as well. We have to start somewhere.
     
  16. Muddman

    Muddman Aloha Member

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    I contacted someone I know from the Forestry Service about cleaning up the pit at Browns Camp and this the response.

    Hi Mike,

    It’s good to hear from you! I can certainly help set up a clean-up day at the Browns Camp rock pit. I’d need at least a week’s notice so I could post something the previous weekend on the information board. On the day of the activity I can put up signs to close the pit for a half day, provide SOLV bags for the clean-up and all debris can be put in the big dumpster in the Day Use Area at Browns Camp.

    I am headed out to the woods now but could call you tomorrow to discuss your plans if you would like.

    Stephanie A. Beall

    Recreation Specialist

    Tillamook State Forest
     
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  17. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Muddman, great job. This is exactly what we need. It is a great example of a single contact that accomplished many things. If we follow through, Stephanie Beall will think better of shooters, she's bound to tell co-workers. It may be a small step forward, but it is forward. Give us as much notice as you can. I will try to be there.
     
  18. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    always bring a large magnet it makes steel case ammo and shotguns shell P/U easy!
     
  19. bt97006

    bt97006 Aloha Member

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    Great job muddman! I'll be there whenever we decide to make this happen. All we have to do is show up to clean. No trailers or dump fees. Sounds like the forest service is on our side and is willing to provide trash bags and a dumpster. I'm out of town this weekend but I'll try to get on touch with them monday as well so we can setup something for next weekend.
     
  20. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Props to MuddMan.

    I got at least one large magnet.

    I am happy to do the dirty work of cleaning up, I just don't want to be the point guy for the opperation.

    Name the day and I will be there.