It was a good year! Thanks to all who volunteered, supported and co-sponsored! Your ‘Shootership‘ is greatly appreciated! Thank you ALL!!!
Cleanups were the major efforts. We sponsored and co-sponsored seven large group cleanup events in Oregon & Washington, totaling 1,564 Cu Yrds of trash removed from our public lands (that’s 52 thirty yard dumpsters)! A total of 163 volunteers put in 1,304 hours!
A special THANK YOU goes out to all our event partners this year!
Washington Backcountry Hunters and Anglers,
Armed Forces Initiative
Public Land Stewards-Bend
Piston’s Wild Motorsports Club
Jones Creek Trail Riders Association
Back County Horsemen of Washington
Chinook Trails Association
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Oregon Dept of Forestry
Washington Dept of Natural Resources
Deschutes National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest
Bureau of Land Management
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
Linn County Sheriff’s Office
Albany Beggs Tire & Wheel
Sporting Systems, Vancouver
Tick Licker Firearms
Les Schwab Tires
Waste Connections, Inc.
Gills Point S Tire & Auto
In addition to the official group cleanups,
there were many other target shooter individuals who demonstrated their ‘Shootership‘ with ‘Random Acts of Cleanups‘ throughout the Northwest.
Some of those include:
Darrington, WA, where Patrick Vanderpool organized a cleanup at the Suiattle Rv Pits. He had 15 volunteers, filled up a 6×10 dump trailer and a 7×14 dump trailer, and they spent just four hours to get it done.
Trash No Land provided the lunch and Cabela’s donated some volunteer appreciation prizes. Nice work Pat and crew!
Mary’s Peak, OR. was the location of a major, and lengthy, cleanup by Craig & Tracy Yon of Albany (Tracy is TNL’s Vice President and Craig is on our Board of Directors). They found a large abandoned camp dump site in the Mary’s Peak BLM forest area and spend many days/hours/trips to get it cleaned up.
8,760 pounds of garbage taken to Coffin Butte Transfer Station.
Total dump fees $522.45, graciously paid by the nonprofit Trash No Land!
9 trips total from Albany to the location. Close to 100 miles each round trip.
This couple have been practicing their stewardship in the Mary’s Peak area for many years. They volunteer their time and resources on BLM Lands, Siuslaw National Forest and state public lands. While the majority of their efforts are mostly at dispersed target shooting locations, they also clean up trash at any place in the forest. In addition, they are also known to cleaning up target shooting spots on some private neighboring forest property.
In the Tahuya State Forest, WA, Niko put together a nice cleanup at Stimson Creek target shooting spot. He put a shout-out for some help to clean a popular target shooting spot in the Tahuya State Forest and got the help of 10 volunteers. They worked as a great team to remove 47 bags of trash over a 5 hour period on Sunday, Nov 5th. Way to go Niko!
Yacolt Burn State Forest, WA, is where TNL’s President Bill Cogley performed a few Random Acts of Cleanups this year. While primarily focusing on the Southern end of the forest, he found multiple dumps on one dead end spur road. It included a piano, a jet ski, multiple bags of garbage, tarps and a large paper dump. Although not at a shooting site, Bill cleaned it up for the good of all who recreate on our public lands.
Neal Creek, OR, is where Craig and son Mat Yon found a large tire dump and took swift action. The father-and-son team hustled weight for several hours, lifting the abandoned tires up an embankment and using such tools as ropes, manual and truck pulling, pulley rigging around trees, and some good old fashioned muscle power. Craig and Mat quickly devised a plan for how the tires would be handled after their hard labor was done. They made a call to Albany Beggs Tire & Wheel, which accepted the tires for recycling.
On the Mt Hood National Forest, OR, Bill Cogley went on a simple trip to scout target shooting sites and had planned on giving a report of conditions. The mission quickly went sideways as he came upon a hazardous materials dump, along with a large burn pile of fiberglass material, metal, broken beer bottles and shotgun hulls, at the end of a dead end spur road. Not wanting to leave that kind of a mess in the forest, Bill donned his gloves, grabbed some trash bags and spent most of the day cleaning it up.
So stay tuned for more great ‘Shootership’ in 2024!
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A major addition to the Trash No Land mission, was the purchase and build of our Event Trailer! Huge THANK YOU to the private foundation from Vancouver, WA, for the grant that enabled this treasure!
It houses all of our standard event gear and hosts a really nice restroom we call “The Wildlife Room”.
We’ll do more in ’24!
Come join us, meet great people, do lots of good, eat good food, win some prizes and help save our places to shoot on public lands!
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