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Shooting lanes on public land

Improved target shooting lanes in the Forest?  Yes!  And more to come!

75 yardTarget shooting areas are changing in Tillamook State Forest, about 35 miles West of Beaverton, Oregon.  The Oregon Department of Forestry has approved plans that allow Tillamook State Forest to proceed with these improvements.

(75 yard lane in progress 6-24-16)

Upgrades at popular target shooting areas will offer shooters a safe place to recreate with distances from short pistol distances to 80 yard rifle lanes.  What a joy it will be to not have all those brushes and weeds to tromp through while trying to set up targets!  And how easy it will be to clean up your own trash when you're done!  Park your vehicle right in front of an established shooting line.  Lots of benefits for the recreational target shooter!

But why is the Oregon Department of Forestry being so nice to us?

Fire safety.  The objective is to drastically reduce fire hazards and risks due to target shooting in the area.  These areas have sustained two fires in 2015.  Additional fires, over the last two or three years, were suspected of being caused as a result of target shooting.  Secondly, trash control with easy cleanup efforts and thirdly, safety in recreational target shooting.

Trashed site

Volunteers, from Northwest Firearms, have been actively involved in the planning stages of this project and are monitoring its progress.  They contributed to numerous meetings, site visits, design suggestions and perspectives from a target shooters point of view.  This is the result of their efforts.

Current Situation
Target shooting has been a long standing activity on the Tillamook State Forest that has been steadily growing in-terms of use levels and the number of target shooting locations.  It is taking place across the forest and in areas and in ways that create:

9mm Luger Unsafe situations for visitors to the Tillamook State Forest and for ODF employees and contractors working on the forest.
9mm Luger Conflict with other visitors to the forest.
9mm Luger Environmental impacts.
9mm Luger Sanitation
9mm Luger Increased fire potential and increased fire starts
9mm Luger Additional costs to the agency
 
Policies and management strategies have not kept pace with the intensity, scope and scale of the target shooting activity.
 
 
Conceptual End in Mind
Recreational target shooting has a long history on the Tillamook State Forest and is a supported use that integrates well with the other activities on the forest and has:
9mm Luger Low safety, sanitation, and environmental issues
9mm Luger Low fire hazard risks and costs
9mm Luger Partners and partnerships that support the activity
9mm Luger Safe and sustainable opportunities for recreational target shooting on the TSF.
 
This project proposes to develop a strategy, in collaboration with our partners and the target shooting community that will:
9mm Luger Resolve the safety, sanitation, and environmental issues
9mm Luger Reduce the fire  potential associated with target shooting
9mm Luger Develop public ownership and involvement in the development and implementation of the strategy.
9mm Luger Maintain safe and sustainable opportunities for recreational target shooting on the TSF

80 yard lane          100 yard

Impact area      Impact area

Back view         Reverse view

Pistol Berm       Pistol berm

More to come as the project nears completion soon.

 

Update 7-22-16 PM.....

Four lanes finished! Open for target shooting!!!

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/hfZbKnuxpqx

GPS: 45.783021, -123.365054

Lane 1: Handgun (Shoot from the Jersey barrier)

Site 1

 

Site 2 Handgun

Site 2

 

Site 3 Long gun 60 Yds. plus a hand gun berm

Site 3

 

Site 4 Long gun 80 Yds. plus a hand gun berm

Site 4

Now that's the way to shoot on public land!

Let's keep it nice!

 

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