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Pete Giordano397072624
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Anyone interested in the shooting issue at MP36 and other places along the Clackamas River should email the new district ranger in Estacada. Believe it or not, there are some within the Forest Service who believe in closing the area to shooting just as they closed Memaloose Rd. Enforcement will be another issue but there might be some additional enforcement in the corridor this year because PGE also has concerns that the shooting is too close to the new boating access area at MP35.

I've always thought moving the gate closer to the highway and moving some rock piles around who greatly limit parking which would make it less conveinient for shooters. Unfortunately the last work at that site by ODOT actually made it a better place to shoot by increasing the sight line for shooting and moving a lot of rock to the edges. I know they were probably trying to make it safer but it certainly increased the amount of people using that area.

One of the other areas seeing increased shooting is the rock quarry on the bluff above MP41 which is only a half mile away from Roaring River. There is no safe backstop at that site. The Forest Service is also aware of use there, as I was out there with them last year, and I think there is some interest from them at closing that site.

The recreational coordinator for the corridor is Kathleen Walker based out of the Sandy office. She would be a good person to cc any emails.

 

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Donovan said
Portland and its suburbs need Civic Rifle Ranges that are free of charge. Then they wouldn't need to drive up there to shoot.

I also wonder why Oregon City wants all that lead so close to their drinking water. OMG!

There are private shooting ranges scattered about - you pass one on the road out to Estacada. There is a public one at the Sherrifs building at 82nd and Sunnybrook.

Currently Oregon City is exercising their water rights within their city limits at the mammoth structure on Clackamas River Drive. They are beginning to make some noise about going back to taking it straight from the North Fork again.

Currently there is over 400,000 who get their water from the Lower Clackamas through multiple agencies. With the impending startup of the new also mammoth Lake Oswego intake on Portland Avenue in West Linn, the number will be closing in on half a million.

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Urban shooting ranges need to be free to compete with the free shooting off the highway.

I don't think the FS can do anything about it other than move the shooting around from one side to another.

Remember also that some consider shooting a recreational activity.

 

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Bryon Boyce said

structure on Clackamas River Drive. They are beginning to make some noise about going back to taking it straight from the North Fork again.

Do you mean from the South Fork of the Clackamas like what was done up until the 80's? (like maybe re-building/expanding that pipeline) Or do you mean from the North Fork Reservoir? Just curious, as that is the first time I've heard that option discussed.

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Directly from the North Fork River, probably with updated facilities. The reservoir would be dicey and generally they don't allow boating on water reservoirs.

I was a little surprised by this as I had heard years ago that they had lost the right-of-way for the gravity feed pipeline they once used. So one of these stories may not be true.

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Bryon Boyce said
Directly from the North Fork River, probably with updated facilities. The reservoir would be dicey and generally they don't allow boating on water reservoirs.

I was a little surprised by this as I had heard years ago that they had lost the right-of-way for the gravity feed pipeline they once used. So one of these stories may not be true.

The North Fork?  Or the South Fork?  The North Fork would be all new stuff since there was never a diversion dam or anything there that I ever heard about.

That would definitely be an interesting development if they re-developed the South Fork infrastructure.

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Pete Giordano397072624 said
PGE also has concerns that the shooting is too close to the new boating access area at MP35.

The recreational coordinator for the corridor is Kathleen Walker based out of the Sandy office. She would be a good person to cc any emails.

 

pete

Where did that day use area come from? If I'm correct they must've put it in during the closure, as it all seems pretty brand spanking new, and I certainly don't remember it being in during the summer.. strange.

I was just about to write Kimberly, but then I realized I sent her an email over the summer that she never replied back to.. 

I drove up the river on Sunday and there were 5 car loads of shooters at the 36 Pit. From what I could gather at the 60mph whizzing by, the targets seemed to have multiplied.

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Rob Williams said

The North Fork?  Or the South Fork? 
That would definitely be an interesting development if they re-developed the South Fork infrastructure.

Sorry must be a bit Dotty. Its the south fork not north!

Seems like target practice should be a concern for the FS. Time to see if they are having any thoughts on the subject.

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They have finally announced the final full reopening of 224 through the 36 Pit Fire area. Nothing in the news articles about any of the side roads, but at least direct access is fully open.

 

Pit Fire highway reopens

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They've now installed a sturdy *closed* gate on the south end of the Memaloose bridge off 224. I doubt it'll be open anytime soon. Thank goodness there's another way into the area. 

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