Eagle Scout Organizes Cove Wash and Stucki Springs Cleanup
Fifteen people came out to Cove Wash and Stucki Springs near Santa Clara City to assist Austin Jensen with his Eagle Scout project Wednesday, July 31, 2013, and Saturday, August 3, 2013. Austin arranged for members of his troop, friends, family, and local shooting sport enthusiasts to pick up shooting debris and trash. One of the volunteers even used his skid steer to remove concrete slabs that were illegally dumped in the area. In total, the group filled a large dumpster, a trailer, and two pickup trucks.
“Austin did a great job putting this project together. Hopefully this will encourage recreational shooters to clean up their trigger trash,” said BLM Park Ranger, Braden Yardley, who assisted in the cleanup on Saturday.
In conjunction with the public lands cleanup, Austin will be educating recreational shooters on Tread Lightly ethics by placing information on shooting sports in various outdoor retailers and shooting ranges around Washington County. Austin has also arranged for a Master Tread Trainer to teach a Tread Lightly course to his scout troop and leaders.
Target shooting can be a fun and safe activity when shooters do their part to think of others and protect cultural and natural resources. Responsible use of firearms is permissible on most public lands in the St. George Field Office; however, there are many areas where target shooters should use caution due to heavy recreational use. Shooters should always maintain a safe line of fire. Shoot towards a high, dirt backstop. Never shoot towards other people, vehicles, structures, roads, trails, or livestock. Respect private property and posted signs. All targets, clays, and shells are considered litter after use and must be removed and disposed of properly.
To get more information or report shooters leaving trigger trash, contact the BLM St. George Field Office (435) 688-3200.