[Note: Lefthand Canyon is north of Boulder,
and west of Longmont, Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.]
On April 30th, 2000 over 100 volunteer from the motorcycle,
four wheel drive community spent a Sunday morning removing trash and
spent casings left by irresponsible target shooters on public lands
near Jamestown, Colorado.
This years event, even with the usual cool weather, drew a
number of volunteers. There were members of the Northern Colorado Trail
Riders, Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit, Mile Hi Jeep Club, Trailridge
Runners 4WD Club, Big Thompson Four Wheelers, Hobo Jeepers, Hillbillies
4WD Club, Go 4's 4WD Club, and CSU Big Wheels.
The three main shooting areas along the start of the Lefthand Canyon
4WD road were full of targets and garbage again this year. Our group
began filling the trash bags donated by Honda and loading them into
pickup trucks to be hauled to the large roll off dumpster donated by
Western Disposal. Two groups of 4WD vehicles headed up to retrieve an
abandoned Volvo and a Scout. The Scout has been below ‘five points' for
a few years now, and last years attempt at retrieving it was not
successful. This year the team from Big Thompson 4WD Club came prepared
with torches and cut off saws. After some winching and dragging, both
vehicles were hauled down to pavement to be removed.
By eleven o'clock the majority of the trash had been hauled to the roll
off and lunch was being prepared. Tom Kyle of the Hillbillies 4WD Club
was our chef for the day cooking up the hotdogs donated by The Parts
Place in Fort Collins. By noon the roll off was over flowing and the
area was once again cleaned up.
By the end of the day, the "No Shooting" signs placed at the
shooting area had been removed. This is an indication of the lack of
management that this area has received to date. In a high use area of
an urban forest like the Roosevelt National Forest, the lack of
management direction, enforcement, and signing will lead to resource
Prior to our cleanup Martha Moran, Recreation Officer for the Boulder
Ranger District, and Jack Placchi, Colorado State Parks Off-Highway
Vehicle program, visited the area and are beginning meetings to develop
a management plan that intends to solve the impacts. The goal will be
to develop a motorized system that incorporates many different types of
challenges while eliminating the trash and proliferation of illegal
hill climbs and user created roads.