NRA 'Plinkers' Volunteers clean up national forest
Volunteers from PLINK (Please Leave It NRA Klean) spent a Saturday recently cleaning up trash located down a steep embankment on the Eldorado National Forest near Pollock Pines. People have used this area for dumping a variety of trash, including household garbage, construction material, large appliances, car parts, tires and a hot tub.
This is just one of many days volunteers devote to ensuring the forest is clean and resources are protected for all forest visitors. Illegal trash dumping on the forest is an ongoing issue; because of volunteer groups’ clean-up efforts and forest visitors reporting areas of illegal dumping, Forest Service personnel are able to minimize the amount of garbage in the forest.
PLINK volunteers clean up areas where irresponsible recreational shooters have left trash. Members of clubs such as PLINK and Friends of the Eldorado National Forest devote numerous days providing clean-up parties as well as assisting Forest Service personnel in delivering public education on proper use of the forest. Cathy Bounds, recreation officer of the Placerville Ranger District, spoke of the valuable role volunteer groups such as PLINK and Friends of the Eldorado National Forest play in assisting Forest Service personnel.
“Groups like PLINK have a profound commitment to the improvement and enhancement of public lands. I look forward to our continued partnership and want to let the group know their tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed,” she said.
PLINK is a cooperative project of the Eldorado Rod and Gun Club, NRA and the Eldorado National Forest that promotes responsible use of national forests and other public lands for recreational shooting. The word “PLINK” is in honor of the last century’s world’s foremost woman trick shooter, Mrs. Elizabeth Servaty “Plinky” Topperwein. Mrs. Topperwein was so proficient at target shooting, she could shoot extremely small pieces of chalk held between her husband’s fingers with a .38 caliber revolver and was able to hit 1,460 two-and-a-half-inch square wood blocks thrown up in the air with a .22 caliber rifle without a miss. Thus, she became known as “Plinky.”
The fines for illegally dumping material on the Eldorado National Forest and any public lands are substantial. If anyone finds a site where illegal dumping has occurred, contact the Forest Service. If anyone would like to volunteer, call 530-647-5359.
Visit the Eldorado National Forest Website for photos of this volunteer effort as well as photos from other volunteer projects at fs.usda.gov/eldorado.