Mary’s Peak is a favorite recreation spot for a diverse range of mid-valley denizens, be it hikers, bikers, or target shooters. However, the last of these stakeholders often get a bad rep due to the garbage some bad eggs are known to leave behind.
In order to encourage responsible use of the land, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with two of the major property owners, the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service, as well as the organization Trash No Land, to sponsor a clean up event at one of the more popular shooting areas on Mile Post 4 of Mary’s Peak Road. On Sunday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can help lend a hand.
“The more people we get involved in doing this, the more ownership people take,” says Corporal Al Schermerhorn of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Schermerhorn is a proponent of safe, legal, and clean shooting, hoping that those in the shooting community choose to practice principles of Leave No Trace.
If you go, bring a pair of work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared for delighting in free burgers, hotdogs, and door prizes provided by several local businesses including Mel’s Barber Shop, Cabella’s, Peak Sports, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Begg’s Tire, and ProPrint. In addition, there will be a silent auction with proceeds going to Trash No Land, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of public land subject to recreational target shooting.
By Ari Blatt