Rifle range closed because of vandalism, excessive trash

Rifle range closed because of vandalism, excessive trash

JAMESTOWN, S.C. (WCSC) - The U.S. Forest Service says a rifle range in Berkeley County is closed until further notice because of vandalism and excessive trash.

The Boggy Head Rifle Range is located in the Francis Marion National Forest in Jamestown.

It was closed on Saturday morning.

On Monday, Ashley Spurlin was one of nearly 100 daily visitors. He says it’s a really nice place to come. Many people didn’t know it was closed until after they arrived.

“I think that people who choose to litter and not care for this space it’s a complete disgrace to us as a community of firearm enthusiasts because it makes us a look bad, the majority of us that are hunters and firearm enthusiasts are conservationists as well,” Spurlin said.

The U.S. Forest Service made a post on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest Facebook page about the conditions of the rifle range and to announce the closure.

#DYK...Did you know that Boggy Head Rifle Range on the Francis Marion Ranger District is a free rifle range with a...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests on Saturday, June 15, 2019

There will be a community clean up on Saturday, June 29. The district ranger for the Francis Marion Forest, Rhea Whalen, says they will likely open the range after it’s clean, but they will close it again if people continue to litter. The range has closed at least three times because of litter.

The shooting range has a policy that visitors must pick up their trash and use paper targets only. However, people are bringing TV’s, refrigerators and other items to shoot.

“When your national forests lands are abused, everyone loses!” the post states in part.

If you’d like to volunteer or more information you can call 843-336-2200.

“I’ll actually pick up as much trash as I can, put it in my truck and leave but if it’s just one person doing it, it’s like a tide, you’re going to lose that fight every time,” Spurlin said.

Rangers say they work with volunteers to clean up the space and it can get out of hand in one weekend. They also post rules every week, but they say people tear them down.

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