Desert Sportsman Rifle and Pistol Club (DSRPC) is accepting a donation of earthwork from R&R Construction. Troy Miller of R&R is a member of DSRPC and he has volunteered earthwork services to DSRPC; those of you that have been on Range 2 recently will see the ongoing repairs to the berms and the access road.
Through R&R, DSRPC has also received a shipment of large rocks which have been placed near Range 9. These rocks came to us unexpectedly and they represent an excellent opportunity to improve the stability of our parking areas without using onsite screened material. Large rocks will be emplaced along the bases of the parking areas servicing; the boathouse which suffered the most damage after last weeks rain, Range 4 which represents the greatest fill wedge on site, and Clubhouse parking area which is seeing failures along it’s edges.
After this is complete the remaining rocks will be used to complete the entry way boundary which was begun by the Army Corps of Engineers but not completed due to lack of material. Because we have these rocks, larger screened material can now be used to restore the erosional damage on Ranges 2, 9, and 10 while the sand generated by the screening will be used to restore the impact cover lost to erosion.
All of this conforms to our dust permit which allows us to perform repairs and reduce potential fugitive dust by preventing unauthorized access to the Range. According to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) the southwest is now entering a period of above average rainfall as opposed to the prior years of drought so the work R&R is providing is not only cost effective but timely.
A general plan for the repair and restoration of the Range does exist but we sometimes alter that plan as conditions dictate (storm damage which is unpredictable) and opportunities such as the rock availability arise. Part of the plan is a minimum standard for materials imported to DSRPC, this standard prohibits debris, trash, and any material of lesser quality. This standard was to be part of the bid proposal and site plan I was preparing for the May meeting but as the bid is no longer necessary, now seems a good time to present the proposed plan for Range repairs and renovation:
Range Maintenance and Repairs
Top Priorities: As I showed in my November presentation these items and areas represent a potential risk for further damage.
- Range 2 berms: Faces are eroded and show distress, impact surfaces need repair after loss of sand to erosional events.
- Parking area near boathouse: Large cut on northwestern side of parking area generated by last week’s rain.
- Range 10 erosional traces increasing in significance and prominence soon to threaten Range 10 roadway.
- Impact surface repair for Range 10. Erosion has removed sand from surfaces and washed it down into staging area.
- Complete Army Corps of Engineers security wall near front gate to prevent unauthorized access to prevent fugitive dust and theft of DSRPC property.
Range Renovation: These items will require plan submission for Dust and Construction Permits.
- Range 4 reconfiguration. Since 80% of our new members are pistol shooters it is necessary to create more bays for action shooting (Cowboy, IPSC, IDP, etc) and casual practice.
- Improve access to Range 9 for more long range shooting, reconfigure perimeter berms on Range 8 for greater access for competition and recreational long gun, long range shooting.
I am preparing a Power Point presentation similar to November’s and it contain visuals which I have not yet prepared: When complete the Power Point will appear here.
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