Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Trash
updated: Mar 06, 2013, 4:17 PM
Source: Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres National Forest officials announced plans to increase local
partnerships along with a greater law enforcement presence at the Arroyo Burro
shooting area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District.
The Arroyo Burro shooting area, sometimes referred to as the "Glass Factory," is
one of Santa Barbara's more popular destinations for target shooting. However,
the area has also attracted an unwanted accumulation of garbage which has
created the appearance of an illegal dump site.
"If the current trend continues, and we're unable to curtail the amount of trash
being left on site, there may be no other alternative than to declare the area
an illegal dump site and close it altogether," said Santa Barbara District
Ranger Pancho Smith. "Most folks who target shoot at this location are
conscientious about using the site in a responsible manner, and it would be
unfortunate if we had to restrict access."
In late January, the Calguns Shooting Sports Association organized a group of
more than 90 local volunteers to remove nearly 40 tons of trash at the Arroyo
Burro area. Within two weeks, a sizeable amount of litter was again piling up at
Los Padres law enforcement officers, in coordination with the Santa Barbara
County Sheriff's Office, are working on an agreement to expand enforcement
efforts at Arroyo Burro. Educational signs are now posted advising the public
that any visitor observed leaving behind trash or illegally dumping garbage will
be issued a citation carrying a maximum penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in
For more information, please contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805)
967-3481, or online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.
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