The Memorial Day holiday out here near the Capitol State Forest was memorable to us neighbors mostly for the presence of the high decibel din of continuous rapid gunfire issuing forth from the “Peter J. Goldmark-DNR Ballistic Amusement Park and Shooting Gallery” (AKA Triangle Pit). There, the scene was festive.
Lacking only the screechy song of a calliope, cotton candy and a bearded fat lady hawking stuffed dolls for use as targets, scores of celebrants mindlessly sent thousands of rounds of lead bullets and toxic dust into the soil, trees, and air, evidently in celebration of our fallen soldiers. Huh?
The buildup of lead and toxins in this vicinity will not go unaccounted. The economy of nature will manifest this despoiling in many ways, not the least of which includes the potential contamination of drinking water and the corruption of life cycle in the wetlands lying downstream. The real amusement for some of us will be watching the Peter J. Goldmarks and the arrogant DNR administrators as they twist, wriggle, fib, shun, obfuscate and evade when it becomes clear that they and theirs did not act for the greater good when they had the authority to clean up this disgrace and make some progress toward responsible shooting in this forest.
The Capitol State Forest could be a treasure for us in the South Sound. It is far from it now.