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February 25, 2009

Forest Seeks Public Comment On Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Application

The Sierra National Forest announced today that it is soliciting public input specific to the Forest's 2009 grant application proposal for Cooperative Agreements with the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division. In 2009, $27.1 million will be available state-wide for distribution among four funding categories:

Education and Safety: $1,300,000

Law Enforcement: $5,200,000

Operations and Maintenance: $13,000,000

Restoration: $7,600,000

Current State regulations require annual public participation in this fund allocation process. The agreements support OHV management activities on the national forest, including operations and maintenance, restoration, law enforcement, education and safety. The "operations and maintenance" category is divided into four project types; acquisition, development, ground operations, and planning, with the emphasis on projects that sustain existing OHV recreation on national forests lands.

This year the State will be using an "On-Line Grant Application” process. A two step application process is being used to allow public comment and feedback before the final submittal. To review the Sierra National Forests application, please visit the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Applications will be posted March 3rd which begins the 30-day public review and comment period. Public comments on the proposals will be posted to the website and forwarded to the Sierra National Forest. Final applications will be submitted on May 4th.

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Restoration does not mean fixing or maintaining trails, it means returning them back to their natural state. In other words closing them and re-vegetating them.

There has not been any trail maintenance done in this area in over 13 years. There are plugged culverts that have not been cleared in years. The result is severe rutting on the main roads. The rutting is blamed on OHV use. The simple fact is the area has not been managed and that the damage that has resulted is being used as a reason to close routes.

The Stewards of the Sierra National Forest ask that everyone comment that more money is put toward maintenance and less toward "restoration".

It makes more sense to get the current trail system up to par before restoring other trails. It is much more responsible to address damage and erosion on current system routes than to start restoring routes. The most environmentally sensible goal should be to fix existing issues on routes to eliminated erosion and run-off problems first.

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No maintenance? Thanks to the three witches of CA. Boxer, Feinstein, and Pelosi.. We are now blamed for what God does when He cries. Just great! I'll do what I can DF.

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What a joke. I'm almost happy all our OHV funds went into the general fund swirling vortex of financial oblivion.

At least they can't use our own funds against us there......

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What a joke. I'm almost happy all our OHV funds went into the general fund swirling vortex of financial oblivion.

At least they can't use our own funds against us there......

So zero dollars to restoration and to law enforcement would sound better....

This is what I have been thinking all along. Take all of it and keep it so they can't fund closures with new fences, gates, and law enforcement!

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de classification of routes to allow OHV use (Class 1 & 2 etc...) although on the surface sounds good, is a quick way to get them closed. Low/no maintenance means plugged culverts etc... and eventually the FS can close those routes due to resource damage.

Some managers agenda is too declassify knowing the route will soon be closed due to resource damage. This info came straight from a FS Engineer.

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