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Preliminary Application Comments


 I oppose any funding to Folsom BLM until they provide more than a few scattered miles of grudging OHV access. The meetings I have attended recently at the Folsom Field Office give me little hope that BLM will work with users in important areas like Greenhorn, and my longer-term recollenction is even worse. I spent multiple years working on the management project that gave us Pine Hill, and users’ vpoces went wholly unnoticed as the BLM ran the table and drove users out of all leval river access in that canyon.

Funding testoration work in the Pine Hills Preserve would be a slap in the face of the many users who participated in this planning process but were locked out. If projects need funded in Pine Hills, let it be entirely without OHV involvement. [Randy Burleson - 4/6/09]


 Please review this Grant carefully for meeting the criteria of a Restoration Grant. No doubt, the comments received from others thus far are very negative.

Last year, I was involved in a many meetings over this BLM unit, and the area known as Greenhorn.

Further discussions with certain staff yield the question from me about restoration grants. I had has this BLM unit Why, if they tresspass, had they NOT applied for restoration grant monies.

I personally heard the comment of "We do not want to be beholden to the OHV community."

I told them that was stupid, and that is what this part of grants program is all about. If you have a legitimate issue, then apply.

The requested amount of this Grant seems very high for the scope of the work involved. Many statements relate to 40 acres of alledged OHV damage, yet inside the grant they are asking for Trash Dumping monies,(What trash? Illegal car bodies, abandon dirt bikes?) collections of native seeds, storage of said seeds, etc. I feel this is outside of the scope and criteria for this grant. Also, it was noted that Law Enforcement did in fact catch some intruders.

OHMVRD should be curious if subrogation payment was received by BLM, and if so how much. If not, why not?

Illegal tresspass laws are strict, and fines could be levied, and costs of restoration charged to the offending parties.

This question needs to be asked.

The bottom line on this grant is this nothing more than a cash grab of OHV monies to restore something that may be outside of OHV scope and increased in dollar amounts for a pet project?

I would support this grant if it was not tainted by staff attitude, and questionable inclusion of a lot of things they are asking for, and as others have said, they don't like OHV of any kind. I have experianced this feeling personally from this BLM unit and staff.

Please use caution on the funding of this grant, so the folks that have paid for it get a "true" restoration grant and it does in FACT meet the elegibilty requirements as an OHV restoration grant.

I would insist on exact geographical location of the area, and photo proof with Before and After photos.

District 36 will be watching this grant carefully, including the Audit that follows. [Dave Pickett - 4/6/09]


 Link to comments from Don Amador, Western Representative, BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc. - 3/26/09.


 On Behalf of myself, and CORVA, I would like to voice some serious concerns regarding the grant application from the BLM Folsom Field Office.

The BLM Folsom Field Office has been highly vocal in it's opposition to OHV activity and opportunity in the area under it's supervision. In fact, the BLM Folsom Office has recently closed an excellent riding area, the Greenhorn area, long used as a local riding area, to OHV recreation without taking  public comment from OHV enthusiasts into account.

A:  Most of the activities listed under the proposed List of Recreation Activities include proposed activities having nothing to do with OHV activity, other than a sign directing potential OHV users to the Prairie City SVRA. In fact, the Folsom Field office of the BLM prides itself on the fact that they no longer have opportunities for OHV recreation within it's boundaries and directs OHV enthusiasts to the SVRA's. The OHV coordinator with the Folsom Field Office has been quoted in the past in his belief that OHV activity belongs only in the SVRA's, and is not a legitimate activity for public lands. With this obvious bias against OHV activity, we should not reward this field office with funds collected from OHV enthusiasts, and should deny this request for OHV trust funds.

B:  How the Proposed Project Relates to OHV Use.

Although it states on the application that the BLM "commits itself to sustaining OHV recreation as one integrated part of multiple-resource land management to meet the needs of the American People..." it should be made clear that the BLM Folsom Field Office does NOT follow or believe in this statement. While the BLM in other field offices work very well with OHV enthusiasts, the Folsom Field Office should make it very clear on this application that they do not believe or practice this belief as stated.

Under Evaluation Criteria: It is explained that meetings were held with Preserve Partners, none of these partners include any organization involved with OHV activities. No effort was made to involve the OHV community with these plans or perceived problems. If there is a problem with unauthorized OHV activity in the area, wouldn't it make sense to reach out to local OHV groups and organizations to help solve this problem? This should be common sense, and yet it was not undertaken.

For the above reasons, I object to funding this project.  [Amy Granat, Northern Director, CORVA - 3/21/09]



 I wish to voice some concerns with the grant application submitted by BLM Folsom, G08-01-10-R01

Key issues I have with their application:

On the General Application Requirements page - Item #1

OHV Visitor Opportunity Summary
a. Does the land manager agency provide legal OHV riding opportunity?

Comment: the applicant has changed their website to now indicate "limited OHV authorized locations" due to my first comment.
I have asked via email for a listing of OHV riding areas but have received no reply.
I have called their office and been told they do not have any maps showing where OHV's may be used, and it was stated that in the county of the grant request (El Dorado) that OHV's are used only on private lands next to the BLM lands.

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ii. Total Miles Of Routes Available For OHV Recreation - 25
Comment: It has not been confirmed where those 25 miles of OHV miles of trails are and no map can be obtained from their office.

iii. Total Acres Of Open Riding Available For OHV Recreation - 216537
Comment: per their website "The Folsom Field Office is directly responsible for the management of approximately 230,000 acres of Public Land scattered throughout fourteen Central California counties"
I can find no areas where OPEN RIDING are allowed for OHV use. One preserve alone represents over 46000 acres, the figure stated in the request is grossly over stated in regards to OHV uses.

iv. OHV Visitation (visitor days) - 505387
again this figure seems overstated. If they indeed do have 25 miles of trails, this would represent approximately 10,000 OHV visitors per week for those 25 miles. A very unlikely number.

Due to the fact this project is in a preserve which has no OHV use allowed, I feel this is not a good use of OHV funds. [Rick Ferdon - 3/13/09]


 I wish to voice some concerns with the grant application submitted by BLM Folsom, G08-01-XX-R01

Key issues I have with their application:

On the General Application Requirements page - Item #1

OHV Visitor Opportunity Summary
a. Does the land manager agency provide legal OHV riding opportunity?

the applicant has checked the yes box, yet on their webpage http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/recreation.html it is specifically stated that "Folsom Field Office has no OHV authorized locations."

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ii. Total Miles Of Routes Available For OHV Recreation - 25

iii. Total Acres Of Open Riding Available For OHV Recreation - 216537

If they state they have no OHV authorized locations, how can the have any miles of routes or any acreage available for OHV use? [Rick Ferdon - 3/5/09]