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National Park Services - Mojave National Preserve

Preliminary Application Comments

 We want to express our full support for the Restoration grant request made by the National Park Service-Mojave National Preserve. This is an example where OHV generated funds should be used to protect public lands so that ORV activity can continue on adjacent property. The National Park Service has demonstrated a long history of diligent work to protect our national heritage. California ORV activists need to help protect this public land. We support full funding for this project to keep illegal ORV activity out of the special "Wilderness" adjacent to the Razor ORV play area. [Kim Floyd - 4/6/09]

 I have read the State Parks OHV grant application for the National Park Service - Mojave National Preserve restoration. Although this is a large amount of grant money with a relatively small match, it is important to help protect the OHV opportunity at Razor OHV Park. I recommend funding this project to protect natural resources and OHV recreation. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/5/09]

 Hello. My name is Brendan Hughes and I would like to express my support for the Mojave National Preserve's Grant Application. The boundary of the Preserve in the vicinity of the Rasor OHV area is in much need of protection from illegal OHV use, and fencing will help to reduce or eliminate the problem of trespass into this protected area.  I believe Mojave NP's grant application should be fully funded. [Brendan Hughes - 4/2/09]

 The following are my comment for your grant request, G08-05-02-R01, Restoration, for the National Park Service - Mojave National Preserve.

I don’t believe that this grant request belongs in the Restoration category. The breakdown of the use of the funds is for the fence, not restoration of the land.

I find the information presented in the Evaluation Criteria to be conflicting. How can the agency have NO legal OHV opportunity and still receive points for OHV opportunity?

1. OHV Visitor Opportunity Summary
a. Does the land manager agency provide legal OHV riding opportunity? (Please select
Yes or No) NO

3. Variety of OHV Opportunity
a. Skill levels (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) indicated by publicly available maps or signage marking trails with relative difficulty 5
(Check the one most appropriate) (Please select one from list)
3 or more skill levels (5 points) - Selected

b. Type of OHV Opportunity (ATV, dirt bike, 4x4, OSV, RUV, Sand Rail/Dune Buggy) 6
(Check the one most appropriate) (Please select one from list)
Opportunities for 3 or more vehicle types (6 points) Selected

There is no mention of a current OHV program so how can the agency qualify for points under this section?

4. Agency Contribution
Cost of OHV Program for Land Manager’s most recent complete fiscal year (not to include cost of indirect overhead): 0 % Funded by OHV Trust Fund (do not include in-lieu funds): 6

(Check the one most appropriate) (Please select one from list)
No OHV Trust Funds were used (6 points) - Selected

Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/22/09]