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Preliminary Application Comments


 G08-02-08-G01 Ground Operations - High Lakes OHV Area Recreation Site Management

Friends of The High Lakes ( FOTHL ) is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation, founded in 2007 to partner with Lassen National Forest to enable the very popular High lakes OHV area, which is designated a Semi-Primitive area, with both motorized and non-motorized trails, to return to the glory it once held, as a premier OHV area.

We are totally in support of every element of this grant application, and urge its full funding.

The area over a 15 or so year period had fallen to a point where because of lack of maintenance, education, management and enforcement to a point of "management-by closure" being a reality. Because of the popularity of the area, users came to use it as a no-mans land, and to prevent and turn around the attitudes of some users and to return the trails to be in compliance with the 1976 plan for the area, we went to work.

The Ground Operations portion of this grant request is needed in its totality to take the next steps in the process of turning this area around.

It supports our Adopt-a-trail program, where every inch of every trail is adopted by a local clubs and groups, and maintenance is now underway in mitigating every deficiency. The equipment is needed to better maintain the trails, and especially in the areas where the last two fires ( 2000 & 2008) caused hazards.

It supports our Trail Patrol program where users after ongoing training sessions by USFS LEO, and County Sheriff Department are able to effectively provide the education element directly to the users as to how to properly use the area. We do NOT provide enforcement, but the education aspects regarding respect for the proper uses.

Communications in the area is very limited, cell phone sketchy at best, CB range is quite limited, and ham radio is the only way to effectively communicate. But because of the large area, and hills and valleys, no one repeater is adequate, so we need to build our own repeater tower.

We also ask for Law Enforcement grants, that are totally required, but covered in that section of this process, but the Operations and Law Enforcement are the answer, and go hand in hand to returning this area to what it should and will be. [Ken Knull, Chairman / Founder - 4/6/09]



 Friends of The High Lakes ( FOTHL ) is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation, founded in 2007 to partner with Lassen National Forest to enable the very popular High lakes OHV area, which is designated a Semi-Primitive area, with both motorized and non-motorized trails, to return to the glory it once held, as a premier OHV area.

We are totally in support of every element of this grant application, and urge its full funding.

The area over a 15 or so year period had fallen to a point where because of lack of maintenance, education, management and enforcement to a point of "management-by closure" being a reality. Because of the popularity of the area, users came to use it as a no-mans land, and to prevent and turn around the attitudes of some users and to return the trails to be in compliance with the 1976 plan for the area, we went to work.

The near total lack of effective Law Enforcement for too long in the area is the major key element in the reason the area fell into a lawlessness attitude. And a major factor as the the lack of respect for resource protection, and other activities that caused closures and degradation.

We fully support effective Law Enforcement in the area, to be able to return it to its glory as a premier OHV experience, and urge the funding of this grant. Proper Law Enforcement presence and our educational team and tools is what is needed.

I urge the funding of this grant. [Ken Knull, Chairman / Founder - 4/6/09]


 As president of the Siskiyou County Off Road Riders (SCORR) and it's 300+ members, I am writing in support of these two grant requests.

The High Lakes area is a very popular area due to it's scenic values.  This area should be maintained as an off road area, and we think that you have the local public group that can partner with you to get it done. We fully support the comments from ROC.

The development of an OHV area at Potato Buttes is the real reason that we all buy our GREEN STICKERS. New sites and maintaining those routes we have is the best use of theses monies. [Jim Lipke - 3/30/09]



 We have three granddaughters. We have purchased quads for each, and as they learn to use them, we planned on taking them to the Potato Butte play area. It is just right for young riders, because it has small inclines and slopes for children to experience. There are trees for the to learn to drive around, and short trails for them to ride on, keeping them at an even pace. I am looking forward to taking the kids to this camping area also, to sit around te fire while my tired kids are in their sleeping bags.

I support the green sticker funding for Potato Buttes, if Lassen keeps the area open for our children. [Pat Henderson - 3/26/09]


 As chair of Recreation Outdoors Coalition I am writing on behalf of our members on the grant request for planning money to create a designated OHV area at Potato Buttes in the Hat Creek District.

For many years this area has seen increased OHV activity. It draws hundreds of riders each year. This is a good area for family use and training young riders. There is camping near by and miles of trails to ride. The land is condusive to this type of recreatinal use.

The Lassen does not have many miles or areas designated for OHV use although it is comprized of many acres of land and is heavily roaded. Planning in this area could easily produce a good managed OHV area. Many people ride in this are and would love to volunteer to help maintain the area. Perhaps in the planning stage a group could be formed like the Friends of High Lakes to help manage the area.

ROC is very happy to support this grant and look forward to seeing this project completed in the near future. [Sylvia Milligan - 3/25/09]



 As chair of ROC I am writing on behalf of our members in regards to the Lassen NF's grant application for the High Lakes area.

The High Lakes area is a 'loved to death' area which is very remote but provides challenging OHV opportunities. Several years ago much of the area was closed due to resource problems. Since that time a group of user calling themselves Friends of High Lakes banned together and adopted the area. This group has done a wonderful job partnering up with the LNF to work out a plan to reopen and manage the area. The LNF has worked very well with this group and with the help of the FOHL is intent on reopening the area . Between them they have worked out a plan acceptable to both the Forest and the users. FOHL has worked out a plan with the FS to help educate the public, patrol the area, and watch for illegal activity. Volunteers will also be responsible for much of the trail maintenance.  A very good example of a good partnership between an agency and a grass roots volunteer group to balance managed recreation.

This grant requests two dual sport bikes which will vastly improve the ability of the FPO/LEO/Rec people to respond faster, easier and to cover far more territory. These bikes would also provide easier access for Forest service presence. Due to the remoteness of the area sanitation in the past has been a problem. This grant includes personal toilet solutions to avoid outhouses at the busy lakes and also money to fence the meadow to prevent traspass.

ROC strongly supports this grant request and its members look forward to the reopening of the whole area. [Sylvia Milligan, Chair ROC - 3/25/09]