Yolo County Sheriff's Department
Preliminary Application Comments
These are my comments for your OHV Grant request, 53-0668528 , Yolo County Sheriff's Department.
In April, 2007, a representative from Yolo County presented a request to the California Biodiversity Council for assistance in establishing an OHV park in Yolo County. The Council agreed with the proposed project and to assist the county.
California Biodiversity Council
April 11-12, 2007
San Jose, California
As such, two commitments were made for further action. One was to assist Yolo County in their efforts to further explore ways of addressing illegal riding in county creeks and the feasibility of establishing an OHV park.
The California Biodiversity Council is made up of representatives from many local, state, and federal agencies. One of their objectives is to assist in special projects like establishing an OHV park in Yolo County.
There is no mention in the OHV Grant request as to the county trying to establish an OHV park. My last correspondence, Aug. 25, 2008, from Kent Reeves, manager of the Natural Resources Division in the Parks & Resources Department of Yolo County, stated that the program had not been dropped.
A well rounded OHV program should include legal OHV opportunity. Yolo County has the assistance of the California Biodiversity Council in establishing such opportunity, but so far has failed to move beyond the concept.
I would like to see OHV Grants money go to agencies that provide a well rounded program. Providing a park for legal OHV recreation would reduce the need for law enforcement. A great example is Metcalf OHV park in Santa Clara County. I do not recall ever seeing a Law Enforcement OHV grant request from Santa Clara County and that area has a much larger population.
Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 4/5/09]