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Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation Department

 #G09-03-20-G02 & #G09-03-20-G03 - I support both the grants requests from the Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation Department. One of the keys to retaining and adding OHV opportunity in the state lies with the ability and willingness of the counties to develop and maintain local OHV parks. Stanislaus County has done an admirable job in managing and maintaining not one, but two OHV parks within the county. Both Frank Raines and La Grange OHV Parks offer residents an incredible opportunity to enjoy the sport they enjoying without traveling long distances. It is a very appropriate use of OHV Trust Funds to help the county manage and maintain both these OHV parks.

The facilities at Frank Raines Park are barely able to handle the amount of use at the park, and desperately need updating and routine maintenance. The amounts requested are appropriate to the stated goals, but I would encourage the county to develop plans to open the additional acreage at Frank Raines.

Frank Raines and La Grange are family parks offering family opportunities. During these difficult times, when funding to the counties have been drastically decreased, we have to help the counties retain these important OHV opportunities. [Amy Granat - 4/5/10]

 Everyone asking for Grant money does it with honorable intentions to manage our public lands , provide sustainable recreation and protect resources.  I agree with all of that and am not one to say "do not fund"  but there are exceptions from my point of view. 
In reviewing these grants for 2009/2010  It it is alarming how the % of actual work on the ground changes from one agency to another.  From experience I would like to see no more than 5% of the grant request for staff under Ground Operation go to management.   The key to sustainable recreation on our public lands are for our grant money to be spent on the ground.  
Every single grantee should be preaching "Stay on Designated Trail"   regardless what your job is, it is the responsibility of every person involved with OHV that this message has to pushed.
Every single grantee should encourage those that are law abiding citizens to put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" to change their way so that we can have a "Sustainable OHV recreation"  for future generations. 
Lastly I want to thank every single person involved in working on  OHV recreation for your time and dedication . [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]

 The following are my comments for the OHV Grant funding request:
Frank Raines OHV park is providing a much needed service to the extended communities.

Please add additional information to substantiate the spending of the $100,000, CONTRACTS, Other-Waste Water System Upgrades.
Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/7/10]