Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor. We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me" That has to change. Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance. It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property" "Know the rules of area you are riding in " be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County. All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone. We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants. Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.
Thank you all for working this very difficult issue. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]
After reading through your proposed grant application I am deeply concerned. I see that you are asking the OHV community of Green and Red sticker holders to provide Humboldt County With close to $225,000. It was my understanding that originally the Green sticker Funds went to support and help preserve and allocate lands for people to legally ride OHV. In my opinion, in Humboldt county there is ONE legal place to ride OHV. That is a small 40 acre parcel that is owned by BLM. You know as well as I do, that motorcycles and ATV are not permitted on local beaches. Not even on the wave slope. Only a 4x4 vehicle that is not bound by green sticker laws are allowed. You should be more detailed in your explanation of OHV. The river bars that you speak of in Fortuna and Loleta are privately held properties and only time will close these parcels to OHV use. Since the green sticker program was introduced I can honestly say that there has been no benefits to the OHV community in Humboldt County.
Mr. Knight, I am a tax payer of this county and am tired of having to travel 3-6 hours to ride my motorcycles. In your application, you mention all of these places to ride legally, I think you have over exaggerated your estimates. The U.S Forrest service has gone to great lenghts to ban OHV in National Forrest land. Don't get me wrong, I know they have several trail systems dedicated to OHV use BUT NOT IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY!!! The closest trail system in the region would be in Ukiah and Upper Lake.
I believe that the funds that you have requested from the Green Sticker program should only be used to support and advance the OHV opportunity in Humboldt County. Not to provide law enforcement to non related OHV interest. I could agree if Humboldt County had the riding opportunity that other neighboring county's provide that your request might be acceptable. Under the current situation I feel that your grant request should be denied. [Shannon Hooven - 3/8/10]