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USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest

 I would like to comment on the grant request from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest conducted one of the most contentious and difficult process during the recent Travel Management rule. The Forest Supervisor was not responsive to the needs of the OHV recreating public, and our concerns and issues were dismissed during the process. I therefore cannot support this grant request.

The grant request asks for a considerable amount of money to tell the OHV recreating public where they cannot travel any longer. In essence, they are requesting that the very user groups they have locked out of the forest pay for the signage necessary to keep them out. For as many times as we heard Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood emphasize how this was "her" forest", and she wanted a "quiet" forest, I would suggest that she look for the money to implement her plan from other "quiet" groups, rather from the OHV recreating public.

The MVUM's that have been produced by other forest are inadequate and useless maps, of no service to the user. Indeed Region 5 HQ for the Pacific Southwest region, is requesting funds to replace the MVUM, acknowledging that the MVUM is inadequate. Therefore, why should we pay for more useless maps to be produced by the Forest Service? Shouldn't the money be used instead to produce user-friendly maps, such as Region 5 is planning? And what is the difference between a user guide and a MVUM? Shouldn't these be one and the same?

For all the above reasons, plus the fact that I find the amounts requested to be extraordinarily high, with insufficient math amounts for materials, I annot support this grant application, and request that this application go unfunded. [Amy Granat - 4/5/10]


 We have finally read through the application for a grant for Ground Operations in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, including the Chappie-Shasta OHV area.  We would rather not see much development in this area.  It seems especially disproportionate to the amount of money the law enforcement is requesting.  [Valerie Townsley & Patrick Fossland - 4/5/10]



 We have recently read through the grant application information and would like to comment.  We strongly encourage law enforcement in OHV usage, especially the Shasta-Chappie area.  The amount requested appears to be minimal for the need.  Thank you. [Valerie Townsley & Patrick Fossland - 4/5/10]



 See attached comments. [Bruce Haynes - 4/5/10]



See attached comments.  [Chris Peterson - 4/5/10]



 See attached comments. [Robert Hoover - 4/5/10]



 See attached comments.  [Michael C. Mitchell - 4/2/10]



 Shasta-Trinity NF - G09-02-17-G01 - It is obvious, Shasta Trinity should not get any green sticker funds.  They have restricted our Riding in the National Forest to nothing.  They have removed us from all level three (3) roads, restricted our riding areas, and even put level three (3) roads in the remote camp sites so we cannot ride out of them while leaving some riding trails out side the camping area.  Shasta National Forest has not only deceived the public that has tried to work with them for the last 5 years, but they have gone back on their word to give us level 3 roads so we can reach areas they have given us to ride. 

They haven't asked for one single cent  of grant green sticker funds to create parking or camping areas near OHV riding areas deep in the mountains. They won't agree to give us trails they consider as cross country, that have been utilized by OHV and other motorized vehicles for over 70 years.

Shasta Trinity is not trying to help the OHV'r in their area.  Give the funds to BLM, they are working and letting us work with them to create new loops and establish trails.

I may seem to be vindictive in my opinion here, but it is my green sticker funding I am parting with.  If an agency wants to use it to further my recreation, then I am all in favor of granting them money.  But, if a grant comes across your desk that is going to be used to restrict or delete any opportunity to ride from the Oregon to the Mexican Border, I say "Do not grant it."

We ride all over Northern California, from Modoc to southern California, at Jawbone near Mojave.  All areas in-between that want green sticker grants to improve riding, I wish it granted.

If it doesn't give me more opportunity, I say "No". [Pat Henderson - 4/2/10]



 The application is listed as a GO app, but it is mostly for signage and maps following a heavily closure oriented Travel Management decision. It does not include any request for trail maintenance activity support.  It describes OHV opportunity at Chappie Shasta but does not describe any support for that area even through it is jointly administered by the Forest Service and BLM, at least for the time being.
 
I fail to see how this application benefits OHV recreation.  At best it should have been a restoration grant.  In summary, this is a closure program disguised as Ground Operations.  This grant request should be denied. Let the STNF fund this program out of their own budget. [Bruce W - 4/4/10]



 I am the President of the Shasta County Sportsmen's Association. I received notice that the U.S. Forest Service is seeking Grant money from you. They have done nothing to promote OHV use, in fact just the opposite is true. They are severely restricting use of our National Forests by OHV's. In no way should they receive one dollar of our money.
Please do not approve their grant application. Here in the Shasta/ Trinity National Forest they are implementing closures that will prevent Green Sticker vehicles from accessing most of the existing roads. I speak for many different organizations when I make this request. [Michael Brockman, Shasta County Sportsmen's Association, President - 3/31/10]



 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]


 PLEASE DENY THESE GRANTS!
 
72-0564834 USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest
14-2875800 USFS - Shasta-Trinity NF - Patrol DistrictUSFS
 
It was my understanding that my green sticker fees were to provide a subsidy or pay wholey for on-the-ground projects including maintenance. I do not see how either of the two grant applications submitted by the Shasta Trinity NF would satisfy that type of use of the funds.
 
Given the current Record of Decision to close too many roads and trails, you would think the Shasta/Trinity would have plenty of funds to erect closure signs and patrol even less roads than needed patrolled previously. Less area to cover (by way of road closures) should result in less costs for maintenance and enforcement. Effectively the forest has no trails for use by OHV (other than Chappie), so unless the forest service is planning for large numbers of citizens to participate in civil disobedience (because they have no choice but to continue to recreate responsibly where they have for generations), there is no reason the general funded budget couldnt pay for signs and enforcement needs.

Although the Forest Service tries to hide their true intentions by mention of the Chappie OHV park multiple times throughout this application, the majority of the funds requested will be used to CLOSE ROADS AND TRAILS per their "Travel Management Plan". The related application for Law Enforcement is to provide more personnel to patrol these now "closed" roads. Please read their "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010", note that almost EVERY identifiable OHV trail  /road is slated for closure under their plans.

Note on their application that they state HUGE numbers of Roads and trails, but of the 5,365 miles of roads, only 87 (EIGHTY-SEVEN) miles of trails are "open" for OHV use (excluding the Chappie OHV area). The Forest Service also states all "Level 3" roads (dirt roads), are Highways, and open ONLY to Licensed vehicles, even though the California Highway Patrol has stated these are NOT highways.

The Forest Service also states the lake bottoms at Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake are available for OHV use, but then state that all vehicles must be "highway legal vehicles only", and enforce a 15mph speed limit. How is this in any way related to OHV use?

Please consider giving this Grant application funding to the Redding BLM Office for direct Chappie OHV use, to expand trails and improve signage. They have worked hard to help improve OHV opportunities at Chappie and other areas. Thank You for your time, [Chad Grass - 3/22/10]



 Please listen to us the people who buy our green stickers so we can enjoy OUR forest. weve been beaten down by the goverment so much lately and are losing our freedoms each day. please be a Patriot, true American, and dont give the forest service any money to keep pushing us around. im old now and have had my fun in the woods but my children and grandkids will be the losers. there are already millions of acres designated wilderness and thats good but why rob us of what weve enjoyed for decades. please help by denying these grants to help close our roads. [Tom Benfer Sr. - 3/19/10]



 As chair of Recreation Outdoors Coalition I am writing to express our membership's opposition to this grant request. 
 
It is obvious from this document that a decision for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has already been made (although the ROD is not out yet) as this lists the few recreational opportunities that will be allowed in the Forest and requests funds to inform the public of their decision through the actions for which money is requested, and to make sure the public is compliant.  This Forest did not ask for one dollar to increase or enhance recreational opportunities but continually expressed in their grant request the need to construct barriers (rocks, fencing, guardrails), place signs designating restricted areas, provide law enforcement tools, etc., all of which limit access.
 
On page 4 of the General Application it is written that the total miles of routes available for OHV recreation is 5,460.  This needs to be broken down to show how many of these miles are open to green sticker vehicles.  The line stating total acres of open riding available for OHV recreation also needs clarification to say that is the Chappie OHV Area that will soon be swapped to the BLM.  There is no clarification of how many of the 2.2 million acres of Forest lands are open to OHV (green sticker) opportunities.  There are no areas listed where green sticker play is allowed.
 
The ROD for the TMP on the STNF has not come out as of this date but it should not take much ink to provide the public with information of routes where green sticker use can occur.  The public in this area has been trying to work with this Forest for the past 30 years to provide a well managed and designated OHV program.  The public participated in the TMP believing the Forest was finally going to listen to them and complete a well needed recreational program.  Although the ROD is not out at this point it is the public's belief that this document will be totally opposite of what they worked so hard for.
 
This planning process used over $12 million in previous State OHV green sticker funds to effectively close thousands of miles of existing national forest roads and unauthorized trails and now to request more funds to make sure we are locked out is ludicrous.  This is not acceptable and we strongly oppose this grant request. [Sylvia Milligan, Chair - ROC - 3/18/10]


 I am completely opposed to the terms of this grant. I live in the small town of Trinity Center in Trinity Co. and the USFS and other authorities have practically closed Trinity Lake for public use by draining the lake and/or not being willing to install longer, more accessible boat ramps. Now they want to take away our access to the wilderness. I am a disabled senior who can no longer hike the mountain trails. But I can enjoy many beautiful places in the Shasta-Trinity forest on my ATV. You may think that all who ride ATVs are out there just tearing up the land.  Not true. Most of us love and respect OUR National Forests and just want to enjoy them. Also, what's wrong with riding an ATV on the lake bottom when the lake is empty? Spotted Owls - give me a break!!

The Forest Service has no regard for the damage done to small businesses by these decisions. The economy of the Trinity Lake area, particular the towns of Trinity Center and Coffee Creek, has been so severely impacted that the five prior restaurants are all closed and the general stores are in peril of closing. Our real estate, which we bought when there was a lake, is worthless. We are working to revitalize our area but the more you keep the public out, the great the impact on all of us here.

PLEASE HEAR OUR VOICE!  [Lynn Hartley - 3/19/10]


 As a member of the Recreation Outdoors Coalition and the Redding Dirt Riders, I am writing to express our membership's opposition to this grant request.
 
It is obvious from this document that a decision for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has already been made (although the ROD is not out yet) as this lists the few recreational opportunities that will be allowed in the Forest and requests funds to inform the public of their decision through the actions for which money is requested, and to make sure the public is compliant.  This Forest did not ask for one dollar to increase or enhance recreational opportunities but continually expressed in their grant request the need to construct barriers (rocks, fencing, guardrails), place signs designating restricted areas, provide law enforcement tools, etc., all of which limit access.
 
On page 4 of the General Application it is written that the total miles of routes available for OHV recreation is 5,460.  This needs to be broken down to show how many of these miles are open to green sticker vehicles.  The line stating total acres of open riding available for OHV recreation also needs clarification to say that is the Chappie OHV Area that will soon be swapped to the BLM.  There is no clarification of how many of the 2.2 million acres of Forest lands are open to OHV (green sticker) opportunities.  There are no areas listed where green sticker play is allowed.
 
The ROD for the TMP on the STNF has not come out as of this date but it should not take much ink to provide the public with information of routes where green sticker use can occur.  The public in this area has been trying to work with this Forest for the past 30 years to provide a well managed and designated OHV program.  The public participated in the TMP believing the Forest was finally going to listen to them and complete a well needed recreational program.  Although the ROD is not out at this point it is the public's belief that this document will be totally opposite of what they worked so hard for.
 
This planning process used over $12 million in previous State OHV green sticker funds to effectively close thousands of miles of existing national forest roads and unauthorized trails and now to request more funds to make sure we are locked out is ludicrous.  This is not acceptable and we strongly oppose this grant request. [Brendan Hathaway - 3/21/10]



 We are opposed to providing OHV money to the USFS to close the trails!

We have paid to have the trails put in to their inventory. Now they ask for OHV money to have them closed! As we have seen in the "Route Designation" process the USFS is not a good investment for OHV funds.
Give the grants to groups that actually enhance OHV opportunity, like the BLM. [Brendan Hathaway  - 3/17/10]



 As Chair of Recreation Outdoors Coalition and on behalf of our membership, we strongly support Klamath NF's grant request G09-02-06-P01 - Humbug for the following reasons.
 
We are Opposed to providing OHV money to the USFS to close the trails! We have paid to have the trails put in to their inventory. Now they ask for OHV money to have them closed! As we have seen in the Route Designation process the USFS is not a good investment for OHV funds.

Give the grants to groups that actually enhance OHV opportunity. [Stewart Helmer  - 3/16/10]



 This G09-02-31-L01 application largely serves to fund the policing of the closure of existing OHV opportunities in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The forest service refers to these routes/trails as "unauthorized routes not added to the forest inventory".
 
I feel they will have plenty of money available in their budget for law enforcement when there are few OHV routes left to maintain.
 
We have tried working with the Forest Service to reach a medium, but they are closing the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to OHV traffic. They mention the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area herein, but these funds will not be used there, nor are they needed there.
 
Please deny this application and utilize these funds for projects that benefit we people that pay OHV sticker fees in CA. [Karl Hankins - 3/16/10]



 PLEASE DENY THIS GRANT! 

My family and I recreate there and OHV opportunities must remain in this area.
 
Please consider giving this Grant application funding to the Redding BLM Office for direct Chappie OHV use, to expand trails and improve signage. They have worked hard to help improve OHV opportunities at Chappie and other areas.  [Stacie Albright - 3/16/10]


 PLEASE DENY THESE GRANTS!
 
72-0564834 USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest
14-2875800 USFS - Shasta-Trinity NF - Patrol District USFS
 
It was my understanding that my green sticker fees were to provide a subsidy or pay wholey for on-the-ground projects including maintenance. I do not see how either of the two grant applications submitted by the Shasta Trinity NF would satisfy that type of use of the funds.
 
Given the current Record of Decision to close too many roads and trails, you would think the Shasta/Trinity would have plenty of funds to erect closure signs and patrol even less roads than needed patrolled previously. Less area to cover (by way of road closures) should result in less costs for maintenance and enforcement. Effectively the forest has no trails for use by OHV (other than Chappie), so unless the forest service is planning for large numbers of citizens to participate in civil disobedience (because they have no choice but to continue to recreate responsibly where they have for generations), there is no reason the general funded budget couldnt pay for signs and enforcement needs.

Although the Forest Service tries to hide their true intentions by mention of the Chappie OHV park multiple times throughout this application, the majority of the funds requested will be used to CLOSE ROADS AND TRAILS per their "Travel Management Plan". The related application for Law Enforcement is to provide more personnel to patrol these now "closed" roads. Please read their "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010", note that almost EVERY identifiable OHV trail /road is slated for closure under their plans.

Note on their application that they state HUGE numbers of Roads and trails, but of the 5,365 miles of roads, only 87 (EIGHTY-SEVEN) miles of trails are "open" for OHV use (excluding the Chappie OHV area). The Forest Service also states all "Level 3" roads (dirt roads), are Highways, and open ONLY to Licensed vehicles, even though the California Highway Patrol has stated these are NOT highways.

The Forest Service also states the lake bottoms at Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake are available for OHV use, but then state that all vehicles must be "highway legal vehicles only", and enforce a 15mph speed limit. How is this in any way related to OHV use?

Please consider giving this Grant application funding to the Redding BLM Office for direct Chappie OHV use, to expand trails and improve signage. They have worked hard to help improve OHV opportunities at Chappie and other areas.
 
Thank You for your time, [Damion Farley - Shasta/Trinity National Forest OHV User (or I used to be until I got shut out of my public lands) - 3/15/10]



 Please reject the forest service requests for OHV funds.  In the Shasta Trinity they establish that many OHV corridor roads are actually Highways, so OHV cannot use them, even though the California Highway Patrol, and the local Sheriff plainly state, these are not highways.  They talk of increased maintenance costs and each designation of road requires different maintenance costs.  If they reclassified these roads(that they onesidedly classified as highways) they could easily find the neccessary funds in their own books to fund the LEO's, barracades and closure signs that they claim to need.   Decreasing maintenance levels, saves money and opens more roads to OHV travel.  The forest Service has shown that they aren't interested in recreation, but only on isolation.
 
 Are you providing funds to the BLM to help them buy lands in existing OHV parks from the Forest Service so they can build trails?  That to me seems to be a better use of OHV money, to buy more land for OHV use, not close it. [Casey Crandall - 3/15/10]



 Application: Ground Operations
    Basia Trout

The following are my comments for the OHV Grant funding request:
 
The following are not included in the Grounds and Operations category and should be in a separate funding request from the Safety and Education category:
Other-user guides…$12,000
Other-maps for user guides…$10,000
Other-motor vehicle use maps…$12,000
It also seems that instead of 3 different documents, they could be combined into one for efficiency and cost reduction.
 
With the extreme reduction of non-street registered OHV opportunity through their Travel Management Plan, the Shasta Trinity NF is not following the spirit of the OHV program of providing OHV recreational opportunity, therefore, I OPPOSE funding for their project.
 
Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/15/10]


 72-0564834   USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest 

The Grant funds request by Shasta Trinity National Forest should be rejected.  Shasta-Trinity National Forest’s travel management plan does not uphold the spirit of the OHMVR Mission Statement giving cause for rejection.  Please take into consideration the massive trail closures Shasta Trinity has undertaken.  In lieu of providing for OHV opportunity, they have become an anti OHV entity and therefore should be denied funding that would be used to continue the direction they have chosen. 

The Shasta Trinity National Forest grant application states:
Total Miles Of Routes Available For OHV Recreation 5460
This is a very deceptive statement and is incorrect.  In fact; only 87 miles of trails and roads are open to OHV use in the new travel management plan outside the Chappie-Shasta (BLM) Off-Highway Vehicle Area. 

It appears Shasta Trinity is under the assumption Toyota Rav4’s and Land Rovers constitute OHV’s as they are four wheel drive vehicles with a license plate.  This is contrary to the intent of the OHMVR and the needs of the general OHV public. As my OHV lacks a license plate and is not street legal, I and all other non plated OHV’s are restricted to 87 miles of roads and trails

Prior to making a decision, please take the time to review their "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010". You will find that almost every identifiable OHV trail /road is slated for closure under their plans essentially eliminating all OHV opportunities in the region.   Approving this grant will work against the OHV community, not for it, as intended.

One way to provide funding in the Shasta Trinity area that can be used in a positive manner, true to the vision of the OHMVR, would be to consider providing the requested funding to Chappie-Shasta (BLM) Off-Highway Vehicle Area.  There it can be used for the true intent of the funds.  Such as education, trail maintenance, signage etc.  This would be a direct benefit to the OHV community.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. [Scott Davis  - 3/13/10]



 PLEASE PLEASE DENY THESE GRANTS.

72-0564834   USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest      
14-2875800   USFS - Shasta-Trinity NF - Patrol District

I have been following the process the best that I can.  I am an active outdoor person and love the fact that I am able to use the PUBLIC forests.  I can hunt, fish, camp, take my family, run my dog....all things I was able to do growing up and have continued to do.  However, these are all things that I will no longer be able to do it Mrs Heywood gets her way.  This process has not been fair.  We submitted plans for trails we wanted open and what did we get?  A 87 of the 5,365 miles.  I hunt on a quad, I fish in mountain lakes and streams that are off the main roads and I camp off the main road.  I will no longer be able to do this if Mrs Heywood wins this.  I feel these are PUBLIC forests.  They must be protected, they must be taken care of; however, they ARE PUBLIC and should these unbelievable restrictions.  Again, I urge you to deny these two grants.
 
Thank you for your time. [Justin Haynes - 3/13/10]


I am a Senior Citizen and a Rockhound. I and many of my associates in the hobby use ML-3 roads for access to collecting locations. A goodly number of us use OHV's to access these areas. The current Forestry Administration wants to "lock us out" of our forests.

PLEASE DENY THIS GRANT!

Although the Forest Service tries to hide their true intentions by mention of the Chappie OHV park multiple times throughout this application, the majority of the funds requested will be used to CLOSE ROADS AND TRAILS per their "Travel Management Plan". The related application for Law Enforcement is to provide more personnel to patrol these now "closed" roads. Please read their "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010", note that almost EVERY identifiable OHV trail/road is slated for closure under their plans.
Note on their application that they state HUGE numbers of Roads and triails, but of the 5,365 miles of roads, only 87 (EIGHTY-SEVEN) miles of trails are "open" for OHV use (excluding the Chappie OHV area). The Forest Service also states all "Level 3" roads (dirt roads), are Highways, and open ONLY to Licensed vehicles, even though the California Highway Patrol has stated these are NOT highways.

The Forest Service also states the lake bottoms at Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake are available for OHV use, but then state that all vehicles must be "highway legal vehicles only", and enforce a 15mph speed limit. How is this in any way related to OHV use?
Please consider giving this Grant application funding to the Redding BLM Office for direct Chappie OHV use, to expand trails and improve signage. They have worked hard to help improve OHV opportunities at Chappie and other areas.

Thank you for your kind attention.  [Danny A. Brown 3/12/10]



 I strongly oppose the Forest Service grant application  to close roads and trails in the National Forest. This land belongs to the people(tax payers) This is public land for public use. We pay your salaries and pay for the land. What right does the Federal Government have to shut down our property? The people in Shasta, Trinity, and Lassen forest depend on these areas for recreation and tourist income. If these roads are closed it will affect our struggling economy and jeprodize our way of life. It is time that WE THE PEOPLE HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD. Please consider giving this grant funding to the Redding BLM office for direct Chappie OHV use. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I expect an e-mail reply to this letter.  [Myra Swarts - 3/12/10]


 I ask that you deny these 2 OHV Program Grants! The Shasta-Trinity N.F. seems to be trying to hide their real intentions by mentioning the Chappie OHV Park throughout these applications while most of the Grant funds requested will be used to close roads and trails to OHV use in accordance with their "Travel Management Plan".

The law enforcement application for funds will be used to provide personnel in order to patrol these "closed" roads. In the Forest's "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010" almost all OHV roads/trails are to be closed!
According to the Grant applications the Forest states there are a very large number of roads/trails in the Forest but actually only eightyseven miles are to remain open to OHV use.(Not including the Chappie OHV area) Shasta-Trinity is classifying "Level 3" roads now as highways not open to non-street licensed vehicles even though our California Highway Patrol states that they do not recognize these "Level 3" roads as highways.  Also Shasta-Trinity states in the application that Shasta lake and Trinity lake bottoms will be open to OHV use and then they contradict that by the statement that vehicles allowed there will have to be 'highway-legal " and have a 15MPH speed limit. What does that have to do withh OHV?

 Please give the grant funding tothe Redding B.L.M. office for the direct use for the Chappie O.H.V. area for signage improvements and trail improvements/expansion. This will help the OHV community rather than have grant money that has a detrimental affect on O.H.V. opportunities.

I pay personally $150 every two years into the Green Sticker Fund and I don't want my money going to these two grant applications. [Bruce Bodenhofer - 3/12/10]



 This grant should be denied.  The money's intention is to be used for the creation and maintenance of trails, not the closure and enforcement of those closures on trails.  I feel the USFS has been repeatedly deceitful in their intentions.  I believe this to be another attempt at deception.
 
Thank you for your time. [Matthew Clarke - 3/12/10]



 PLEASE DENY THESE GRANTS!

Although the Forest Service tries to hide their true intentions by mention of the Chappie OHV park multiple times throughout this application, the majority of the funds requested will be used to CLOSE ROADS AND TRAILS per their "Travel Management Plan". The related application for Law Enforcement is to provide more personnel to patrol these now "closed" roads. Please read their "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010", note that almost EVERY identifiable OHV trail/road is slated for closure under their plans.

Note on their application that they state HUGE numbers of Roads and trails, but of the 5,365 miles of roads, only 87 (EIGHTY-SEVEN) miles of trails are "open" for OHV use (excluding the Chappie OHV area). The Forest Service also states all "Level 3" roads (dirt roads), are Highways, and open ONLY to Licensed vehicles, even though the California Highway Patrol has stated these are NOT highways. The Forest Service also states the lake bottoms at Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake are available for OHV use, but then state that all vehicles must be "highway legal vehicles only", and enforce a 15mph speed limit. How is this in any way
related to OHV use?

Please consider giving this Grant application funding to the Redding BLM Office for direct Chappie OHV use, to expand trails and improve signage. They have worked hard to help improve OHV opportunities at Chappie and other areas. The Forest service has done nothing for OHV other than complete closure. [Casey Crandall - 3/12/10]



 The information I see looks like this is funding simply to close more trails that should remain open to the public.

I OPPOSE THIS GRANT. [Fred Lucero - 3/12/10]



 72-0564834   USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest      
14-2875800   USFS - Shasta-Trinity NF - Patrol District      

PLEASE DENY THESE GRANTS! 

Although the Forest Service tries to hide their true intentions by mention of the Chappie OHV park multiple times throughout this application, the majority of the funds requested will be used to CLOSE ROADS AND TRAILS per their "Travel Management Plan". The related application for Law Enforcement is to provide more personnel to patrol these now "closed" roads. Please read their "Motorized Travel Management EIS 2010", note that almost EVERY identifiable OHV trail/road is slated for closure under their plans.
 
Note on their application that they state HUGE numbers of Roads and triails, but of the 5,365 miles of roads, only 87 (EIGHTY-SEVEN) miles of trails are "open" for OHV use (excluding the Chappie OHV area). The Forest Service also states all "Level 3" roads (dirt roads), are Highways, and open ONLY to Licensed vehicles, even though the California Highway Patrol has stated these are NOT highways.

The Forest Service also states the lake bottoms at Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake are available for OHV use, but then state that all vehicles must be "highway legal vehicles only", and enforce a 15mph speed limit. How is this in any way related to OHV use?
Please consider giving this Grant application funding to the Redding BLM Office for direct Chappie OHV use, to expand trails and improve signage. They have worked hard to help improve OHV opportunities at Chappie and other areas. [Russel Smith - 3/12/10]



 Please do not give any state money to a federal agency to close our public land to us.  I whole heartedly reject what the federal government is doing to our lands.  They are tying to kill local economies and discourage people from living free.  It appears as if they all want us to sit and a desk and enjoy the forest on a screensaver. [Casey Crandall - 3/11/10]



 DO NOT GRANT THIS FOREST ANY MONEY OUT OF THE OHV FUND.

This forest is not cooperating with the public, don't want any volunteer help.  I have asked them to build more trails in the existing parks to encourage people to ride responsibly but they are refusing.  They will not use the money to build trails or maintain current ones, thay are using the money to close things and hire LEO's.  WHAT A JOKE.  This forest administration is a joke, they are claiming the forest to be theirs and not the publics. 
 
I am so irritated with the direction this forest has taken and for them to have the gaul to ask for money to close more is ridiculous. [Cascade Paint - 3/10/10]