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Friends of the High Lakes

 I would like to give my full support for this grant applied for by the Friends of The High Lakes. I know of no other group that is so dedicated and passionate about maintaining  trails and educating OHV users in that area.They consistently strive to be the best and exceed the expectations. Monies they receive is always money well spent and ends up benefiting the area, the forest and all its users. [Rick Ferdon - 4/5/10]



 I would like to comment on the Grant request for Friends of the High Lakes, Ground Operations grant #G09-04-53-G01

Friends of the High Lakes has been recognized by the Forest Service as an exemplary example of dedicated volunteers making a difference in their local areas. FOTHL is dedicated to the continued access of the High Lakes area, and to that end the organization has worked hundreds of hours on the trail system, making it accessible again to OHV recreation.

The ability and success of Friends of the High Lakes is a direct credit to the organization and the volunteers. Their grant request highlights their previous successes and seeks to build on that success, with adopt-a-trail programs, and the proposed collaboration with CSU, Chico Research Foundation. Collaborations of this kind may indicate the future path of continued OHV access, and for the scale of this project, the grant requests amounts are well-defined and in proportion to the project.

I completely support this grant request. In fact, I am eager to learn about this project and see how this could relate to other areas in California. [Amy Granat - 4/5/10]



 The Friends of the High Lakes have been working hard to sustain trails in there area, and have had great success. They set a model of teamwork with their agency partners, and regularly deliver good plans, and then follow through with good execution, and good follow-up. They’ve crafted a straightforward grant request, and approval is particularly important because it helps maintain motorized access to a Semi-Primitive designated area (I believe this is unique in this state).
 
Theirs is a modest grant with specific commits and budgets, and I’m looking forward to seeing the FotHL on their trails this year. Accordingly, I support their grant request, knowing that they will make it a success.
 
Thank you for considering my comments. [Randy Burleson - 4/5/10]



 I am writing this letter to show my support for the following Grant Applications. 1) G09-04-53-G01 and 2) G09-02-08-G01. OHV use is on the increase across the country. The High Lakes OHV in the Lassen National forest is a very popular destination year round for many different users. In recent years the Friends of the High Lakes has coordinated several user groups in the area in order to maintain and repair trails within the area. Much has been done for the area, however much more work is needed to have a properly managed and sustainable OHV area. This grant funding will provide the Forest Service and the Friends of the High Lakes the support that is needed to be successful. I fully support these applications. [Darryl Merrin - 4/5/10]


 My name is Gary McElroy and have been using the High Lakes OHV Area for over 20 years with my family and friends. The High Lakes are part of our family history and I wish to continue to be able to utilize the area with my family and friends for many years to come.
I feel it is vital that this grant be approved to help with management and responsible use of the High Lakes OHV Area.  Collaboration with the CSU, Chico Research Foundation and the hiring of an Executive Director will ensure that proper management of the area will be taken care of for years to come. Volunteers have made the High Lakes OHV Area what is is today and approval of this grant would ensure its proper handling for the future. [Gary McElroy - 4/5/10]



 G-09-04-53-GO1 - Being a new organization, Friends of High Lakes wants to provide recreational opportunities for the citizens that wish to use the forest.

I support this grant. [Pat Henderson - 4/2/10]



 Grounds operation - High Lakes: GO9-02-08-GO1

I support this grant as long as it is used expressly with the Friends of High Lakes.  None of the monies should be utilized anywhere else.

I do hope there is accountability for these grants. [Pat Henderson - 4/2/10]


 
 Comment in support of grant request G09-04-53-G01

I urge the OHMVR Division to fund this grant.  Prior to the volunteer effort by the Friends of the High Lakes (FOTHL), the Forest Service has shown a lack of management and commitment within the High Lakes Area.  I believe the 2007 closures were a direct result of the Forest Service's lack of management and commitment to this area.  FOTHL's goals stated within their request are reasonable and needed as follows:

1.  Part time executive director - I agree that the High Lakes area is a large recreational asset and benefits more users than just 4x4 enthusiasts.  A part time director being compensated for his efforts, would likely better serve the 4x4 enthusiasts as well as be able to reach out to non 4x4 area users for volunteer/project coordination.  As a dirt biker and mountain biker focused on protecting OHV recreation in the Plumas NF, I rely on FOTHL to look out for my interests and to keep my club notified of issues and opportunities in the High Lakes, especially that of single track trails;

2.  CSU, Chico Research Foundation - I agree in the use and payment for student services on our public lands.  This grant would provide opportunities for our young adults to be part of collaborative sustainable management practices. 

Therefore, I support this grant request. [Doug Teeter - 4/3/10]



 We are writing on behalf of ourselves, as well as for the Quincy Wheelers 4WD Club in support of grant G09-04-53-G01.  We moved from So Cal to Nor Cal upon retirement.  Among the many fine attributes influencing our move to Quincy were the lakes and historic trails within The High Lakes OHV Area.  Shortly after we settled in here, we learned of the trail closures affecting some of the trails that were essential to the areas we prize. 

The Friends Of The High Lakes (FOTHL) organization has been amazingly effective in its level of commitment and achievements with a local base of folks who love The High Lakes and live in the local area.  FOTHL is 100% volunteer powered--anyone with affection for The High Lakes area can be a part of the group.  FOTHL is an excellent example of a working partnership with the Lassen National Forest.  The responsibilities and complexities of maintaining The High Lakes OHV area, has approached the limits of this volunteer organization.  There are no professional grant writers within the FOTHL, just people with a passion for the area.  FOTHL continues to bring hard working and knowledgeable folks together with the common goal of keeping The High Lakes area open to all.

Under the persistent and skillful guidance of our trail boss and FOTHL founder, Ken Knull, we were able to remediate decades of neglect in cooperation with the leadership staff of the Almanor Ranger District, as well as the Lassen National Forest Supervisor’s office.  To date, we have accomplished a lot, but much still remains to be done; and as we learned driving on the trail, “momentum is your friend.”  We respectfully request you to look favorably upon this grant application, so we do not lose our momentum helping to keep The High Lakes open to the public.

 Thank you for your time and consideration of this grant application. [Glenn & Deb Odell - 4/4/10]



 Grant # G09-04-53-G01 - We support and request your approving this grant for the people of this area. [Norman Sovereign - 4/4/10]



 I am writing you to let you know how important it is to me and my family that the Friends of the High Lakes is included in the Grant funding for 2010. I lived in Chico, Ca for five years (2002-2007) while going to school at California State University Chico. At least once or twice a month I made my way into the hills towards the High Lakes OHV area to get away and enjoy the great beauty of Mother Nature. I have personally seen the High Lake OHV area in many states of condition. Over the final years I really saw improvement and respect for what is “Chico’s hidden Gem” (well at least that what I called it). The people that use these areas are very mixed. You have your “I don’t care” attitude users and then on the opposite end of the spectrum you have “Please respect and enjoy” attitude of users.  Now with the Friends of the High lakes in place there has been much improvement to the attitude of all its users. But unfortunately that is just not enough.  The Friends of the High Lakes still struggles (mainly because of man power and funding) to help keep this public land open for all users. I honestly think that without The Friends of the High lakes and their volunteers this area would be closed. I still go out there as much as I can to enjoy the area, even though I am currently living in San Diego 600miles away. So for me it’s even more important (because it’s not in my back yard anymore, and getting up there takes a lot of time and planning). I would really be distraught and upset if this area were to be closed due to the lack of funding and support, actually it would be a real Shame to me, myfamily, my friends, and to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.  So please help keep this public land open for all by helping the Friends of the High Lakes and their mission to keep these trails open for all. [Andrew Burr - 4/4/10]


 Comments to Grant application #G09-04-53-G01

This grant seems very straightforward and clear.  The High Lakes area is one of the State's most special OHV areas as it entirely falls within a Semi-Primitive designated area.  This generally requires more specialized management than a bunch of weekend volunteers can do.  The neighboring Philbrook Community Association enthusiastically supports this grant.  It is very important to the Philbrook valley to have an OPEN OHV area nearby.  If it is closed due to lack of management again, we see the effects of this "knobby-tire overpopulation" directly in our watershed, as drivers/riders begin to find areas to drive/ride that are not managed for this activity.

In addition, most of our members spend a fair amount of time each year in the High Lakes, and significant numbers of visitors to our valley depend on the High Lakes for recreation in the area.

We also like the idea of the collaboration with the local university to bring in additional expertise and management capabilities.  This is quite forward-thinking and unique.  Though we believe the grant should be successful on its merits, it would be a good use of OHMVR monies to approve this grant as a pilot project.  Bringing our young leaders into this environment with a purpose is a something we need to find more ways to do.

A good example of this is the Stewardship Council's Youth Grant program which seeks to bring city kids into the outdoors so they don't just sit in an office someday and make decisions about someplace for which they have no understanding.  We should look for more ways to make these types of collaborative efforts with the leaders of the future.

We fully support this grant. [Nick Repanich, President - Philbrook Community Association - 3/30/10]



 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]



 I am writing you to let you know how important it is to me and my family that the Friends of the High Lakes is included in the Grant funding for 2010. I lived in Chico, Ca for five years (2002-2007) while going to school at California State University Chico. At least once or twice a month I made my way into the hills towards the High Lakes OHV area to get away and enjoy the great beauty of Mother Nature. I have personally seen the High Lake OHV area in many states of condition. Over the final years I really saw improvement and respect for what is “Chico’s hidden Gem” (well at least that what I called it). The people that use these areas are very mixed. You have your “I don’t care” attitude users and then on the opposite end of the spectrum you have “Please respect and enjoy” attitude of users.  Now with the Friends of the High lakes in place there has been much improvement to the attitude of all its users. But unfortunately that is just not enough.  The Friends of the High Lakes still struggles (mainly because of man power and funding) to help keep this public land open for all users. I honestly think that without The Friends of the High lakes and their volunteers this area would be closed. I still go out there as much as I can to enjoy the area, even though I am currently living in San Diego 600miles away. So for me it’s even more important (because it’s not in my back yard anymore, and getting up there takes a lot of time and planning). I would really be distraught and upset if this area were to be closed due to the lack of funding and support, actually it would be a real Shame to me, myfamily, my friends, and to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.  So please help keep this public land open for all by helping the Friends of the High Lakes and their mission to keep these trails open for all.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. [Andrew Burr - 3/27/10]



 I am writing in favor of the following Grant Application:
 
1.) G09-04-53-G01
2.) G09-02-08-G01
 
Any money spent on organization of volunteer efforts and/or on the ground projects is a dollar well spent in our National Forests.  If it wasn't for the efforts of user groups like FOTHL, OHV destinastions like this would be closed to motorized wheeled travel.
 
I commend FOTHL of their efforts and hope the group gets the funding they need to continue keeping trails open. [Casey Crandall - 3/23/10]



 Grant G09-02-08-G01 - Friends of the High Lakes
 
We are in full support of this grant application.
 
The Lassen Nat'l Forest has partnered effectively with Friends of the High Lakes to work towards repair and preservation of the High Lakes area impacted by prior lack of maintenance, extensive fire damage and inappropriate use.  The Friend of the High Lakes have implemented highly successful mitigation, educational and monitoring efforts in a wholehearted volunteer effort to preserve public use of an important recreational area.  Their efforts were recognized by the Forest Service in receiving Region 5's Forest Service Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009.  Neither the Forest Service or the grassroot volunteer organization Friends of the High Lakes has the funding and manpower to continue effectively with this stewardship program on their own; it is the collaborative partnership that makes the program highly successful.  Support in the form of funding for signage and other materials needed to maintain the area and appropriately direct camping and trail usage is critical to the success of this partnership venture. 
 
Please support the coordinated and dedicated efforts of our volunteers to maintain and improve the High Lakes area in a manner that is beneficial to the public as well as the forest area we protect and enjoy.  [Dave and Dot Morris - 3/21/10]


 Grant G09-04-53-G01
 
We fully support of this Grant Application, and respectfully request favorable consideration.
 
The effort to preserve the High Lakes for its beauty and recreational value has grown from a grassroots response to threat of closure to a well organized, progressive, comprehensive program that successfully integrates and addresses stewardship, mitigation and sustainability at many levels (Trail Patrol, educational efforts, maps, campsite maintenance, sanitary use, litter control, trail restoration,etc.).  The application for funding to provide for administrative staff support, and the growth of the program through use of talented and committed CSU Chico students as an additional resource for the immense amount of work needed to accomplish our goals, is critical, and laudable.  One thing you can count on, as evidenced by the cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership with the Lassen National Forest and the work already completed, is that the Friends of the High Lakes is a "can-do" organization fully vested and dedicated to making a positive impact on the High Lakes area.
 
Our commitment to the present and future of the area is evidenced by the active involvement in the Friends of the High Lakes (FOTHL) volunmteer organization.  The Lassen Nat'l Forest has partnered effectively with FOTHL to work towards repair and preservation of the High Lakes area impacted by prior lack of maintenance, extensive fire damage and inappropriate use.  The FOTHL have implemented highly successful mitigation, educational and monitoring efforts in a wholehearted volunteer effort to preserve public use of an important recreational area.  Their efforts were recognized by the Forest Service in receiving Region 5's Forest Service Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009.  Neither the Forest Service or the grassroots volunteer organization Friends of the High Lakes has had both the funding and the manpower to continue effectively with this stewardship program on their own; it is the collaborative partnership that makes the program highly successful. 
 
The work of the group continues to grow; the responsibilities involved are complex and require centralized organization and coordination in order to maintain established programs at the desired level, and we intend to expand our efforts.  The reporting, communication and record keeping requirements alone are very time consuming and necessary, not to mention outside meetings, negotiations with and maintenance of our partnership with the Lassen National Forest to further the joint efforts of preserving this area for recreational use while protecting and preserving its unique natural attributes.  Most of those participating in the organization are employed or self-employed on a full time basis, meaning that volunteer time available is limited, and largely taken up with the work party and Trail Patrol elements of participation in the organization.  The time commitment and depth of knowledge required of the organization's leadership in order to remain effective in this partnership with the Forest Service is such that funding for a part time executive director with office support is not just beneficial, it is essential. 
 
Background: 
 
My family has camped, hiked, fished and driven the roads and trails in the High Lakes area for over 50 years, as our parents and grandparents did before us.  We have witnessed first hand the deterioration of the area over the past 20 years or so, primarily due to inappropriate usage and the apparent inability of the Forest Service to fund maintenance of hiking and Jeep trails, and campsites.  The area has also been tremendously impacted by the Storrie and Camp Fires in recent years.  This area is part of our hearts and souls and must be preserved for our children and grandchildren - and, not as an area that can only be enjoyed by hikers, but for the general public who enjoy recreating on OHV roads and trails.  This is our public land and our heritage.  The goal of preserving ready access to the High Lakes area became an imperative for both of us, and our family.  Although we personally enjoy minimal driving about and prefer quiet camping and fishing, we are committed to diversity of use and respect for the rights of all persons to enjoy this land, including the rock crawlers and 4WD users who appreciate the area for its challenging courses. 
 
As member and supporters of  FOTHL, we have volunteered many hours for road rehabilitation, site clean up, and organizational efforts for future projects.
 
Over the past several years, we have watched the recreational users of this area bind together in a cohesive effort to improve usage, educate the public, monitor trail usage through the Trail Patrol, and perform labor intensive tasks that the Forest Service, on their own, would be unable to fund and accomplish.
 
The FOTHL has truly made measurable progress, and fully intends to build upon those achievements.  It is a big job.  The nature and scope of this collaborative process is such that it requires a tremendous amount of time from a few key leaders within the organization to research, communicate, meet with Forest Service personnel, complete applications, arrange and conduct meetings, coordinate work parties, etc.  The work involved has been more than a full time effort on the part of at least one person.  The responsibility of  leading the charge to plan and execute the work of the and requires not just dedication and good intentions; it is essential to be informed and effective at working within the framework of both government and non-profit parameters to achieve goals important to all parties involved. 
 
It is important to note that this organization has been amazingly effective in its level of commitment and achievements with a local base of folks who love the high lakes and live in the local area.  It is not a large regional organization, and therefore has limited financial resources to work with.  The FOTHL does not have professional grant writers within the organization, but it does have knowledgeable and hard working individuals, who have brought valuable perspective and priorities to the table, and managed to create the cohesive synergy and commitment needed for the organization to achieve measurable progress.
 
Please approve out Grant Application for funding to continue the responsible and effective stewardship of this beautiful public area.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration,  [Dave and Dot Morris - 3/21/10]


 Grant G09-04-53-G01
 
We fully support of this Grant Application, and respectfully request favorable consideration.
 
We have camped, hiked, fished and driven the roads and trails in the High Lakes area for over 50 years, as our parents and grandparents did before us.  We have witnessed first hand the deterioration of the area over the past 20 years or so, primarily due to inappropriate usage and the apparent inability of the Forest Service to fund maintenance of hiking and Jeep trails, and campsites.  The area has also been tremendously impacted by the Storrie and Camp Fires in recent years.  This area is part of our hearts and souls and must be preserved for our children and grandchildren - and, not as an area that can only be enjoyed by hikers, but for the general public who enjoy recreating on OHV roads and trails.  This is our public land and our heritage.  The goal of preserving ready access to the High Lakes area became an imperative for both of us, and our family.  Although we personally enjoy minimal driving about and prefer quiet camping and fishing, we are committed to diversity of use and respect for the rights of all persons to enjoy this land, including the rock crawlers and 4WD users who appreciate the area for its challenging courses. 
 
Because of our commitment to the present and future of the area, we became actively involved in the Friends of the High Lakes (FOTHL) organization as volunteers.  The Lassen Nat'l Forest has partnered effectively with FOTHL to work towards repair and preservation of the High Lakes area impacted by prior lack of maintenance, extensive fire damage and inappropriate use.  The FOTHL have implemented highly successful mitigation, educational and monitoring efforts in a wholehearted volunteer effort to preserve public use of an important recreational area.  Their efforts were recognized by the Forest Service in receiving Region 5's Forest Service Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009.  Neither the Forest Service or the grassroots volunteer organization Friends of the High Lakes has the funding and manpower to continue effectively with this stewardship program on their own; it is the collaborative partnership that makes the program highly successful. 
 
As member and supporters of  FOTHL, we have volunteered many hours for road rehabilitation, site clean up, and organizational efforts for future projects. 
Over the past several years, we have watched the recreational users of this area bind together in a cohesive effort to improve usage, educate the public, monitor trail usage through the Trail Patrol, and perform labor intensive tasks that the Forest Service, on their own, would be unable to fund and accomplish.  The FOTHL has truly made measurable progress, and fully intends to build upon those achievements.  It is a big job.  The nature and scope of this collaborative process is such that it requires a tremendous amount of time from a few key leaders within the organization to research, communicate, meet with Forest Service personnel, complete applications, arrange and conduct meetings, coordinate work parties, etc.  The work involved has been more than a full time effort on the part of at least one person.  The responsibility of  leading the charge to plan and execute the work of the and requires not just dedication and good intentions; it is essential to be informed and effective at working within the framework of both government and non-profit parameters to achieve goals important to all parties involved. 
 
It is important to note that this organization has been amazingly effective in its level of commitment and achievements with a local base of folks who love the high lakes and live in the local area.  It is not a large regional organization, and therefore has limited financial resources to work with.  The FOTHL does not have professional grant writers within the organization, but it does have knowledgeable and hard working individuals, who have brought valuable perspective and priorities to the table, and managed to create the cohesive synergy and commitment needed for the organization to achieve measurable progress.  The work of the group continues to grow; the responsibilities involved are complex and require centralized organization and coordination in order to maintain established programs at the desired level, and we intend to expand our efforts.  The reporting, communication and record keeping requirements alone are very time consuming and necessary, not to mention outside meetings, negotiations with and maintenance of our partnership with the Lassen National Forest to further the joint efforts of preserving this area for recreational use while protecting and preserving its unique natural attributes.  Most of those participating in the organization are employed or self-employed on a full time basis, meaning that volunteer time available is limited, and largely taken up with the work party and Trail Patrol elements of participation in the organization.  The time commitment and depth of knowledge required of the organization's leadership in order to remain effective in this partnership with the Forest Service is such that funding for a part time executive director with office support is not just beneficial, it is essential. 
 
The effort to preserve the High Lakes for its beauty and recreational value has grown from a grassroots response to threat of closure to a well organized, progressive, comprehensive program that successfully integrates and addresses stewardship, mitigation and sustainability at many levels (Trail Patrol, educational efforts, maps, campsite maintenance, sanitary use, litter control, trail restoration,etc.).  The application for funding to provide for administrative staff support, and the growth of the program through use of talented and committed CSU Chico students as an additional resource for the immense amount of work needed to accomplish our goals, is critical, and laudable.  One thing you can count on, as evidenced by the cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership with the Lassen National Forest and the work already completed, is that the Friends of the High Lakes is a "can-do" organization fully vested and dedicated to making a positive impact on the High Lakes area.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration. [Peggy Moak - 3/21/10]


 As a member of the Recreation Outdoors Coalition, which represents many recreational enthusiasts in Northern California, we strongly support this grant.  This newly formed organization is an excellent example of a working partnership between Forest and Volunteers to provide managed recreational opportunities for the general public.  Friends of the High Lakes, with help from local clubs, has done an excellent job of mitigating and repairing many areas that were in need of a lot of work to preserve the resources while maintaining high quality and challenging OHV opportunities.  Through this partnership and organization of participants they have used management, maintenance and education to upgrade and maintain an area long in need of attention. I have personally been there when these wonderful volunteers moved tons of rocks to repair culverts long neglected.
 
It is commendable that a volunteer group see the needs of a well loved area and have the vision and energy to take such a strong position in seeing that the area be repaired, improved and preserved for future generations.  Their vision has been embraced by the Lassen National Forest and they have forged an excellent working relationship with the agency by proving they can handle the job.
 
ROC highly supports this grant and feels this will be an excellent example for other groups who are willing to take on an energetic endeavor like this one. [Brendan Hathaway - 3/21/10]



 I am writing in favor of the following Grant Application:
 
1.) G09-04-53-G01
2.) G09-02-08-G01
 
Any money spent on organization of volunteer efforts and/or on the ground projects is a dollar well spent in our National Forests.  If it wasn't for the efforts of user groups like FOTHL, OHV destinastions like this would be closed to motorized wheeled travel.
 
I commend FOTHL of their efforts and hope the group gets the funding they need to continue keeping trails open.
 
Thank You, [Damion Farley - 3/19/10]



 I do not support this application.  FOTHL has morphed from a volunteer organization into one now requiring paid staff and paid contractors to implement on the ground operations in the High Lakes OHV Area, Lassen National Forest.  FOTHL is asking for $82,940 for a part-time executive director ($30,000), a contract with CSU Chico Research Foundation for $45,000, and indirect expenses for $7,540. 

FOTHL’s application descriptions are redundant.  The request for indirect expenses is not described.  On the ground operations are not described in any detail.  Key projects in the Project Description include the words:  “coordinate and manage.”  I do not know what this means or what work will actually be accomplished and where within the OHV area.  The application is very vague and poorly written.  There is no trail log of work that is needed or information on campsites or shoreline areas that need rehabilitation.  As an active volunteer with other non-profit and trail organizations, I do not agree with the statement:  “ . . . it is unrealistic and impractical to run an organization of this size and scope on a purely volunteer basis.” 

As an alternative, FOTHL should consider charging a membership fee and then use these funds for their “volunteer” activities in the High Lakes.  If people are truly dedicated to maintaining this area, they will want to pay a membership fee to ensure it remains open and available for recreational use.  In addition, I suggest the Forest Service implement a seasonal closure for the area so vehicles are not on the trails right after spring melt.  You can expect trail damage as described in the application when users are in the area when surface conditions are wet and patches of snow are still on the ground. 

This application is in addition to another one submitted by the Lassen National Forest for the High Lakes OHV Area  (G09-02-08-G01).  Under this grant application, the Lassen National Forest has requested a total of $64,700 of which $18,000 is for implementing the FS’s agreement with the FOTHL.  The combined OHV grant request for both High Lakes OHV Area applications is exorbitantly high at $147,640, and unnecessary.  I cannot support this level State OHV funding for this one OHV area or for a group that is supposed to be a “volunteer” organization.  [Elizabeth Norton - 3/17/10]


 I agree [with ROC's comments listed below]. [Gary Otremba P.E. - 3/19/10]



 As chair of Recreation Outdoors Coalition I am writing to express our members support for the High Lakes grant request GO9-02-08-GO1.
 
High Lakes is a very desirable OHV area that has been adopted by a very well organized group of volunteers who have a vision and understand the value and needs of the area.  They have a burning desire to maintain the area for managed recreation that not only provides quality recreational opportunity but also to protects the resources and heritage.  Friends of High Lakes has done their research and come up with very creative ideas for how to mitigate the issues with sustainable solutions.  They have presented the FS with their vision and have a very good working partnership with the agency, which is very supportive.
 
The match on this project makes it a very cost effective grant to fund.  ROC supports this grant. [Sylvia Milligan, Chair - ROC - 3/16/10]



 Recreation Outdoors Coalition, which represents many recreational enthusiasts in NO. CA strongly support this grant.  This newly formed organization is an excellent example of a working partnership between Forest and Volunteers to provide managed recreational opportunities for the general public.  Friends of the High Lakes, with help from local clubs, has done an excellent job of mitigating and repairing many areas that were in need of a lot of work to preserve the resources while maintaining high quality and challenging OHV opportunities.  Through this partnership and organization of participants they have used management, maintenance and education to upgrade and maintain an area long in need of attention.  I have personally been there when these wonderful volunteers moved tons of rocks to repair culverts long neglected.
 
It is commendable that a volunteer group see the needs of a well loved area and have the vision and energy to take such a strong position in seeing that the area be repaired, improved and preserved for future generations.  Their vision has been embraced by the Lassen National Forest and they have forged an excellent working relationship with the agency by proving they can handle the job.
 
ROC highly supports this grant and feels this will be an excellent example for other groups who are willing to take on an energetic endeavor like this one. [Sylvia Milligan, Chair - ROC - 3/16/10]



 Sir; I am in favor of grants 1 & 2.  These grants are needed to insure the continued viability and future improvements of a truly unique & beautiful area that the High Lakes are. Thank You. [Dan Foshee - 3/10/10]