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BLM - Redding Field Office

 Grants for BLM Redding   G09-01-14-G01 & L01  Support as written. [David Pickett - 4/5/10]



 G01 Operations and Maintenance

As a rider that uses the Chappie OHV Park, I support the efforts the personal are putting forth to continue our riding enjoyment.

I think they should have the grants they have asked for.

Grant L01  Law enforcement.

I believe granting money to BLM for law enforcement should be given.  The personal protect the users of the OHV area, while also keeping an eye for those that willingly disrupt others.  While we like having the freedom to ride, we also like the idea of having law enforcement.  [Pat Henderson - 4/2/10]



 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]



 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]


 This grant on Staff is reasonable  except the OHV coordinator, that is almost 30% of the $99,000  in staff. Unless this coordinator works on the ground, those hours need to be adjusted down wards.   It does not take that much time to coordinate $69,000 worth of wages.  ($99,000 less $30,000 coordinator) leaves net wages $69,000
 
Contracts, this is a hidden area for misunderstanding.  Of the $52,000 exactly what are they go to pave, Specific road and miles. What are the wages, material, equipment and profit in this contract.  Profit should be negotiated .  
 
Equipment purchase, this is over the top. There is absolutely no justification for a $135,000 road Grader.  Knowing some of the trail in that area, the last thing user want is a road grader.  And if you need one, rent one. Otherwise it is going to be sitting in the yard or you are going to grade roads that Green Sticker cannot use anyway. That is not good use of OHV funds.   [Ed Waldheim  "OHV activist for access to the public lands for all" - 3/28/10]



 The Redding Dirt Riders Support these Grants to BLM.

Not only does this agency work well with the public but they work well with the county agencies and officials.  This is an exemplary example of what a good OHV program should look like both on the ground and in dealing with the public.
 
We agree with ROC's letter attached. [Stewart Helmer - 3/16/10]



 Recreation Outdoors Coalition, which represents many outdoor enthusiasts in the NO. State, fully supports both of these grants.  Not only does this agency work well with the public but they work well with the county agencies and officials.  This is an exemplary example of what a good OHV program should look like both on the ground and in dealing with the public.  This agencies listens to the public and provides the quality and type of recreational opportunity the public wants.  The Chappie OHV area manager utilizes the energies and enthusiasm of the user by working with them on many volunteer projects and understands that when they allow the public to help they have buy in and care for the area.  Public input is evaluated and decisions on improvements are made based on this input.
 
The Chappie OHV area is just outside the city of Redding and Shasta Lake City and is a very good neighbor.  There are never any complaints from the residents about noise, dust, etc.  The Chappie is a good neighbor and even though the area is interspersed with private lands there is very little conflict.
 
This BLM  division also uses its money wisely and for good cause.  It is obvious that every dime they receive is utilized for its intended purpose.  Jobs are completed in a timely manner.  They do an excellent job of protecting the resources while providing an range of opportunities.  This agency is not into closing off access but to providing quality, managed access with public involvement.  There are never any complaints to me about what is happening in the Chappie.  ROC therefore highly recommends this grant request be fully funded.
 
Grant L01  Law enforcement
 
ROC also supports this portion of the grant because a presence of law enforcement helps preserve recreational opportunities for those who ride respectfully and legally.  Their presence is important also to keep illegal camping, dumping, and lack of compliance from being a problem.  One would presume their law enforcement officers work well with the public because ROC has never heard of any complaints.  We support this grant.
 
Respectfully submitted by [Sylvia Milligan, Chairperson, ROC - 3/16/10]


 This G09-01-14-G01 application is meant for ground work/maintenance of the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area for Redding, CA BLM. BLM in Redding has been exceptional in maintaining our OHV area and promoting OHV use in Shasta-Trinity county.
 
Please approve this application which utilizes funds for projects that benefit the 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]



 This application is what the Grant funding was created to provide! The grant request is going to directly improve the quality and quantity of trails at the Chappie OHV park at Shasta Dam.

PLEASE - Approve this application, and consider adding in the additional funds requested by the Shasta Trinity National Forest to THIS grant. While STNF is looking for ways to shut out OHV use, the BLM office is an active supporter of OHV activity... [Russ Smith - 3/15/10]



 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.

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

[Terry Rust - 3/14/10]


 To clarify the following sentence: The request is to provide the grant money to the Redding BLM Office (not Shasta Trinity) to be used for the BLM Chappie OHV area where it can and would be used for the intended purpose of the funds.

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.

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 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]