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USFS - Shasta-Trinity NF - Patrol District

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


 I do not favor granting funds to any agency that is going to use my green sticker monies to restrict my riding areas.  Nor to hire extra personal for teaching or informing the public where they can  and cannot ride... which includes maps, signs or offices to call.

these should be financed by their own alloted monies from the parent agency.  I consider it double dipping, if they get tax dollars for restricting my riding, then get some of my green sticker money also. [Pat Henderson - 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]



 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]



 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]


 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]


 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]


 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 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 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]


 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]


 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]



 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]


 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]