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 The California Wilderness Coalition strongly supports the Bishop Field Office’s 2009-2010 grant application proposals for Cooperative Agreements with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. We believe that the proposals reflect the Bishop Field Office’s ongoing commitment to maintain an OHV program that balances recreational opportunities with ecological safeguards.
We are particularly pleased by the three restoration grant requests in the application. Proposed activities in the Chalfant Valley, including installing signs, barricading unauthorized routes, and planting native vegetation in affected areas, will reduce soil erosion and enhance the scenic value of the area. Protecting previously restored sites in the Alabama Hills by patrolling, maintaining and improving signs and barricades, and providing maps to OHV users showing designated routes will help to ensure that the ecological integrity of the area continues to improve. Lastly, conducting a cultural resource inventory and evaluation in the White Mountains will provide the basis for determining which routes may need to be closed in order to protect those resources.
We also support Bishop Field Office’s law enforcement grant request. We hope that an increased law enforcement presence, proper signage, barrier installation where needed, and public education efforts will largely eliminate the problem of illegal OHV use in unauthorized areas.
If you need volunteers to help implement these or other projects in the Bishop Field Office, please do not hesitate to contact us. [Sean Baumgarten - 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]

 It has been a pleasure working with the new Field manager  Bernadette Lovato and Rich Williams.  Their grant is very modest given that they have 2500 miles of OHV trails and  642,102 visitors.  However those visitors are joint visitors with Inyo National Forest.   I support this grant and as I have done at meetings and all other grantee's  we need to make sure we go after the "Willfully Ignorant"  visitor and emphasize "Stay on Designated Trails"  this has to be really emphasized through all grants and especially in law enforcement.
Restoration I would have like to see all these under one Restoration, but because of the small dollar amount, it is not worth changing at this point.
Good Job. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/27/10]

 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]