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BLM - Ukiah Field Office

 Grants for BLM Ukiah    G09-01-17-G01 and L01    Support as written. [David Pickett - 4/5/10]

 After reviewing Cow mountains current grant applications, we are in total support of your proposals. The Ukiah BLM office has been very supportive of OHV activity, and implementing current and future plans will further enhance the OHV experience at Cow mountain and Knoxville.

We look forward to continuing to have our event there and working together to improve the trail system. [Brad Seder - 4/3/10]

 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 field office has 152 or 145 miles of trails depending which form you look at, 100,541 visitors and 46,700 open acres for riding.   For a grant of $282,000
Enforcement:  $82,000 Seems reasonable, and only wish that :"Stay on Designated Trails" would be emphasized a lot more, This is a state, and national issue we have to push at every possible level.
Ground Operation.  $200,000  Staffing using my idea of 5% on staffing go to management, with a Recreation planner ant $50,000 that blows this way out of proportion.  Out of a $102,866  staff funding request, and $50,000 goes to Planner, that is too much.  For this amount of money, the supervisor for $5,000 is reasonable.  This has to be changed to a on the ground worker if it is to be supported.  I know the area can use on the ground work. 
Contracts: Restroom maintenance $54,000 seems excessive,  Exactly how many restrooms do you have, and are they SST?
Materials: Web cam, what  happened to the old one and what is this $7,200 used for, what is the end product of the Cam? [Ed Waldheim  "OHV activist for access to the public lands for all" - 3/28/10]

 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]