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USFS - Angeles National Forest

 Ground operation for $148,000 for a forest that has 270 miles of riding available to OHV Green Sticker, and 140 acres of open area with a visitation of 138,411 as described in Evaluation criteria are a reasonable request for O & M.  Last year they asked for $170,000 so this is less than last year . You are to be commended.
 
Your other grants are all small and reasonable, so  I fully support this.   [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all "  - 4/5/10]


 The California Wilderness Coalition strongly supports the Angeles National Forest’s 2009-2010 restoration and ground operations 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 Angeles National Forest’s ongoing commitment to maintain an OHV program that balances recreational opportunities with ecological safeguards.
 
We are particularly pleased by the restoration grant requests for funding to construct barriers, scarify compacted soil, install signs, and monitor restoration in sites impacted by illegal OHV use. If fully implemented, these measures will help to improve habitat viability and discourage continued OHV incursions in the affected areas. A key component of any successful restoration project is the use of on-going monitoring to determine the effectiveness of the project and whether or not additional management actions are necessary. In the final grant proposal, we encourage the Angeles National Forest to further articulate how on-going monitoring will be used to identify areas where additional steps may be needed to prevent resource damage.
 
The proposed activities contained in the ground operations grant request, including trail conservation maintenance, monitoring, and repairing and installing signs and barriers, are also essential to providing a high-quality, well-managed and sustainable OHV program in the Angeles National Forest.
 
If you need volunteers to help implement these or other projects, 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]


 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 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]