USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
See attached support letter. [Byng Hunt - 4/5/10]
Please find attached comments from The Wilderness Society on two pending grants to the OHMVR Division from the U.S. Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe for ground operations and law enforcement. [Sally Miller - 4/4/10]
Please accept these comments. [Duane "Hap" Hazard, Mono County Supervisor - 4/4/10]
Ref: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) grant applications for the 2009-2010 grants and cooperative agreements program. G09-02-04-G01 and G09-02-24-L01 (HTNF and HTNF Patrol District).
I am writing this personal letter in support of the above mentioned applications which seek funds to back year round efforts by both the Carson Ranger District and the Bridgeport Ranger District for operations and for law enforcement.
As an outdoors enthusiast, I've often visited reaches of the HTNF within both of these districts in summer and winter. In fact, I am most familiar with the Bridgeport and Carson Districts during snow season as I have snowshoed and skied the back country there for nearly two decades.
Based on this experience I can attest that snow season demands on these districts are large and growing. Even if that might be true nearly everywhere, on the HTNF the need to meet these demands is now acute.
An example of the immediacy and size of demands on the HTNF is the new Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) created by Congress and affirmed as law in 2009. The BWRA is to serve as a focus for high-altitude, high-end snowmobiling, but also, being multiple use National Forest, must support other snowmobile uses as well.
Snowmobiles are already authorized and used on the BWRA, typically off roads, for the four snowiest months of the snow season. Visitors include dedicated snowmobile motorists from across the country, high-performance snowmobile test crews, video film crews, 'snowmoboarders' & snowmobile-skiers and, perhaps soon, commercial outfitter activities.
Under California law, it appears that numerous permutations of snow craft are allowed to access the BWRA as ever they can (typically upon the grade of CA SR 108) and, ostensibly, at their own risk. These might include anything from 75cc scooter craft to 1000cc specialty snowmobiles, customized and modified snowmobiles, 'rock-sleds', modified snow-motorcycles, etc.
At this venue - where snowmobiles are even used to traverse bare asphalt to attain snowpack which may be vertically removed by one-thousand feet or more - the HTNF has identified potential parking for more than 100 snowmobile trailers and other snow-craft transport/staging vehicles from the Sierra's east side. (The potential for increase in BWRA visitation from snowmobile west-side entry has not been evaluated but is not in doubt).
No less, terrain on the BWRA is of high value to the USMC, which has been able - so far with remarkable smoothness - to integrate its mountain warfare training activities on the area for more than half a century.
Also, the BWRA adjoins the Emigrant and Hoover Wilderness areas and it abuts the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), all of which is valued for non motorized access. The BWRA is also home to a Sierran amphibian species in decline (Yosemite Toad). Securing vehicular compliance in this complex and sensitive terrain is a difficult but important challenge.
Frankly, the HTNF is being overloaded with demand and truly needs every bit of support that is available.
It even faces a Congressional 'no-fail' mandate in the following sense: If the HTNF cannot obtain compliance with the Congressionally-specified requirements for orderly, reliably law-compliant and sustainable motorized recreation at this unique venue - if it cannot provide or implement the standards, signage, guidance, patrols, facilities and monitoring to successfully integrate high-intensity snowmobile activity into this complex multiple use formula - motorsport will suffer along with the valued resource and the users thereof.
Again, management challenges on the BWRA comprise just a fraction of the summer and winter demands that the HTNF must meet. Therefore, I hope that you will consider funding both HTNF requests in their entirety. [Jeff Erdoes - 3/30/10]
Attached is a letter of support for the Humboldt-Toiyabe’s application for CA OHV funds. [Justin Kooyman - 3/30/10]
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]