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USFS - Los Padres National Forest

 This forest has 565 miles of OHV routes, with a visitation of 153,931 
 
Ground operation $290,000  and last year they received   $125,980  This is a very big jump and you must wonder why.  The worry we have is that they have $12,000 for Ojai trail specialist but are not putting money in grant for tractor crew to get the job done.   They show a match of $2,400 but that hardly will do the job.   When you have OHV grant money you expect to get a lot done on the ground and it is not fair to expect such a high contribution of volunteer hour,3010 hrs   , they burn out.  No one  wants to volunteer that much.  In Santa Lucia we ask for $75,000 for rec .specialist.  Mt Pinos $90,000  Other specialist $15,000 and then a dozer as Forest Match. Something does not compute here.  All these specialist should be paid by forest, and give the OHV money the necessary money to do the job on the ground, i.e. tractor operator., Something here does not compute.   Santa Lucia ccc crew, what do they do in 10- days for $20,000.    Other Frazier Mtn. Railhead  head for $94,000 should be in development,.
 
In the interest of time I agree with Mr. Bruce Whitcher comments. [Ed Waldheim : OHV activist for access to public lands for all  - 4/5/10]


 Attached, please find our comments on the Preliminary Grant Application for the Los Padres National Forest. We support the restoration and law enforcement components of this preliminary application. Thank you for your consideration. [Jeff Kuyper, Executive Director, Los Padres ForestWatch - 4/5/10]



 The California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) strongly supports the Los Padres National Forest’s 2009-2010 restoration, ground operations, and education and safety grant application proposals for Cooperative Agreements with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. We believe that these proposals reflect the Los Padres National Forest’s ongoing commitment to maintain an OHV program that balances recreational opportunities with ecological safeguards.
 
We are particularly pleased by the grant request for restoration activities in the Pozo/La Panza and Rockfront OHV riding areas. OHV use on unauthorized routes in this area has resulted in resource damage, and if left unaddressed may lead to the further proliferation of unauthorized routes. Installing barriers and signs to deter or prevent illegal OHV use will help to protect the wildlife, vegetation, soils, and waterways in these areas. In addition, thorough, on-going monitoring is needed to evaluate the success of these restoration activities and to identify areas where additional measures need to be taken to protect resources.
 
The proposed activities contained in the ground operations grant request, including monitoring and surveying, trail maintenance, and the production of maps showing designated OHV routes, are essential to providing a high-quality, well-managed and sustainable OHV program in Los Padres National Forest. We also support the education and safety grant proposals to educate users about the environmental impacts of OHV use and ways to minimize them.
 
If you need volunteers to help implement these or other projects in Los Padres National Forest, 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]


 Sierra Club comments attached. [3/26/10]



 Please find attached my comments on the 2009-2010 preliminary grant application. [Bruce Whitcher, CCMA - 3/23/10]



 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]


 I couldn't post a comment on the site, to complicated. So I am writing you to request that you NOT give Los Padres National Forest the grant requested. I read it and it is all about shutting off access to OHV areas or dumb things like how to ride a bike. That is the way I read it. My OHV funds should only go to things that EXPAND OHV opportunities, like more trails!

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion, even though it will not matter. You will grant them the money to create less area to ride. [C.W. Johnson - 3/16/10]


 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]