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USFS - Mendocino National Forest

 Mendocino Grants G09-02-10-G01, P01, P02 and R01   All SUPPORT for grants as written. [David Pickett - 4/5/10]

 The California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) strongly supports the Mendocino 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. The Mendocino National Forest has done an excellent job over the years in improving its OHV program, and has identified and closed numerous unauthorized routes while still providing for organized and authorized vehicular recreation. We believe that these proposals reflect the 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 Thomas Creek Back-Country Area. Unauthorized OHV use in this area has resulted in resource damage and has lessened the opportunities for primitive recreational experiences that the area was intended to provide. Proposed restoration activities, including re-grading and disguising unauthorized routes, installing barriers, and posting signs will help to protect the natural resources of the area and prevent further OHV incursions. In addition, 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. Although the proposal is to conduct at least two visits to the area per year, more frequent monitoring may be needed to prevent continued damage.
The proposed activities contained in the ground operations grant request, including monitoring and surveying, trail conservation maintenance, erosion control, and installation of directional signs, are also essential to providing a high-quality, well-managed and sustainable OHV program in Mendocino National Forest.
If you need volunteers to help implement these or other projects in Mendocino National Forest, please do not hesitate to contact us. [Sean Baumgarten - 4/2/10]

 Comment in support of grant request G09-02-10-P01

I urge the OHMVR Division to fund this grant.  OHMVR dollars need to be spent on making previously existing routes into sustainable public trails.  This is one such opportunity. [Doug Teeter - 4/3/10]

 I support the USFS Mendocino National Forest "Ground Operations" grant request G09-02-13-G01. As a regular visitor to the Mendocino National Forest I can attest to the public need for ongoing funding of maintenance activities in the forest. The Mendocino National Forest with its close proximity to the Sacramento and Bay Area, coupled with its large network of OHV routes, makes this forest an attractive destination area for the OHV enthusiast. Add the fact that the Mendocino National Forest hosts several enduro events and dual sport events, it is clear that the Mendocino National Forest is a vital component to OHV recreation.

As a result of tightening budgets in past years, I have seen trail conditions deteriorate due to neglect and lack of proper trail maintenance. If this trend is not reversed the likely result will be trail closure and in turn, OHV recreation will severely suffer. The public has already lost a major opportunity to recreate in the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) which has dramatically impacted OHV recreation. The result is that members of the public who regularly recreate in the CCMA have had to seek alternative places to recreate.

The Mendocino National Forest's OHV trail system is on par in size and scope of the CCMA, and is going to shoulder much of the burden of the displaced users of the CCMA. It is more important than ever that we establish and properly fund a trail maintenance program at this OHV destination. [Kevin Liles - 3/30/10]

 I support the USFS-Mendocino National Forest "Trail 32 Reroute" grant request G09-02-10-P02. 

Trail 32 provides vital connectivity between the Davis Flat Campground (the largest staging area) and the main trail system.  Specifically, trail 32 is one of two "intermediate" skill level trails that provides access from Davis Flat campground to the trail system, therefore if trail 32 is not rerouted, the public is left with only one "intermediate" level trail to exit the campground. Excluding the sole remaining "intermediate" level trail, the public's only other option consist of three additional routes to access the trail system, all of which have major drawbacks:  Two of the routes are actually roads which are open to high clearance four wheeled vehicles.  The remaining route is a challenging "most difficult" level trail that some users will find to difficult to ride successfully.  Considering the fact that Davis Flat is a popular campground for OHV families, this trail 32 reroute is important to keep novice riders and children off of both roads and "most difficult" trails. [Kevin Liles - 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]

 I support the USFS - Mendocino National Forest "Sullivan Ridge Planning" grant request G09-02-10-P01. 

As a member of the Valley Climbers Motorcycle Club, I would like to thank and applaud the Mendocino National Forest for both working in cooperation with our motorcycle club and for applying for this grant.  If awarded this grant, the OHV community will be one step closer to benefiting from the addition of a highly desired OHV trail into the NFTS. 

The Stonyford area is a major OHV destination in Northern California.  Although the Stonyford area is large and provides approximately 128 miles of trails, the amount of true single-track trail available as "Open to Motorcycle Only"  totals a mere 8.5 miles.  The Valley Climbers Motorcycle Club supports a diverse variety of trail types and classifications, unfortunately at present time, single-track trails suitable for motorcycles are scarce in the Mendocino National Forest.  This grant is a first step to increasing trail diversity and promoting true single-track within the Mendocino National Forest. [Kevin Liles - 3/26/10]

 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]