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USFS - Stanislaus National Forest

 The California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) strongly supports the Stanislaus 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 these proposals reflect the Stanislaus National Forest’s ongoing commitment to maintain an OHV program that balances recreational opportunities with ecological safeguards.
We are particularly pleased with the five restoration grant requests. Illegal OHV use in the vicinity of Cedar Ridge, Hull Creek, Trout Creek, Clavey River, Ackerson Meadow, and the North Fork of Halls Gulch is currently causing significant damage to natural and cultural resources. Development of restoration plans for these areas is needed so that steps can be taken as soon as possible to restore the affected areas and prevent OHV use on unauthorized routes. Equally important is the grant request for funds to maintain recently completed restoration projects in the Mi-Wok Ranger District. On-going monitoring and repair and maintenance of signs and barriers will help to ensure the long-term success of these projects.
We also support the Stanislaus National Forest’s ground operations grant requests. We hope that the proposed activities, including route maintenance, sign repair and replacement, closure of newly created unauthorized routes, implementation of the Habitat Management Program and Soil Conservation Plan, and monitoring will largely eliminate the problem of illegal OHV use off designated routes.
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]