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USFS - Lassen/Plumas NF - Patrol District

 LNF Law Enforcement: GO9-02-27-LO1 and PNF Law Enforcement: GO9-02-27-LO2

I am not totally convinced that the Lassen National Forest is working to help the OHV enthusiast.  I would like to see them show me more to get my green sticker funds.

I want more roads, more level 3 travel, and the remote campsite made accessible, instead of them being blocked off with large rocks.  Even if the remote campsites are made for tenting, then signs could indicate tent camping, and allow the camper to drive into the site, rather than make them carry all the gear to the site.  Such actions have been enforced at Hat Creek, near the lost creek junction. [Pat Henderson  - 4/2/10]

 Comment for denial of grant requests G09-02-27-L02 and G09-02-27-L01

I urge the OHMVR Division to not fund these grants.  The Lassen NF's recent ROD for Travel Management proves the Lassen NF's disregard for a legitimate and reasonable travel management rule, not the OHV route closure ROD the Lassen NF provided.  Although the  Plumas NF has not released their ROD on the travel management rule, it is likely FS R5 will alter any OHV favorable decision just as they have on the Modoc.

Until R5 and these forests begin to treat the travel management rule as intended, I can not support using OHMVR funds for law enforcement.  Let the FS provide their own money to pay for these services. [Doug Teeter - 4/3/10]

 Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor.  We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune  because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me"    That has to change.  Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance.  It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property"   "Know the rules of area you are riding in "  be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County.  All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone.  We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.   
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants.   Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.  

Thank you all for working this very difficult issue.   [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to  public lands for all" - 3/28/10]

 I reviewed the Forest Service Law Enforcement OHV grant request G09-02-27-L01 and agree with the request and ask emphatically that it be funded.

As Chairman and Founder of Friends of The High Lakes, we have over the past 15+ years had the most minimal of presence of Law Enforcement, ( and mostly NONE ) and as a result the 33,300 acres, with 50+ miles of legal OHV trails and routes is designated semi-primitive OHV area and has bred near lawlessness among a small percentage of users, with some users feeling that it is a place where anything goes.

FOTHL can and does provide maintenance, education, and helps with management,  the KEY that is missing is Enforcement. This grant request goes a long way to filling that void.

With the formation of the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Friends of The High Lakes ( FOTHL ) and having expressed the issues and problems with the Law Enforcement, finding them able and willing to help us to a much larger extent in making the OHV area turn the lawlessness around.

But they NEED this funding to do a much better job of that.

The vast majority of the users, maybe 95% are law abiding, and go a long way to maintain the area,  but we need to turn around the other 5%, and what is needed is Law Enforcement.

Education can only go so far,  then Enforcement is needed.

Please consider favorably this grant request, in its entirety. [Ken Knull - 3/22/10]

 As a member of the Recreation Outdoors Coalition and the Redding Dirt Riders, I am writing on behalf of our membership in support of the above mentioned grants.
Although a number of people are not fond of law enforcement presence they also realize that this presence protects them.  Law enforcement discourages unlawful activity which threatens legal OHV/OSV users.   

Their presence helps guarantee that lawful users continue the right to recreate and also reduces user conflict.  The Lassen and Plumas NF's have areas of wilderness and there is always the threat of intrusion. However, Forest LEO's have done a good job of keeping these intrusion numbers down thus reducing the black eye for law abiding riders.  Forest LEO's make at least one pass through snowmobile trailhead parking areas every time I have been there.  They are always friendly and pleasant to talk to.
Because of High Lakes popularity and the high potential for problems it is very important for LEO presence in that area.  People who visit this area come from a variety of places and it is important for LEO's to patrol the area for safety and educational purposes and also to reduce the potential for conflict.  Between the Friends of High Lakes and the Forest patrols problems in this area have been greatly reduced.
ROC supports these law enforcement grants. [Brendan Hathaway - 3/21/10]

 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]