USFS - Sequoia NF - Patrol District
It is always a privilege to have our quarterly meetings open to the public with Forest Supervisor Tina Terrell and District Ranger Rick Larsen and their staff. Again, it is very difficult to totally digest a grant in 2 hour period.
Ground Operations: $556,000 compared to last year $241,654. I should have had my last year chart when we had our meeting. So why the jump? This forest has 1490 miles of OHV riding and 50 miles of open area , however the visitation is at 92.328. It seem kind of low so wonder how these number where taken. The same is happening here as every other place. Biologist $8480, Archeologist $10,240, Biology Technicians $12,480 Total Staff $265,880 that is more than last year total grant, Again why?
Contracts: Water truck rental $6,500, Dozer $13,000 is this used to keep Cyrus canyon in good shape for open riding? and the list goes on and on and one. Frankly it is so detail, that I would have liked to see what each district is costing, Kern River, Hume, Breckenridge, Piute Mtn., Western Divide . It is impossible to figure what you are spending in each area and what opportunity is there in each of these areas?
Development $104,000 this is basically a storage facility that is needed. Building has already been shipped, so they need the money to put it together with other items. We support this.
Restoration $348,000 Same thing here , Archaeologist $16,200 Hydrologist 2,630, Contracts, Wow, NEPA planning, novel idea to put it in there so when you have the money you also have the NEPA work done. On equipment, 64 cents a mile is way to high, it should be about 50 to 51 cents.
Congratulation, you have finally put in for a new tractor, which ever works best, I would say you do a lot better with your Kubota , it is smaller than the Sweco. Your Kubota now is 30 years old and you have to be commended keeping that going for so long. Make sure you put it in the museum when you retire it. Trail maintenance is very important so how will you share this? . Glad you will use volunteers to run the tractor. Only worry I have is that by putting this in Restoration, you are saying it will only be used for that, I do not believe that is correct. It probably could be 50/50 or even 60 Trail Maintenance and 40% Restoration. We need to make sure we have this available for trail maintenance.
Education and Safety $46,000 this is not much money but same complain you are all over the place, no way to tell how much money for each area without becoming an auditor with a calculator.
Law Enforcement: $134,000 over last year $246,700 Why this drop? I support your LEO grant. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 4/5/10]
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]
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]