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Plumas County Sheriff's Office

 Reviewed the Forest Service Law Enforcement OHV grant request G09-03-13-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 entirely within the boundaries of Plumas County, 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 Plumas County Sheriff's Office 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 - 4/5/10]


 G09-03-13-LO1 - Because this is the sheriffs office asking for these funds, I support this grant.

Generally the law enforcement agencies of local counties support the OHV riders and campers.  Therefore, I will support them. [Pat Henderson - 4/2/10]



 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]


 As a member of the Recreation Outdoors Coalition which represents many recreational enthusiasts in NO. CA supports this law enforcement grant.
 
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 users.  Plumas County LEO's have emphasized public safety, protection of the environment, protection of private property and intrusions into wilderness areas.  Their commitment to these issues helps guarantee that lawful users continue the right to recreate and reduces user conflict.
 
Plumas County always has a presence at an event and they work well with the public. We have yet to meet an officer from this office with an attitude problem but have always found them to be very pleasant and helpful.  They are supportive of managed recreation and cognizant of the difference between the law and the intent of the law.  We like working with this agency and support their grant request. [Brendan Hathaway - 3/21/10]



 I agree [with ROC's comments listed below]. [Gary Otremba P.E. - 3/19/10]



 Recreation Outdoors Coalition which represents many recreational enthusiasts in NO. CA supports this law enforcement grant.
 
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 users.  Plumas County LEO's have emphasized public safety, protection of the environment, protection of private property and intrusions into wilderness areas.  Their commitment to these issues helps guarantee that lawful users continue the right to recreate and reduces user conflict.
 
Plumas County always has a presence at an event and they work well with the public.  I have yet to meet an officer from this office with an attitude problem but have always found them to be very pleasant and helpful.  They are supportive of managed recreation and cognizant of the difference between the law and the intent of the law.   They are accessible and I also do not receive any complaints about them.  I like working with this agency and support their grant request. [Sylvia Milligan, Chair - ROC - 3/16/10]