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Friends of Jawbone

 I would like to comment on the Friends of Jawbone grants for education, ground operations and restoration.  These grants are aimed at protecting and enhancing one of the most loved and most used off-road areas in the Sate of California.  Although the grants ask for a substantial amount of money, a great deal of this money goes right to the ground to help the sport.  All work is carefully coordinated with the BLM to make sure it is spent in a fully legitimate manner.  It simply pushed the BLM to do more than they might without Friends of Jawbone’s help.  I hope this grant can be funded as fully as possible to lend order and responsible management to this favorite area.  [Ed Stovin, CORVA  - 4/5/10]



 ORV Watch Kern County congratulates the Friends of Jawbone for stepping into the gap and initiating creation of an internet-based GPS system.  We also support your intentions to monitor and correct intrusions from authorized trails in the Jawbone area, through restoration and education.  Your continued work with the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office will, we hope, assist in balancing the concerns of legitimate, legal ORV recreational riders with the need to protect our public lands. [ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY - 3/31/10]



 I understand that Friends of Jawbone are applying for funding to create a website of accurate trail data for the Jawbone area.    As an avid off-highway enthusiast, I applaud their efforts to make the information about the correct and designated trails available.   I use GPS to find and follow the correct route in all of my trips and very often, finding the correct routes among all of the misinformation posted on the web can be difficult.   With so many people using GPS, accurate data for those units would be very helpful.   Anything which keeps people on the designated trails/routes helps both the environment and helps to keep trails open for those of use who enjoy using them.
 
Please accept this email toward support of that funding. [John Shumovich - 3/30/10]



 I'm a member of the Southern California Land Rover Club.   I heard about the FOJ project to set up a route database online.   I love the idea.  Something I will really use to enjoy my trips into the California deserts.
 
I hope that the OHV Trust Fund will support this well-thought-out project. [Doug Walker - 3/30/10]


 
 ORV Watch Kern County congratulates the Friends of Jawbone for stepping into the gap and initiating creation of an internet-based GPS system.  We also support your intentions to monitor and correct intrusions from authorized trails in the Jawbone area, through restoration and education.  Your continued work with the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office will, we hope, assist in balancing the concerns of legitimate, legal ORV recreational riders with the need to protect our public lands. [ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY, Steering Committee: Jan Shaw Alford, Diana Palmer, Tom Ross - 3/31/10]



 I’ve recently become aware of an effort by Friends of Jawbone to launch a website as an aid to navigation. We enjoy getting exploring with friends in our Land Rover, and while we have an onboard GPS, we frequently find it difficult to get current maps of designated routes. This website would be a big help to us and many others, in our activities to enjoy California’s natural beauty and history while minimizing safety risks and damage to the environment. Your consideration of the Friends of Jawbone request would be appreciated by many. [Denny Browne - 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]