Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
On behalf of the North Group, Redwood Chapter, Sierra Club, which has nearly 1000 members in Humboldt, Del Norte, and western Trinity Counties, I am writing in favor of continuing the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant to support law enforcement on the beaches of Humboldt County. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has requested $75,371 from the state’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.
Of particular interest to us is the Western Snowy Plover that nest on Clam Beach and the South Spit. Having a law enforcement presence to enforce rules regarding vehicles and unleashed dogs – as well as camping, dumping, and fires on the beach – is essential to the well-being of these threatened birds.
Public safety is another extremely important issue. Many individuals who were put at risk by reckless drivers relayed this information to the Humboldt Country Board of Supervisors during its consideration of a new management plan for Clam and Moonstone Beaches.
In response, in July 2006, the Humboldt Country Board of Supervisors voted to ban driving on Clam Beach between March 1 and September 30, except for certain groups obtaining permits. However, nearly 5 years have passed, and no permit system has been put into place, no cardlock or other type of controlled entry system has been installed, and no implementing changes have been made to County ordinances and posted as new signage. This makes continued patrol by the Sheriff’s Office critical to protect people and natural resources.
Continuation of a beach and dunes deputy funded by the OHV grant is extremely important for Humboldt County beaches. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this issue. [Sue Leskiw - 4/5/11]
This note is in regards to the 2011 OHV grant request by Humboldt County. Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) owns and operates 209,000 acres of timberland in Humboldt County. HRC considers security a priority for our business and funds a fulltime Security Staff assigned to provide resource protection. Whether it be eradication of pot gardens, Search and Rescue, or various types of illegal activity; Humboldt County’s SO needs to be provided the tools to access the many acres of rugged terrain and miles of poorly maintained roads. HRC strongly supports the proposed receipt of OHV grant funding to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. [Tom Schultz - 4/1/11]
Please see attached comments. [Sue Leskiw, Margaret Herbelin, Mark Lovelace, Garr Nielsen, Don Amador - 4/1/11]
See attached Quiet Warrior Racing's letter for support for your 2010-2011 OHV LE Grant. [Don Amador - 3/24/11]