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BLM - Bakersfield Field Office

Please see attached letter of support for the BLM's Planning Grant. [Supervisor Jon McQuiston - 3/30/12]



G11-01-03-P01
I support this grant request.

The public lands administered by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office (BLM-BFO) contain significant OHV opportunities which have been managed under various dated Resource Management Plans. After extensive public outreach, a new RMP is expected soon. Regardless of what the specifics entail, implementing the new RMP will require extensive planning.

Development of Temblor Range as a Limited Use Area represents a significant opportunity for California OHV users. Due to the size, topography and proximity to the Carrizo Plain National Monument considerable care and planning will be required in order to achieve a successful long term outcome.

I support this grant request. The size of the grant is significant however the BLM is funding a large portion of this project. The one concern I have is that the project area is limited to the Temblor Range leaving other important areas (Keysville) without dedicated OHMVR funding for planning.

G11-01-03-R01
I support this grant request.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is a valued resource. The Monument bears evidence of both past legal and illegal OHV use. Additionally a small number of illegal incursions continue.

As an OHV user, I know that it is in my interest to support restoration efforts to reverse damage caused by OHV use in areas where such use is now prohibited. Improved signage and where appropriate physical barriers will help reduce illegal uses.

My only concern is that OHVR grant monies be reserved for restoration of damage caused by OHV activities, not by other uses.

I support this grant request. The request will allow for environmental restoration and education. [Bruce Miller - 4/2/12]


Reference; G11-01-03-L01

I support this grant request.

The public lands administered by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office (BLM-BFO) contain significant OHV opportunities.

Law Enforcement is a vital component of land management in order to protect both public and privet interests. As an OHV user, I know some level of enforcement activity is necessary and ultimately in my best interest.

I support this grant request. The request is modest but will allow for continued monitoring and education. [Bruce Miller - 4/2/12]


Reference; G11-01-03-P01

I support this grant request.

The public lands administered by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office (BLM-BFO) contain significant OHV opportunities which have been managed under various dated Resource Management Plans. After extensive public outreach, a new RMP is expected soon. Regardless of what the specifics entail, implementing the new RMP will require extensive planning.

Development of Temblor Range as a Limited Use Area represents a significant opportunity for California OHV users. Due to the size, topography and proximity to the Carrizo Plain National Monument considerable care and planning will be required in order to achieve a successful long term outcome.

I support this grant request. The size of the grant is significant however the BLM is funding a large portion of this project. The one concern I have is that the project area is limited to the Temblor Range leaving other important areas (Keysville) without dedicated OHMVR funding for planning. [Bruce Miller - 4/2/12]



The BLM Bakersfield Law Enforcement grant Looks good and should be funded. I do have a question relating to the application.  Section 5 says "The Applicant agrees to implement a public education program that includes information on safety programs available in the area and how to report OHV violations"  I couldn't find anything in the grant that discusses how they will fund or impliment their safety and education program, refer people to other possibly existing programs or how to report OHV violations.  Perhaps the grant should include a cost for buying or printing safety and education materials as well as maps and other materials about legal OHV use in this BLM district, identifying any existing programs within the district and how to report OHV violations.

The planning grant seeks to create an OHV Special Recreational Area in the RAMP and should be funded. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/1/12]


Attached is a letter of support for the Bakersfield Field Office of the BLM for a planning grant for the East Temblors. [Dick Taylor - 3/30/12]

G 11-01-03-L 01 Law Enforcement.  
 
Evaluation Criteria shows 2000 miles of OHV trails and 200,000 visitors.   Because this field office does not have an O & M Grant, are we to assum that Law enforcement is doing all of the signing on those 2000 miles of trails that are open to OHV?    Key to any sucessful managed areas is that "Designated routes" be well signed and those trails that are closed be so signed. That way the public has not doubt what is open and what is closed.  This grant shows no materias to accomplish above need .
 
G 11-01-03-P 01 Planning
 
This grant seems to be very high with all of the staff positions, however as it is an area that the BLM will open for limited use trails if all goes well, it would add to the mission of the OHV to "increase opportunities" to the OHV community.  The cost of Project Lead/Manger  is more than a full time position at 2720 hours.  This portion seems to be excessive. Office staff is already employed by BLM, it is the field work to make this project successful that is needed.    It is also very important that the BLM enter into an agreement with a Non Profit, i.e. CTUC to help and assist in managing this areas as a limited use areas only, if it is to succeed.   Days are over when we can just sign once and forget about the area.  To many agencies are under the false impression that since "Designation of Routes" all they have to do is sign, is over, Trails have to be maintained, signs have to be maintained, in other words it is a full time job to run a successful OHV area. I support this grant  with possible reduction of  office staff.   We are five million dollars over subscribed in Ground operation, and cuts need to be made so those that have existing opportunity and needs, are not lost. 
 
G 11-01-03-R 01 Restoration
 
I Support this effort.  [Ed Waldheim - 3/25/12]

I'd like to write a letter in support of the Bakersfield Field Office's Planning Grant application.

This grant would fund planning for the proposed E. Temblors SRMA. Although designation of the SRMA is not final, the E Temblors are an area of historical OHV use dating back to the 1970's and perhaps earlier. This 25,000 ac area is remote and little used for OHV recreation as it is a designated NCLWMA situated between the Carrizo Plain and the oil producing areas near Taft. The area is relatively inhospitable and is not located close to population centers, yet is has seen increasing use by visitors for many forms of recreation as areas adjacent to Bakersfield have been built up with housing developments.

The area has been utilized by local residents for hunting shooting, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking and viewing from scenic outlooks as well as various forms of OHV recreation. Closure of areas such as Clear Creek Management Area, Kettleman Hills, and Dogtown have displaced use in central California to previously little used areas such as the E. Temblors and Keyesville.

OHV use in the E. Temblors is relatively light at this time, but use will increase due to population growth and displacement of use from areas that are increasingly developed. It is therefore imperative that a management plan be developed for the area. There are no remaining undeveloped tracts of federal land of this size remaining in Central California making careful utilization of the area of critical importance. Over 250,000 acres has been set aside with designation of the adjacent Carrizo Plains National Monument. The E. Tembors were not included in this designation leaving a much smaller 25,000 ac. area available for a broad spectrum of use.

The Bakersfield Field Office has recently completed the initial stages of land use planning with the Bakersfield RMP-EIS. This is a landscape scale planning document that does not address project level analysis of soils, cultural, biological, and other natural resource issues that exist in the area. The proposed planning project would address the need for project level planning. Without such a plan the area would be relegated to the use of routes that are not sited according to the principles of sustainable trail design and would suffer from environmental impacts such as soil erosion and possible watershed sedimentation and potential damage to cultural sites.

Because the E. Temblors are directly adjacent to the Carrizo Plains National Monument (CPNM) there is great concerns that OHV trespass into the Monument will threaten the qualities of solitude and the unspoiled characteristics of the Monument. The boundary between the CPNM and the E. Temblors is presently fenced, however the fencing does not follow the CPMN Boundary. This causes great confusion for the public. A management plan for the E. Temblors would help address these boundary issues.

In addition the E. Temblors have very limited legal public access. A properly located access easement needs to be planned or continued conflict with adjacent landowners, primarily  oil companies, will become a problem.

The cost analysis of the BLM's proposal reveals that the agency is offering significant commitment in the form of match, approximately $275,000, for this project. This is a very positive development as the Bakersfield Field Office has not applied for very much OHV grant funding in the past.

Although the E. Temblors are presently legal opportunity, further planning and limited development of the area would make the area a more sustainable are for recreational use. All too often increased use of such areas has led to increasing environmental impacts that eventually become intolerable requiring closure of the area. This time the agency has the chance to avoid this situation and "do it right from the start" with a comprehensive plan. [Bruce Whitcher, CORVA - 3/11/12]