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1. In the Project Cost Estimate section: If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to obtain other quotes for contract crusher work to compare with the USFS rate for their operators and equipment.  Hat Creek Construction (Burney) is a very reputable company who will be in the Susanville area to repave Richmond Road and work on other projects.  They have bought homes here to house their work crews.  You can contact Perry Thompson for a quote.  The USFS has many competing demands for their staff and equipment and have not reliably finished any OHV grant project in the past few years.  In my opinion, they are not a dependable source of labor and I know you want to implement this OHV grant project expeditiously to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for trail users.

2. In the Project Cost Estimate section on page 7, you mention installing 5 strand barb wire fencing.  This will make it difficult for wildlife to pass.  I personally recommend 4 strand wire, with the bottom wire being smooth so fawns can crawl underneath the fence. 

3. In the Evaluation Criteria section:  Criteria #2, Failure to complete this project will result in a loss of OHV opportunity, negative impact to cultural sites and potential trespass onto adjacent private property.  I believe your total score really should be 8 if you check off these 3 boxes.

4. In the Evaluation Criteria section:  Criteria # 4 Public Input, please mention that public input to develop your grant application was solicited via media releases in the Susanville and Alturas newspapers, on LLTT’s website, and from the LLTT Trails Committee, which is composed of 3 experienced, professional trail managers and trail enthusiasts.  You also received input from County, BLM and USFS staff.

5. In the Evaluation Criteria section:  Criteria # 5 Utilization of Partnerships, I would also include Lassen County’s Trail Manager as a partner (for advice on signs, user education, trail surface work, and GIS trail maps)  and volunteer partners from the Susanville Area Bike Association (for trail patrols and trail maintenance and clean-up).  I believe your total score should be 4.

6. In the Evaluation Criteria section:  Criteria # 6 Impact to Natural and Cultural Resources, this grant project will also protect water quality and educate trail users about the impacts from riding in ephemeral drainages.  You want operators to cross on the bridges and not travel cross-country through the drainages.  I think you could check off the boxes for “protecting water quality” and “providing bridges . . .” (e.g. installing educational signs and barriers to keep users on the trail and trail bridges).  Your total score would be 5.

7. In the Evaluation Criteria section:  Criteria # 7 Recycled Materials, the grant application calls for installing access signs at 11 points along the trail to provide user guidance, emergency contact information, etc.  Other effective ways to educate users is to provide them with a paper trail map at high use access points and to include a downloadable trail map and trail information on LLTT’s website, including a phone app.  Trail maps can be printed on recycled paper and website/smart phone information uses no paper!  Production of a map could also be included in your match as there are volunteers who have these skills.  I think you could check off boxes 1, 2, 4, and 5 under this criteria for a score of 4.  Some barrier material and sign posts could be split juniper rails/posts from thinnings on adjacent BLM land. 

8. In the Evaluation Criteria section:  Criteria # 8 Sustainable Technologies, if you use juniper wood from adjacent BLM land for some barriers and to place access or boundary sign posts, it is a renewable resource.  Plus juniper is more aesthetic looking for a backcountry trail. I recommend wire/steel fence materials primarily be used to control cattle.

I have other suggested items in the narrative section of the application, which I will drop off to your office if you find them helpful.

Thank you for preparing this application as the Modoc Line has the potential to be an outstanding OHV opportunity in our area.  Good luck! [Elizabeth Norton - 4/2/12]

G 11-04-47-G 01  Ground operation
This grant sounds interesting if in fact you will be able to get 20 miles of OHV trails   as described in your narrative and have a total of 85 miles of trails. I however see no visitor numbers. Is this to say it is not now open? In the narrative it talked about 22 miles segments, and 5 miles, exactly how many miles of fencing is proposed, and how may miles of actual trail work is proposed. is there a map to show what you are proposing? 
Heavy Equipment Operator, do you have a agreement with land owners and Lassen National Forest to do this work? You list MOU with BLM.  
Volunteers, you have listed as trails committee, are they in fact agreeable to have OHV on this trail? your corporation has been listed by Secretory State starting in 1988, What other OHV or multiple use trails have you worked on?
Fencing supplies for $21,224 is scary in that you want to put barbwire  5 strand. If you are trying to keep cattle, that is not an OHV project, but if are trying to direct OHV on trails, then it should be smooth wire not barbwire
Quantity should be hours for staff, and days for vehicles. Rate should be hourly rate for staff, and daily rate for vehicles.  I do not understand Water truck $985 and 2.46 miles? Same for the other equipment. [Ed Waldheim - 4/1/12]

Ground Operations:
To regrade priority segments of the trail;

  • To replace with metal livestock gates nine barbed wire stretch gates and hard wired fences which cross the trail where the it enters and leaves open rangeland;
  • To mark the eleven designated access points;
  • To fence and post the corridor along critical boundaries to prevent riders from leaving the trail corridor,
  • And to secure historic structures with chain link fencing to prevent vandalism and ensure safety while plans are developed with regard to their future use and preservation as cultural resources along the trail corridor.

Comment: Line items well documented and researched. Matching funds clearly sourced. Recommend funding.

Safety and Education:
This proposed education project specifically addresses: - update of the trail maps for users, including OHV - update of the Trust's website to provide a Modoc Line Rail Trail page with maps, trail guidance, user information and links for OHV safety training - design and printing of a trail brochure with fold out map.

Comment:  Probably not as necessary as the Ground Operations funding but equally well drafted. Recommend partial funding. [Diana Mead, CORVA, Asst to N. Director, Grants - 3/30/12]