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USFS - Inyo National Forest

 In reviewing the "Forestwide Operation, Repairs, Maintenance, Signing" grant it is apparent that the funding for signing is very inadequate. It is very important that we have adequate signage on back country roads, "on the ground" and not just on maps. If the Forest Service can help by providing the materials for the signs, our club can help provide the labor to get them installed. This past year we initiate a teamwork program with Forest Service to install information signs on the trails but without the funds for more signs it will be discontinued. We have already installed a couple signs so lets keep the program going! We cannot overemphasize the need for adequate signage for OHV activities. ES4WD Club - 3/20/14

 INF General Application Requirements:
• Grant Request G13-02-05-P01 is not included in Section 2, Project Information.
• In Project Request(s) Summary the Forest total ($514,875) does not match the sum of the individual project descriptions ($754,291).  
 
INF Over-Snow-Vehicle Planning:  G13-02-05-P01
• It is agreed that OSV Planning is definitively required and the Inyo has laid out very good reasons for the need.
• However I strongly object to the State OHV fund spending nearly 1/4 of a million dollars (nearly 73% of the project cost) who's' studies/reports, given history, will most likely result in more restrictions and less OSV opportunities.
• Since this is not a study for a State managed SVRA the Forest Service should bare the bulk of the costs.  As the OHV/OSV users do have a stake in the outcome I would suggest the OHV Grant be limited to no more that 20% of the total project costs.
 
INF Ground Operations:  G13-02-05-G01
• The Inyo National Forest has not described how it currently, or in the future, will manage the OHV/OSV activities and infrastructure in the South Zone, specifically the Monache Meadow area.
• This area has approximately 18 miles of OHV roads and 0.75 miles of motorcycle trails used by OHV and OSVs entering from the Sequoia National Forest. 
• This area currently is not being managed by either the Inyo or the Sequoia National Forests.  The OHV users (as well 4WD users) are allowed to run wild creating resource damage and issues with Private Property owners and Cattle Permitees.  Also see comments to Grant Request G13-02-39-L01.
• It is suggested that the Inyo National Forrest request OHV Grant funds to prepare and distribute an OHV Map for the SZ, specifically the Monache Meadow area.  They have never prepared or issued an OHV map for this popular OHV / OSV area.  Since most, if not all, OHV activity originates in the Sequoia National Forest a simple solution would to be to include this information as a supplement and/or added to the existing Cannell Meadow / Kern River RD Off-Highway Vehicle Guide.  Having an OHV map of this area would significantly improve compliance and reduce the LE actions. [Also see comments to G13-15-G01; Line Item 6.9]
• The Inyo National Forrest should add Ground Operations grant requests to properly manage this area and reduce the Law Enforcement Grant request accordingly.   (See comments to Law Enforcement).
 
These comments are being submitted as an OHV enthusiast, a SVRA Volunteer OHV Patrolman (Hungry Valley), a Monache trail rider and on behave of the 31+  Property Owners, Cattle Permitees and the many seasonal recreationalists and hunters of the Kern Plateau. Dion Salfen - 3/30/14

 View public comments. Blue Ribbon  Coalition - 4/7/14

 View public comment. J. Little, President, DJ's Snowmobile Adventures - 4/7/14

 In reviewing the "Forestwide Operation, Repairs, Maintenance, Signing" grant it is apparent that the funding for signing is very inadequate. It is very important that we have adequate signage on back country roads, "on the ground" and not just on maps. If the Forest Service can help by providing the materials for the signs, our club can help provide the labor to get them installed. This past year we initiate a teamwork program with Forest Service to install information signs on the trails but without the funds for more signs it will be discontinued. We have already installed a couple signs so lets keep the program going! We cannot overemphasize the need for adequate signage for OHV activities. Mike Johnston, Eastern Sierra 4WD Club - 4/7/14