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USFS - Sequoia NF - Patrol District

 We conditionally support the Sequoia National Forest Patrol District's OHMVR grant request. We have come to know the Rangers as impressive hard-working and dedicated individuals. Unfortunately there are not enough USFS Law Enforcement personnel to monitor our vast public lands. This year our volunteers and rural residents have observed a tremendous increase in illegal off-road vehicle abuse to the Pacific Crest Trail throughout Kern County, and particularly in the Tehachapi Mountains.

On reading the grant application, we are disappointed to see that any mention of the Pacific Crest Trail was omitted.  The crown jewel of our Federal trail system is taking a huge hit from illegal dirt bike riders. During 2013 we have witnessed and photographed dirt bike clubs and professional dirt bike racers on the PCT. Whoop-de-doos have deepened, causing severe damage to the trail for many miles.

We strongly recommend that in the final grant application, funding is allotted specifically for USFS Rangers to continue patrolling and defending the Pacific Crest Trail, so that they can continue their valuable enforcement efforts. ORV Watch Kern  County, Steering Committee, Jan Alford, Jon Rogers, Sandi Tardiff - 3/19/14

 We support the Sequoia National Forest Patrol District's OHMVR grant request but we were surprised and disappointed to see that the Pacific Crest Trail was not included in the monitoring efforts mentions. There are not enough USFS Law Enforcement personnel to monitor our vast public lands. This year our volunteers and rural residents have observed a tremendous increase in illegal off-road vehicle abuse to the Pacific Crest Trail throughout Kern County, and particularly in the Tehachapi Mountains.
 
We strongly recommend that in the final grant application, funding is allotted specifically for USFS Rangers to continue patrolling and defending the Pacific Crest Trail, so that they can continue their valuable enforcement efforts. Pam Nelson, Santa Margarita group, San Gorgonio Chapt. Sierra Club - 3/21/14