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 SNF Ground Operation:  G13-02-15-G01; Section 6; Line Item 9
• The KR request to reprint the MVOG is supported with the following comment.  This map should be updated prior to reprinting.  The upper right portion of this map should be updated and corrected to properly show the 4WD Roads in the Monache Meadow area.

• Although this portion of the map is within the Inyo National Forrest the only OHV access to this area is through the Sequoia National Forest.  Most OHV users consideration this a part of the SNF Blackrock Station OHV area.
• Before reprinting this map should be the updated  to correct minor routing errors,  to add the INF assigned road/trail numbers and to include in the north portion sections 28 and 33 that are not included on the current MVOH map.
• A joint funding project with INF would help defray the costs.
• Cooperation with the INF on this project is strongly encouraged.
 
These comments are being submitted as an OHV enthusiast, a SVRA Volunteer OHV Patrolman (Hungry Valley), a Monache trail rider and on behave the many seasonal recreationalists and hunters of the Kern Plateau. Dion Salfen - 3/30/14

 We support the Sequoia National Forest OHMVR grant request. This funding is much needed to enhance the Sequoia OHV program.

We would like to see a project added. There is a need for the Cyrus Canyon OHV park water system improvement project would add 1600 feet of irrigation line and add a 6500 gallon water tank. This would help sustain native trees in the parking and camping area, while providing shade for riders and their families.
Purpose for project:
• To improve the visual presentation of the OHV park.
• To provide screening for surrounding properties
• To provide screening from wind.
• To provide shade for users.
25 volunteers will provide time an labor for installation of water system.

Forest Service will provide 80 Native trees for this project.

Estimated cost for plumbing materials  $1800.00
Estimated cost for 6500 gal water tank  $ 5100.00 delivered to work site.

In the grant the Sequoia did not take credit for all of Stewards of the Sequoia volunteer hours. Stewards provided 2577 volunteer hours in 2013 which is about 1000 hours more than shown in the grant.

Also not shown in the grant was that Stewards provided over 300 days of dirt bike vehicle use last year valued at $60 per day that comes out to $18,000. Chris Horgan, Executive Director, Stewards of the Sequoia - 4/3/14

 SNF LE:  G13-02-34-L01: No comments, recommend grant be awarded. Dion Salfen - 3/30/14

 REVISED COMMENTS, Replaces 3/30/14 Comments
SNF General Application Requirements:
• Forest total ($576,361) does not match the sum of the individual project descriptions ($615,961).
 
SNF Ground Operation:  G13-02-15-G01
We take serious issue with the SNF statements made in the 2nd paragraph in Section 1.B.
 
• They state:  "Additionally, all high use trails are maintained on an annual basis, sometimes several times per year, while other trails are maintained less frequently depending on use and soil conditions. Forestwide, trail and road maintenance/repairs will minimize the amount of erosion, gullying, and rutting, and will ensure drainage structures are not subject to failure. ...........and to keep these trail sections in compliance with soil standards and best management practices."
 
• With respect to the Monache Jeep Road, this could not be farther from the truth.  This 4WD Road (called a Trail by the SNF, but not INF) is the sole access to major recreational opportunities in the Monache Meadow Area of the Inyo National Forrest, to over 31 Monache Meadow area Private Owners and to the operations of 2 major Range Permitees operating in both the INF and the SNF.
 
• This is purely a connecting road to gain access into the southern portion of the Inyo National Forest and is the only road into or out of this area.  There are NO recreational/inholdings available or accessible on the SNF portion of this road.  Furthermore, this road is the only legal ATV access into this portion of the INF and is used extensively by both street licensed and green sticker motorcycles.
 
• The aggressive riding and driving of ATVs, motorcycles and 4 Wheelers has caused major damage and deterioration to this access road.  Until CA OHV Grant comments were made in 2012 by this writer, no, repeat no, maintenance activity by the SNF had been done on this road in over 20+ years.  The only exception, maybe that of the SNF Trail Crews physically removing road improvements made by users, mainly Private Property Owners fed up with the deterioration of this road cause by OHV/ATV users.

  In reviewing the Grant Request for Ground Operations the SNF has requested $558,244 from the CA OHV Fund.  Of this, $358,609 (or 64.2% of the Forest request) is requested for the Kern River Ranger District.  Excluding those specifically identified for the Piute TC $113,008 are requested for the KR Trail Crew , most if not all will be used on the Kern Plateau.  This is 20.2% of the total Forest's request and gives a good measure of the OHV activity that occurs in this area.  The amount of OHV activity associated with the Monache Jeep Road cannot be determined but it is substantial.
 
• It therefore is requested that the KRRD revise their Grant request to specifically earmark funds for trail crew repair/maintenance of the Monache Jeep Road, 34E38, to be conducted, as a minimum, 2 times during (not after) the OHV season.  Note, this road should remain a 4WD roadway restricting access by 2WD vehicles.

     10.3% of the Kern River request, or $36,823, is requested for Hydrologist, Biologist, Archeologist and Wildlife support.  As no new trails or relocation of existing trails have been identified and since the Forest Service states their request is for "trail maintenance" this request should be denied except for a small amount of hydrology effort that may be required during trail maintenance.  
 
• The KR should be held accountable and held to their professed statement:  "Additionally, all high use trails are maintained on an annual basis, sometimes several times per year, while other trails are maintained less frequently depending on use and soil conditions. Forestwide, trail and road maintenance/repairs will minimize the amount of erosion, gullying, and rutting, and will ensure drainage structures are not subject to failure. ...........and to keep these trail sections in compliance with soil standards and best management practices."
 
Also see separate comments to G13-02-15-G01; Section 6; Line Item 9
 
SNF Education &  Safety:  G13-02-15-S01
• No comments, recommend grant be awarded

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 -3/31/14