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BLM - Barstow Field Office

  The Barstow field office has shown through exaggeration of cost and creative budgeting a willingness to collect more than delivered. The Department of the interior funds these operations from tax and fees. The Barstow BLM has become a revenue source for the Department of the interior. I am highly opposed to granting any more funds to the Barstow BLM without the GAO or an outside auditor reviewing the current income and expense of this field office. Recreation on public lands should not be a source of income for the BLM. The ever growing size of this organization at the expense of the few that recreate in the desert has harmed local and regional business! The ever increasing fees and taxes of this organization are out of control! By feeding the monster with State OHV funds the problem will just get worse! Robert Koch - 3/4/15


  To sustain both motorized vehicle travel on public lands and preserve the land itself requires, among many factors, user group education. The vast array of opportunities for motorized vehicle use and travel within the BLM Barstow Field Office and the increasing number and variety of users requires a well thought out and systematic approach to education. Since a wide range of users, especially the recreational OHV and street legal 4x4 groups, access this region of the BLM land, the leader of this program should be an individual who is passionate about recreational off roading, but also very tuned into the ethics of land use and the needs of the land managers. The volunteers working as ambassadors in this proposed program need training a wide range of areas including off roading techniques, safety, vehicle recovery, interfacing with the public in a positive and helpful way, solving problems as they may occur in the field and observing road conditions which may require additional maintenance or repair. It is especially important that volunteers learn to deal with volatile situations that may escalate into dangerous situations. Radio communications and navigation are additional skills needed for a strong, safe and effective volunteer corps. The easiest groups to educate are kids. The Jr. Ranger program has great potential and along with the Tread Lightly “On the Right Trail” and NOHVCC programs, can prove extremely effective. The overall message of responsible recreation is most important, and delivering that message in a positive and fun environment will make this program very effective. I congratulate The BLM Barstow Filed Office for taking this step. I believe this proposal is well conceived and deserves to be fully funded. Don Alexander Owner, Backcountry 4x4, LLC San Bernardino National Forest Adopt-A-Trail Program Leadership Team Member of Bear Valley 4x4 Club, CORVA, Cal 4 Wheel Past volunteer and contract employee of the SO Cal Mountains Foundation OHV Volunteer Program - 3/10/15


  Barstow BLM is a very important partner in providing access to public lands. Group Operations, we need to have El Mirage Recreation Area clearly removed for funding as Friends of El Mirage is doing all the work and requesting their own grant. If there is staff augmenting on a holiday or other issues , it should come out of their Fee money or appropriated dollars, not OHV program. Friends of El Mirage should be the only one asking for Ground Operations, thus making is very clear that there is not a double dipping of resources. Education and Safety Grants, Here again, Friends of El Mirage is asking for staff to do training of ATV to kids under 16 years of age so that they can get a certificate. Any mention of Friends of El Mirage helping in BLM program, needs to be identified that it will be paid out of Fee Dollars, not OHV funds. Again, we want to make sure that it is very cleaner separation of responsibility's and funding. General Application Project Administrator needs to be updated so proper contact person can be reached. Ed Waldheim - 3/22/15


  I am in support of the Barstow OHV Education Project. The OHV Education Project though its Jr. Ranger Program and the “On the Right Trail” OHV curriculum, the Tread Lightly Program, and other programs teach responsible OHV use to children and to their parents while they are visiting public lands. Also, I believe teaching our elementary and middle school students is a great approach. Sometimes it is only these programs that plant the seed of responsible public land use, and these programs are especially critical for children who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn about the ethics and safety awareness of using ATVs and other OHVs on our public lands. I believe that along with teaching children and their parents (and other adults) the importance of responsible OHV and public land use, it is crucial that the ideology behind Public Lands is also part of the standardized curriculum. It is very important that our citizens, young and old, know public land is their land to enjoy and use. It is very important that we keep our public lands open, clean, and ready for all Americans to use, to enjoy, and to make wonderful memories while being outdoors on our public lands. Heather D. Thomas - 3/26/15


  I am in support of the Barstow OHV Education Project. The OHV Education Project though its Jr. Ranger Program and the “On the Right Trail” OHV curriculum, the Tread Lightly Program, and other programs teach responsible OHV use to children and to their parents while they are visiting public lands. Also, I believe teaching our elementary and middle school students is a great approach. Sometimes it is only these programs that plant the seed of responsible public land use, and these programs are especially critical for children who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn about the ethics and safety awareness of using ATVs and other OHVs on our public lands. I believe that along with teaching children and their parents (and other adults) the importance of responsible OHV and public land use, it is crucial that the ideology behind Public Lands is also part of the standardized curriculum. It is very important that our citizens, young and old, know public land is their land to enjoy and use. It is very important that we keep our public lands open, clean, and ready for all Americans to use, to enjoy, and to make wonderful memories while being outdoors on our public lands. Thank you. Darren Sleat - 3/26/15


  Ground Operations instead of 400 brown sign posts it should have 4,000. Justification: With the release of WEMO designated route system there will be a lot of signing that has to be accomplished in order to manage designated trail systems properly. Ed Waldheim - 3/27/15


  The Barstow BLM office has failed to protect public and private lands from ORV abuse. By their own admission, they do not have sufficient law enforcement personnel, equipment or capacity to protect the federal lands under their administration. In fact, according to a report by the head Barstow BLM ranger, there was widespread ORV trespass in designated wilderness, DWMAs, ACECs, cultural and natural resources this last December. Hundreds of ORVs damaged invaluable resources with impunity. The BLM still fails to collect sufficient funding from the King of Hammers and other corporate groups to pay for the personnel and damage inflicted by these large scale events. We have asked repeatedly that if the BLM cannot patrol and protect these lands, they must close them to all ORVs. At the very least, the BLM needs to install informational kiosks, route closure signs and close areas that experience high illegal ORV trespass. Promises to install kiosks and signs are unfulfilled and communication with the public is severely lacking. For example, three months ago a group of volunteers contacted the BLM repeatedly asking to coordinate their activities with the agency to protect the Poste Homestead, yet their inquiries and offers have been ignored. We find ourselves in a difficult position. We support increased law enforcement but are not confident that the BLM will prioritize the protection of federal lands from ORV abuse. We strongly feel that the OHMVR must closely monitor and audit how BLM uses its funds and whether or not it adheres to its stated goals of enforcement and restoration. In addition, BLM administrators must change their attitude regarding communication, cooperation and response to the public. Raml's attitude towards working with the public is counter-productive and contrary to stated goals. There are many dedicated individuals within the BLM who care deeply about the protection of our public lands, but they are frustrated by the failure of their superiors to uphold the goals and mandates of the agency. In addition, the proposal to dramatically increase the mileage of ORV routes throughout the Western Mojave Desert region is irresponsible and impractical given the BLM's failure to protect public lands from ORV destruction. Philip M. Klasky - 3/29/15


 I'm writing to strongly support all of the BLM Barstow Field Office's grant proposals for 2014-2015. BLM Barstow has one of the strongest OHV Recreation and Management programs in the nation, with important areas for OHV recreation such as Dumont Dunes, El Mirage, Rasor, and others. These areas provide outstanding opportunities for OHV Recreation, but also provide challenges for management. BLM Barstow manages the second most land of any field office in the California desert, and due to budgetary crises in the federal government, has limited internal resources with which to manage those lands. This set of grants will enhance BLM's ability to devote the resources necessary to managing OHV recreation, and to promote responsible riding in the Barstow Field Office. I highly recommend that the Division fully fund BLM Barstow's grant proposals. -Patrick Donnelly - 4/2/15


  Education should be funded. this a good plan that will get results and help the public. thank you Tom Materna - 4/2/15


  I fully support the Barstow LE grant. Despite the fact that there are 3 large OHV open areas near the residential area of the Victor Valley, unfortunately there continues to be a huge problem with OHV riders causing property damage (both private and public) in nearby "limited Use" areas which even have trails open to OHV riding. It is high time that these outlaw riders are cited and their vehicle confiscated. The message has to be loud and clear. BLM law enforcement rangers must be supported fully in their efforts to bring riders into compliance with the open route system that is available on BLM and USFS lands surrounding these communities. Please provide your full support for the BLM Law Enforcement rangers. Jenny Wilder - 4/3/15


  I fully support the BLM BARSTOW Education grant. I am amazed that after 30-40 years riders are still unaware of the extensive legal riding opportunities that exist near our desert communities listed in this grant request. Damage from unauthorized use of OHVs to the areas surrounding our rural homes and even in the cities of Hesperia, Victorville and Apple Valley continues to escalate and can be seen on every hillside and along every powerline easement. This is in addition to the shameful damage to resources on our public lands. It is my hope that the short videos will also be posted on BLM social media such as a facebook page and Utube for all to see as well as being distributed throughout the schools in the area. While there are some older riders who will not change their attitude, we must reach out to the younger ones. Kids can have a powerful influence on their parents! Please fully fund this important work! Jenny Wilder - 4/3/15


  As always, we support rider education. We ask that Barstow Field Office personnel avail themselves of creative social media options. Powerful PSAs can be effectively utilized to target a larger population of youth. ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY - 4/5/15


  We are pleased to support the Barstow BLM Field Office's request for law enforcement grants. We are asking that there be increased confiscation of ORVs used irresponsibly, and that the OHMVR Division would not only support increased penalties for lawless riders, but also establish guidelines for this provision. ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY - 4/5/15


  Barstow BLM ground ops great for open areas Dumont good Law Enforcement is essential to protect our areas. Education looks very good. How can I get a copy of the videos? I really like the safety grant. Ed Stovin - 4/5/15


  Please help the BLM increase their education efforts with this grant. More and more social media and videos help off-roaders be responsible stewards of our precious public lands. pam nelson - 4/6/15


  As we all know, the BLM is in need of funding. This grant will give this agency a chance to work on one of the most necessary tasks they face, keeping the public lands intact. Vehicular abuse is rampant. Many of the offenders are intentionally disrespectful of our public, but some are uninformed. This is why the law enforcement units need more funding. Please support them with this grant. pam nelson - 4/6/15