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California Recreation Alliance

  The EMT's and Paramedics at Mendocino Coast District Hospital Ambulance wholeheartedly support the California Recreation Alliance in their quest to teach OHV safety to kids on the Mendocino Coast. Simple actions, like teaching a child to wear a helmet at an early age, can lead to a lifetime of good riding habits, resulting in less likelihood of injury or death. Teaching kids to ride in designated areas lessens the chance of a tragedy in a remote location. The program that the California recreation Alliance proposes addresses these issues and much more. OHV safety training is a much needed program in our community and needs to continue. John Huff - MCDH Ambulance Coordinator - 3/4/15


  I support this use of OHV funds. By improving the knowledge base in the OHV community it helps all users. Safe OHV operation help the community and all OHV users! Robert Koch - 3/4/15


  This would be a wonderful opportunity to teach responsible OHV use and provide a safe place to teach youth respect for the environment and OHV safety. Thank you Harold Sipila - 3/13/15


  I believe this is a great use of this property that is currently being used as a garbage dump. I have ridden out there many times over the years, most recently on a bicycle when I lived out in that area. I believe that this responsible use of the property, along with education and outreach will help to clean up the area. Crystal Prairie - 4/1/15


  We are residents off of Summers Lane and we are concerned about the use of the land after the restoration process if the grant is approved. We do not think it should be used for OHV at all, period. This land has been abused by folks involved in OHV for long enough. It is rare pygmy forest land, water run-off source of water for the town of Fort Bragg, rare spagmum bog lands, redwood groves and more. We need to protect this land for the wild life and for generations of people in the future with hiking, equestrian trails, and maybe limited mountain bicycle trails, picnic areas, children's playground, and possible soccer and baseball in the already open area. I have spoken to someone who was in charge of patrolling an off road park in the past and there were problems with accidents, alcohol, guns, erosion, pollution, noise, vandalism and late night illegal use. I don't think the meetings about the future of this property have been properly announced to the town or the neighborhood surrounding it with only 3 households showing up for the last meeting, and several people from CRA organization. Letters in the mail for the surrounding homes and announced in the list serve and newspaper should be the least ways to let folks know of any future meetings. G14-04-54-S01 Christina Castle-Rey, Claudia Paige - 4/1/15


  The fumes, the destruction of the land, the affect on wildlife - ths is a terrible thing for our area. We live in a delicate ecosystem here and one of the few pristine spots in California - so NO NO NO to this terrible projcet. Jewels Marcus - 4/1/15


  NO NO NO - worst idea for our area to have motor vehicles through our back yards. Jewels Marcus - 4/1/15


  The application does NOT have the support of the community in Mendocino County. It was submitted without any public comment and without approval from the Mendocino Coast Parks & Recreation Dept. Our Sierra Club has asked several times to be notified when this project was to be discussed, yet no notice was forthcoming until the newspaper printed a notice of a State parks comment period, which expired a week later. I personally spoke against it back in 2014, yet was not notified. 1. Where are the guarantees to follow the requirements of CEQA? 2. How is the protection of the sensitive habitats of the Mendocino Pygmy Forest and the Northern Bishop Pine Forest planned and funded? 3. What is the impact on the water supply for the Newman Gulch reservoir, which supplies the City of Fort Bragg? 4. How will dust pollution be controlled? 5. How will off-trail riding be contained and monitored? 6. Where will funding for patrolling and ticketing come from? 7. Who will hold public liability for accidents, deaths, and property destruction? 8. Where are the provable details of the estimated $70,000 in local match? 9. When and how will the public be allowed to comment on the draft final application? 10. What are the details of the contract for use of the MCRPD Regional Park site? 11. Why is one special interest group being given the only use of the Regional Park? 12. How will the CRA be held responsible for fulfilling the agreement and/or restoring damage to the park? 13. Why is the CRA not listed as a 501c3 organization with the CA Secretary of State? Rixanne Wehren - 4/1/15


  No, thank you. This is NOT the right choice for our park. This land should not be turned into a ORV site. There are many problems with noise, erosion, habitat destruction, accident liability, air land and noise pollution, water contamination, harassment of wildlife and the potential for accidents. The budget constraints already within the park service and the inability to monitor the park would leave the MCRPD open to liability issues. In addition, the fact that the grant application was put in with no public input, no approval from the MCRPD in advance, no explanation of where the $70,000 local match would come from, and no guarantee of abiding by environmental laws shows this is a short-sighted and ill-chosen prospect for the park. Please do not honor this request. We need to protect our park lands from ORV abuse. Please do not approve this grant. Thank you for your consideration. Erica Harrold - 4/1/15


  ORV parks or ORV educational programs are not the answer to illegal or improper, or irresponsible ORV riding. ORV education programs or training areas do not deter illegal riding and do not protect private properties and conservation lands from trespassing and destruction. According to a study done in Pennsylvania, illegal riding continues to occur even with hundreds of acres and trails devoted to off-road vehicle riding. This land should not be turned over to a high impact ORV site. The California Recreation Alliance provisions do not provide the adequate and costly infrastructure or an administrative institutional capacity to deal with problems of noise, erosion, habitat destruction, accident liability, air and land pollution, water contamination or emergency services if needed. How can MCRPD claim to monitor all these aspects? Recreational use of off-road vehicles compacts the soil, reduces its ability to absorb water, makes the landscape more susceptible to wind and water erosion, destroys vegetation and reduces species populations. According to Arthur H. Rotstein in his article (ASSOCIATED PRESS) " Land use managers, conservationists and othersput forth that damage from off-roading is a phenomenon being seen increasingly on public lands across the West as more people take up such recreational use. In describing the harm such vehicles can cause, Jim Baca, a former national director of the Bureau of Land Management in President Clinton's first term. has said, “Think of a new back yard. It's very destructive to the topsoil, it's very conducive to destruction... There are enough irresponsible riders that I do believe it should be banned.” A recently conducted survey of nearly 300 BLM and Forest Service rangers polled in Arizona, southern California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah bears that sentiment out:Among the results of the 23 percent who answered the mailed survey – 91 percent of those responding said off-road vehicles present a significant law enforcement problem, 53 percent said off-road vehicle problems in their jurisdictions are out of control, and 65 percent believe penalties for violators aren't sufficient. California Recreation Alliance cannot claim to mitigate the ongoing damage to the land that will occur. Walking, hiking and enjoying and protecting nature and natural resources does not require riding destructive vehicles. Please keep ORV activities out of this area and keep it available to low impact non-vehicular activities. Thank you. Mary Rose Kaczorowski - 4/1/15


  I really like the safety training. Hope lots of young people sign up for it. Ed Stovin - 4/5/15


  Sierra Club encourages the CRA to highlight Environmental Stewardship and awareness of damage caused by illegal OHV use. According to your own grant application (G14-04-54-S01) illegal riding has caused "catastrophic" damage. Permission has been granted via item 5 of a Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District that includes, but does not limit, off Highway Vehicle use at the Regional Park Property (Highway 20 and Summers Lane). This Resolution permits the California Recreational Alliance to provide off-highway vehicle training in a 450' x 500' designated area of the regional park Property. There is another funding proposal (G14-07-12-R01) that has Restoration as its goal. Trail Riding would seem to be incompatible with a goal of Restoration. Because of the presence on this 586 acre property of wetlands, Mendocino Pygmy Cypress Woodland, and a sphagnum bog, we encourage that the use by CRA be restricted to the 450' x 500' designated area. Sierra Club approves of the goals of education and safety. As well, we approve of the goal of making youngsters aware of the serious degradation that can occur with off road vehicle use. We encourage a larger awareness of the Sensitive Natural Communities that exist elsewhere on the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Parks site. These Communities are deemed Sensitive because they are so unique and so rare. In part D of the MCRPD Board of Directors Resolution, Location of Training Services, it is stated that the MCRPD property at the corner of Highway 20 and Summers Lane has been used for the trail ride program. We discourage this use, for whatever stated goals, as the Property is seriously degraded and will perhaps be undergoing a full biological assessment and fencing per the Restoration Proposal. Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Mary Walsh, Chair Sierra Club Mendocino Group - 4/6/15