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USFS - Stanislaus National Forest

  This grant and cooperative agreement is point on. Tuolumne and neighboring counties main source of revenue is tourism, with our lakes shrinking due to the ongoing draught, this is an excellent option for outdoor enthusiast that once graced our foothills waterways with boats and personal watercraft to move over to another outdoor sport of ATV's, motorcycles, snowmobile's, UTV's and 4WD's. To clear trail ways and to put in markers and linking trails together will entice riders, campers and family's to make this area an outdoor destination. Great job to everyone that put the time and effort into this grant. John Fisher - 3/6/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Mi Wok Lower Dodge Ridge Development - Our Center is reluctantly accepting of the forest’s plan to create even more motorized routes to further enhance OHV riding opportunities, if those new routes are planned for the least controversial areas. In this proposal, the Hull Creek area south of Long Barn is an area that has generally been accepted by local conservation groups as a high-motorized use area. We certainly would attempt to support riding opportunities for that area if they are designed carefully to mitigate for soil erosion and other resource impacts. We have greater concerns about the Crandall/Deer Creek area, because CSERC has persistently requested the Forest Service to reduce and eliminate routes that are in the sensitive Deer Creek area. If (as it appears) the new route opportunities would primarily or entirely be in the Crandall area, we see less potential negative impacts for sensitive plants and wildlife. We encourage any new route construction to be carefully coordinated with realistic law enforcement monitoring to ensure that OHV use doesn’t trespass into areas that are now off-limits to OHV use and are of great concern to the environmental community and our Center. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Stanislaus National Forest Ground Operations - Our center is very supportive of the funding requested under this proposal, which will provide for the needed staffing and tools to accomplish the routine but incredibly important daily and seasonal maintenance tasks conducted by the recreation department on the Stanislaus National Forest. The recreation department is leaned on heavily to be the “fix-all” tool for all road and recreation areas on public lands. The staff’s workload is heavy, the demand is non-stop, and they perform essential work that keeps our lands accessible to the public. This grant proposal is a high-priority for funding from CSERC’s perspective. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Sierra Nevada Red Fox Management Study - CSERC is a strong advocate for funding the costs associated with the current and ongoing research and monitoring efforts for the red fox being coordinated by the USFS and other research partners (such as UC Davis). The trapping/radio collaring, and genetic and camera surveys are very important for understanding the population density, movement patterns, and species behavior of the Sierra Nevada red fox and potential effects from motorized use. We strongly encourage that the data that is accrued from these research efforts be truly utilized to ensure that, where conflict is found to exist between motorized use and red fox behavior and their ability to thrive, appropriate mitigation measures are taken that reduce or eliminate the threat that motorized use presents. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Mi-Wok Central District Restoration - Our Center is very supportive of the funding needed to accomplish the restoration work proposed under this specific grant application. Especially where unauthorized routes and riding areas are affecting watershed, riparian, and other special natural resources, restoring these locations and preventing their continued access via motorized use has a very high value. Our Center has an extremely high familiarity with the project areas that are listed under this grant application (Trout Creek, Bourland Creek, Thompson Meadow), and strongly agrees that they are high priority areas for restoration work that will protect wetland and watershed resources. As CSERC has done on dozens of projects in years past, our staff will coordinate with key OHV recreation staff on the Mi-Wok Ranger District, and where a crew of volunteers is needed to accomplish the planned restoration work, we will work to provide the needed manpower to get the work done. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Summit Long Valley Restoration - ?The Long Valley Restoration proposal will provide critical funding needed to restore and protect OHV activity that has damaged sensitive resources in one of the most scenic and ecologically valuable areas accessible by motor vehicles in the Stanislaus National Forest. Long Valley is a destination highly visited by a variety of people engaging in many recreational activities, from campers, to hikers, to wildlife viewers, to wildflower enthusiasts, and people who just come out to enjoy the dramatic mountain escarpments visible in this unusual and biodiverse valley. The work proposed in this grant application will allow OHV use to continue in this beautiful area, but will restrict access to the legally authorized roads and routes (and restore unauthorized areas to their natural condition), and move drive-in dispersed campsites away from meadow and stream edges where they are damaging stream and wetland habitat. All of the efforts proposed in this project have a high benefit to natural resources, to the numerous non-motorized visitors that enjoy this area, as well as the OHV users that can continue to enjoy the mountain-riding experience that this unique place provides. CSERC strongly advocates for this restoration work to be fully funded. As stated under our comments for the “Mi-Wok Central District Restoration” proposal, our staff looks forward to coordinating with Forest Recreation staff in providing volunteers to get the restoration work done. By contributing donated staff time and the donated time of our center’s volunteers, we can compliment the work that needs funding to complete. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Summit Long Valley Restoration - ?The Long Valley Restoration proposal will provide critical funding needed to restore and protect OHV activity that has damaged sensitive resources in one of the most scenic and ecologically valuable areas accessible by motor vehicles in the Stanislaus National Forest. Long Valley is a destination highly visited by a variety of people engaging in many recreational activities, from campers, to hikers, to wildlife viewers, to wildflower enthusiasts, and people who just come out to enjoy the dramatic mountain escarpments visible in this unusual and biodiverse valley. The work proposed in this grant application will allow OHV use to continue in this beautiful area, but will restrict access to the legally authorized roads and routes (and restore unauthorized areas to their natural condition), and move drive-in dispersed campsites away from meadow and stream edges where they are damaging stream and wetland habitat. All of the efforts proposed in this project have a high benefit to natural resources, to the numerous non-motorized visitors that enjoy this area, as well as the OHV users that can continue to enjoy the mountain-riding experience that this unique place provides. CSERC strongly advocates for this restoration work to be fully funded. As stated under our comments for the “Mi-Wok Central District Restoration” proposal, our staff looks forward to coordinating with Forest Recreation staff in providing volunteers to get the restoration work done. By contributing donated staff time and the donated time of our center’s volunteers, we can compliment the work that needs funding to complete. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC). www.cserc.org Stanislaus National Forest Patrol District - One of the key comments CSERC provides on projects where restoration work is proposed is that post-project there needs to be adequate monitoring and law enforcement conducted by Forest Service staff to ensure that the new regulations and road designations are being followed by the public. Acquiring the necessary funding that allows the Forest Service personnel to patrol and enforce these OHV activities not only protects the natural resources our Center advocates for, but helps to ensure the safety of the public. We strongly support the funding requested in this grant application. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  Submitted on behalf of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) - www.cserc.org Stanislaus National Forest Safety and Education - CSERC is supportive of the education and outreach efforts proposed in this grant proposal. Engaging and educating the public on safe and legal OHV etiquette is important in creating an ethic by OHV riders that values abiding by regulations; it raises the understanding of why it is important for natural resources to ride in legal areas only, and also helps OHV users to foster a more positive association with Forest Service staff that enforces the rules in the Stanislaus. Julia Stephens - 3/12/15


  I would ask that any and all grants disseminated to the various Nation Forest Off-Highway Vehicle programs be limited to 50% of the proposed grant monies if that Forest abides by the California State OHV Green/Red sticker guide lines. Even though Riders of red sticker OHVs pay the full $52.00 bi-annual registration fees they  are limited to only partial year use in State SVRAs due to 'environmental' concerns of air quality.  Several National Forest districts have chosen to abide by the state mandated riding periods for red sticker OHVs even though there is no state mandated smog check program requirements for on road vehicles in their counties. Thank you for your time... David Cantrell - 3/13/15

  Great way to enhance quality of OHV experience with low cost and least increase in road/trail density. I look forward to seeing this develop. Chris Methot - 3/23/15


  I would like to see the permanent closure of the road off of the 3N29 near Dodge Meadow. The 3N29 crossed the Clavey River and, from this bridge, there is a short side road that puts people down to an illegal camping area that is located about 1/8 mi. downstream from the bridge. Sadly, people have been leaving huge amounts of trash and their excrement right along this wild and scenic river. It is very disheartening to see what people have done to negatively impact this area. Right below the camping area is a stretch of the Clavey known to the locals as "The Tubs". It's magical but the camping area is not. Sheri Betz - 3/30/15


  I would like to see more monitoring of the Leavitt Peak area where the fox has been sited. I snowshoe in the area and see how snowmobiles have illegally passed the signs indicating the closure of the area to snowmobiles. There tracks and fuel spills were found all over the Leavitt Lake basin. There must be patrols out in this area so that these activities are discouraged. Sheri Betz - 3/30/15

  See attached letter.   Don Amador, Western Representative, BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc. - 4/3/15


  I do support the Stanislaus NF Ground Operations grant application. The ground operations are needed for safety of the general public and the OHV public. Also to protect our natural resources and provide OHV use. Michael Damaso - 4/5/15


  I do support the Mi-Wok Lower Dodge Ridge Development. The reroutes are needed for safety of the general public and the OHV public. Michael Damaso - 4/5/15


  The Merced Dirt Riders totally support this safety & education project! Merced Dirt Riders - 4/6/15


  I am concerned that our OHV monies are being requested for this project. The project states that it will monitor effects of OSV activities but the project area is in a non OVS use area. This is a good project and needs to be done. Other areas of the forest should be looked at also for the Sierra Red Fox. This project should be funded by the California Fish and Wildlife along with the Federal Fish and Wildlife! Michael Damaso - 4/6/15


  I support this Safety & Education grant application! Michael Damaso - 4/6/15


  I support the Restoration of most of the trails. I do believe that several trails should be included in NFTS as OHV legal trails! Michael Damaso - 4/6/15


  The Merced Dirt Riders totally support this O & M project! Merced Dirt Riders - 4/6/15