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  The OHV staging area in Miller Canyon needs improvements. I believe that the size of the proposed site is too small. On many summer weekends it is not unusual for there to be 30 to 40 vehicles and trailers. Often there are several motor homes occupied by those who wish to spend a few days camping. If the propose site is implemented I can see potential conflicts between users and over crowding of the site. This will result in people finding "staging areas " outside of the site causing additional resource damage. Bob Poole - 3/8/15


  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

  Restoration is over subscribed for this year and because this we need to make sure that restoration grants have a direct link to the designated route system. In other words are the designated route system properly signed and are the closed trails also signed. Only after that is done, can we start thinking of restoration, why , public already has been warned. Also needed in this agency as others a polygon or some system to identify all of the restored areas in the forest so that a systematic restoration program is in place. Last thing we need is little here and little there and no one is minding the store. There should be a history of all areas restored on one map with proper date or grant of restored area and how we are doing. Again, directly relationship to designated routes system should be what we restore. Anything else at this point is wasted resources, it has no bearing on our access to public lands. Ed Waldheim - 3/22/15


  San Bernardino Forest is to be congratulated as one that has the most active volunteers program of any grantee that I now of. However it would be nice to know in a paragraph at the beginning of the Project Description exactly what is the public getting for $549,550 dollars as shown on this grant. At beginning it talks about 52 miles of of 24-50" trails that are up 10 miles from last year. Congratulations. Then it describes about 169 Miles of Green sticker, but on further discussion not all of those are open to Green Sticker. In a simple paragraph, outline exactly what are we get for $549,500 dollars. Ed Waldheim - 3/22/15


  The Summit Staging Area needs huge improvements in order to delineate a parking area, reconstruct the slope away from the canyons,install vault restrooms. put in more trash facilities and increase signage. The area at the present time is a large dirt lot with one trash can, one broken picnic table and one useable picnic table. I scoped this staging area nearly 3 years ago and nothing has been done to improve it. You indicate that it will be designated a day use area in order to have better management of the site. That should be one of your highest priorities because unless you have more law enforcement present and some personnel to oversee this staging area as I mentioned nearly 3 years ago all of your efforts to improve the aesthetics of the site will be in vain. If the Forest Service is going to continue to apply for grants to fix up the staging areas and increase the OHV use on the trails they need people on the ground to enforce their facilities. Anything else is a waste of time for the taxpayers and for others that would like to enjoy the open spaces. Donald Fischer - 3/27/15


  I scoped the Miller Staging Area 2.5 years ago and came back to look at the site this past week and nothing has been done to improve the area. You indicate that your plans are to designate an official staging area in the same general location but across the road on the upland, because of all the detrimental impacts that have occurred to this "unofficial" staging area over many years. You also indicate that if you designate this as a day use area you could have improved management of the site. If the Forest Service had decided to put money into Better Management Practices years ago this unofficial site would not even exist today and wouldn't need to be restored. As I mentioned 2.5 years ago, the highest priority is to have more law enforcement and personnel to oversee the staging area in order to see that it is properly maintained. Again I say that if you don't do this, all of the work you do to improve the site aesthetically will be for naught because damage will be done to the new site as it was done to the unofficial site. Donald Fischer - 3/27/15



  San Bernardino National Forest grants all look great. Planning are especially good to improve staging. I hope these grants can be funded as fully as possible to help a large number of people who visit this forest (Me included). Ed Stovin - 4/5/15


  After reviewing the preliminary applications my question in the General Application Requirements can you please explain the difference between safety zones, citation and voluntary compliance areas for questions #10? In the Miller Staging Area and the Summit Staging Area Development projects I would like to recommend that the SBNF install toilets made from recyclable materials and vaults from cement with ash content. Also, Miller Staging Area the number of special status species listed seems high, is this correct? In the Ground Operations if you are supplying materials such as recycled toilet paper with USFS funds as indicated on the first page of the grant application can those costs be used as match? If the GS-6 term position at the Supervisor’s office will be conducting administrative duties as part of his duties shouldn’t you reduce the requested salary and use indirect funds for those duties. Rick Lavello - 4/6/15


  6. OHV Volunteer Coordinator Notes : OHV volunteer coordinator is responsible for coordinating all Adopt-A-Trail volunteers, forest OHV volunteers, trail maintenance. soil monitoring, equipment purchase and general operations. He is on trails 5 days/week monitoring and maintaining facilities, training volunteers and scheduling employees field work. This item is the request for state funds for this person. The other volunteer coordinator further down shows the USFS part of the O&M salary for this volunteer coordinator that is shown as MATCH. Is this person the same as SCMF's OHV Patrol Volunteer Coordinator, Education Outreach Coordinator. Is this the OHV manager? Dan Simmerman - 4/6/15