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USFS - Los Padres National Forest

  This planning grant to do the necessary NEPA documentation for trail maintenance is essential. As stated in the proposal, current environmental documentation is required and this will expire in 2016. The Central Coast Motorcycle Assocation maintains volunteer agreements with the Los Padres for the purpose of conducing trail maintenance so we are very familiar with the status of the current trail maintenance NEPA and we fully support updating these documents. If trail maintenance cannot be done erosion and other detrimental effects will continue regardless of use of the trails, therefore being able to conduct maintenance operations is in the public interest. This reduces soil loss and potential watershed sedimentation as well as preserving these important multiple use facilities. The requested amount seems appropriate given the scope and scale of the project with over 400 miles of trail that will need to be addressed. I would like to point out that most of the system has been designated for approximately 30 years. HMP's are updated annually for the purpose of OHV grant eligibility, along with trail condition surveys, stream crossing surveys, and soil monitoring reports which all must be filed annually. Arch site locations along the trail system have long since been identified and protected. The only reason for updating the HMP is when new species are added to the Forest lists, therefore this is requires a periodic update and not a new plan. One has to question, how much enviromental review of the Los Padres trail systems is enough. It would seem that with all this information there will be a duplication of effort to provide a current set of NEPA documents, but we recognize this is necessary. Bruce Whitcher - 3/9/15


  The Central Coast Motorcycle Association has long supported the Ground Operations grant for the Los Padres. The program provides critical support for protection of cultural and natural resources as well as maintenance for motorized and access to non-motorized recreational facilities. Regarding program costs we have recently had the opportunity to work with Trails Unlimited to improve the SLRD's trail maintenance program. The Forest has only one dozer operator and very few staff available to perform maintenance tasks, therefore it has become necessary to bring in outside contractors. The CCMA provided additional manpower and vehicle support to maximize use of this contractor. For example Trails Unlimited brought two pieces and only one equipment trailer. The CCMA provided a truck and equipment trailer to transport the additional equipment between work sites. For 2015 the CCMA provided the following for match under Equipment Use Expense, #5: 2 - 3/4 ton pickups, value $130/day each, up to 14 days 1 - equipment trailer to transport volunteer Sutter dozer and TU mini excavator, $90/day, up to 14 days 1 - utility trailer, $30/day to transport UTV, up to 14 days 1- Sutter trail dozer, $350/day for up to 14 days We also provided crew accomodations for up to 7 nights near the work area at a private residence at $130/night. We anticipate providing this match again in 2016. The Forest Service provided crew accomodations at the Forest Service facility for up to 10 days in 2015 and may do so again for 2016 depending on availability. This should be included as match. We are not aware that the SLRD provided vehicle support for Trails Unlimited as described under #4 Equipment Use Expense for this year. They may do so for 2016, but the CCMA plans to do this as part of our plan. We support the request for seasonal workers. The SLRD has many heavily used facilities that need constant maintenance. This has exceeded the capability of both Forest Staff and volunteers, especially during peak season. Thank you for the opporutnity to provide these comments. Bruce Whitcher - 3/10/15


  The Central Coast Motorcycle Association provides volunteers to assist with maintenance on the Los Padres. We have long been aware of the condition of the toilet facilites at Ballinger. Although many attempts have been made to replace them none have come to frution. We' re pleased to see tht this request has been submitted and this is a badly needed improvment for the Ballinger area. Bruce Whitcher - 3/10/15


  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

  No specific comment, recommend Grant be approved as requested Dion Salfen - 3/19/15


  The requested Grant should be approved as these facilities are long over-due for upgrade. In addition having a 100% match for this project is very beneficial to the OHV Grand Funds. Dion Salfen - 3/19/15


  The requested Grant should be approved as these facilities are long over-due for upgrade. In addition having a 100% match for this project is very beneficial to the OHV Grand Funds. Dion Salfen - 3/19/15


  1. There appears to be a discrepancy at the top of page 8 in the line item 1 section is the statement, "The Forest Service standard volunteer hourly rate for 2015 is $22.14." The quoted labor rate of $22.14 does not match the rate of $22.55 used for the calculations in this section? 2. As a resident of San Luis Obispo county, member of CCMA (Central Coast Motorcycle Association) club, and a frequent user of the ohv trails in the Los Padres Forest I support this grant application. This grant will enable important trail maintenance to be performed on the trail system. Regular maintenance is important to control water run off, erosion of water control features (rolling dips etc). This is important to protect water shed quality and improving/maintaining a good user experience. Sincerely Mark Miller - 3/27/15


  My family and I have been avid off-roaders all of our lives and wholeheartedly support the work of the LPNF in their efforts of creation, maintenance and restoration of OHV opportunities. We ask that you fully fund all of their grant applications as they are crucial to the future of OHV. Phil Pulley - 4/5/15


  My family and I have been avid off-roaders all of our lives and wholeheartedly support the work of the LPNF in their efforts of creation, maintenance and restoration of OHV opportunities. We ask that you fully fund all of their grant applications as they are crucial to the future of OHV. Phil Pulley - 4/5/15


  My family and I have been avid off-roaders all of our lives and wholeheartedly support the work of the LPNF in their efforts of creation, maintenance and restoration of OHV opportunities. We ask that you fully fund all of their grant applications as they are crucial to the future of OHV. Phil Pulley - 4/5/15


  My family and I have been avid off-roaders all of our lives and wholeheartedly support the work of the LPNF in their efforts of creation, maintenance and restoration of OHV opportunities. We ask that you fully fund all of their grant applications as they are crucial to the future of OHV. Phil Pulley - 4/5/15