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USFS - Sequoia National Forest

  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

  SNF is disingenuous using the term OHV. They do not include ATVs, quad runners in their definition. I have reviewed every grant request since 2005 and find NO EXPENDITURES for 50" trails. There are no 50" trails on the Kern River Ranger district. They spend money on single track and 4x4 trails. 4x4s do not pay into the Green Sticker Fund as do ATVs. We are relegated to 4x4 trails and roads which is dangerous because of the difference in wheel widths. I am a conservative and safe rider. Four years ago I rolled my Machine on the bottom 1/3 of the Sherman Pass Jeep Trail. My left rear wheel dropped of into the deep rut caused by full sized vehicles. I ended up with a broken wrist and 5 cracked ribs. I was 69 y o at the time and can't really afford any more broken bones. I enjoy the forest, the lack of accommodation for ATVs deprives many active seniors our full enjoyment of the forest. Unless some accommodations are made for ATVs I request you deny the Grant request. John Perry - 3/17/15


  This is an extremely worthwhile project and the Grant Request should be approved as submitted. This project will now provide a "legal" way for green sticker OHV to travel on the Cannell Meadow National Recreation Trail from the Kern Plateau to the Kernville Trail Head. To currently ride this route legally one must have a Licensed Dual Sport Vehicle. As a suggestion, the Forest Service should take efforts to make the reroute/restoration/maintenance of this trail "user friendly" for advanced beginner and intermediate riders. Past SNF reroutes, specifically the rerouting of the Broder Meadow Trail, has gone from "beginner" level to "advanced" level. Dion Salfen - 3/19/15


  PLEASE DENY THIS GRANT REQUEST Not to sound like a broken record. But the Monache Property Owners' and other permitted users of the Monache Jeep Road object strongly to this Grant Request and request that it be denied by the OHV Grant Commission. The Kern River RD has failed to properly maintain the Monache Jeep Road to its' historical level to the detriment of Property Owners, Range Permitees, Hunters, Fisherman and the numerous Recreationalists who come to the Monache Meadow Area of the Inyo National Forest. The deterioration of this road (for some odd reason called a trail within the Sequoia National Forest portion) for the past several years can be attributed to the continual OHV and 4WD use of this road. The USFS can no longer blame the Winter snow for the root cause. As an example, this past year (2014) two USFS vehicles were damaged using this road. And, one was the Government vehicle driven by the Kern River District Ranger. One can only guess how many fully 4WD public vehicles suffered similar damage using this access road into the Inyo National Forest. So that the Sequoia National Forrest gets the message, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE OHV GRANT COMMITTEE REJECT THIS GRANT REQUEST IN ITS' ENTIRETY UNTIL THE SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST COMES UP WITH A MAINTENANCE PLAN TO RESTORE THE MONACHE JEEP ROAD TO ITS' HISTORICAL CONDITION. Dion Salfen, Monache Property Owners - 3/19/15


  My family and I have been avid off-roaders all of our lives and wholeheartedly support the work of the Sequoia NF 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 Sequoia NF 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