2020/2021 Public Comments to Preliminary Applications

AGENCIES SUBMITTING PRELIMINARY APPLICATIONS

Please click on an agency to view the public comments received for that agency's preliminary application. All agencies submitting preliminary applications are listed below and only those agencies shown in bold received public comments.

BLM FIELD OFFICES

I would like to make sure there is money for maps of the various Adventure trails OHV zones. We are getting low on these. Is there any way we can get help with maintaining signage for the various routes , in this grant cycle. Thank you. Glenn Glenn Clark - 4/9/2021


We support this ground op grant with the Bishop BLM. I hope they make sure that they order enough maps of the Poleta area and the Tungsten/Buttermilk area as those two areas sees a lot of use. Maps work very well for education. Adventure Trail System of the Eastern Si - 4/9/2021


 

US FOREST SERVICE

 

The Eldorado Forest is proposing a well balanced OHV program that both addresses providing quality OHV recreation opportunities while also protecting forest resources. Maintenance is an essential element of protecting resources while allowing for the recreational use. Good operating equipment and trained operators are a must to ensure good maintenance - these elements are critical. The Division is encouraged to fund equipment maintenance needs and fuel costs - without these the needed maintenance cannot be done. Providing quality information to users is also essential if users are to be expected to follow the rules. Funding of the maps, staffing and other measures for getting the needed information out to visitors is very important. The Eldorado has provided a broad range of high quality recreation opportunities for many years and should be fully funded to continue to provide this service. LESTER LUBETKIN - 3/16/2021


The study proposed in this project is essential if OHV users want to have these unique, high-elevation routes remain open. When dealing with T&E species, having high quality information is critical and it must be collected in a balanced, defensible manner. This study proposes to do just that, and should be funded to the requested amount. Additionally, the OHV Division (and OHV Recreationists) should expect the results of the study will be used to inform future OHV management, which could include certain restrictions or limitations to ensure protection of T&E or Sensitive species. LESTER LUBETKIN - 3/16/2021


As a local who stages at the Hope Valley SNO-Park multiple times each year, the need for additional trash and litter removal, bathroom cleaning, etc... is a gigantic need. Cleaning is needed daily on the weekend and holidays (at minimum). Also, as a regular user of the Mount Rose / Chickadee Ridge area, proper signage identifying OSV boundaries is badly needed. Signage is needed that says, "OSV Access Boundary" or something similar that non only notifies OSV users where they ARE allowed, but also communicates to non motorized users that OSV IS legal. Nonmotorized users in these areas regularly are verbally abusive to OSV users (to the point that I know of several examples of OSV users avoiding accessing from legal OSV areas in this region simply because they don't want to be verbally abused by the non motorized users in the area). Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I would like to assume most of it is due to lack of proper education on their part of where the OSV boundaries are. For example, since "The Meadow" is non-OSV, many of the non-motorized users are of the opinion that the other areas outside of The Meadow are also non-motorized...of which they are not correct. In addition to increased signage, kiosks with a QR code to download the free Avenza map showing OSV boundaries would also help OSV users respect boundaries, as well as help educated non-motorized users that they are accessing areas that are either motorized or are bordered with OSV nearby. All of this work is LARGELY needed and this grant needs to be supported in order to help make these things happen and improve the user experiences of motorized users. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


This year I was able to get out in the field with the Bridgeport Avalanche Center. It was both an educational and exciting time in the field. I got a first hand lesson on digging a snow pit and using the snow probe to test for the likely hood of an avalanche. I was taught the different types of avalanches and the slope degree were an avalanche is most likely to occur at. A lesson on beacon work was also provided. I have a passion for getting into backcountry skiing and look forward to reading the daily avalanche conditions. Shane M Demo - 4/5/2021


I volunteered with the Bridgeport Avalanche center and found them extremely professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated to serving their community. What a great organization and resource for backcountry users! Brian Merewitz - 4/6/2021


Several cooperative agreements exist between the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Mono County to provide high quality, sustainable, and safe recreation opportunities in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region. Mono County supports the Humboldt-Toiyabe and Bridgeport Avalanche Center's application for funding from the State OHMVR Division to provide quality avalanche safety information and education for OHV users of the Bridgeport Ranger District. This program has been proven to be proactive and professional in its outreach and engagement with OHV/OSV users. Please consider the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's application for funding as an important and essential service for Eastern Sierra motorized users accessing the region's world-class OSV opportunities. - Mono County Sustainable Recreation Coordinator matthew paruolo - 4/7/2021


Under the list of partners I am concerned with the clout given to the Friends of the Inyo. With regard to OHV funds utilization. The grant description claims that they monitor and maintain OHV routes and continues to say that activities include brushing, raking, repairing and replacing route signs and OHV facility maintenance. That statement is false. Since I have been involved in OHV activities OHV grant funds were used to close several routes within the forest utilizing Friends of the Inyo. I have not seen them do any OHV improvements or maintenance on Forest lands. Friends of the Inyo is not an OHV friendly partner, their mission is quite the contrary to OHV activities. I think it is interesting that they are at the top of the list of partners identified for the purpose of utilizing OHV funds. The eastern Sierra 4x4 club and Advocates for Access to Public Lands and the Eastern Sierra Adventure trails have been working for years to promote OHV activities and access in the Eastern Sierra and the Inyo National Forest. We have been trying to partner with the Forest for several years but due to certain people in the staff being adversely opposed to motorized use of Forest lands, consequently we never were treated as partners. I bring up the past, because it seems even now this relationship has not improved, I have had hopes recently that, that would change. It seems like it is, but then I see in this grant that FOI is the preferred partner who does all of this OHV work when they are very anti OHV. I hope someday, I can quit bringing up the past. Maybe when the INF finally treats us like a partner. I am encouraged by some of the staff and their commitment to open access to all users, including OHV and 4x4 activities. Adventure trails is very committed to working with the Forest and the BLM to improve roads and trails within the lands that these agencies oversee. We are committed to education and preservation. We are committed to making a difference. One key tool for preservation is education. I am looking forward to some good things happening; I hope the forest is too. I want to see a strong road and trail system brought back to the INF. Thank you. Glenn Clark - 4/9/2021


We support this years grant with the Inyo National Forest. With their new staff we feel optimistic that we will finally get some OHV trails fixed and maintained. For years we see them putting in for grants and see nothing done. We hope that this year we can build on our relationship with them and be a partner on our public lands. Really hope that they put in for enough maps of the area. With the increase of visitors, we need that education component. We look forward to working with them. Adventure Trail System of the Eastern Si - 4/9/2021


As a summer dirtbike user and winter OSV user who lives locally, I appreciate the efforts of this project to properly operate and maintain staging areas. We have seen an influx of OHV users year round in the recent year. I would like to provide input to item 10 specifically as it refers to the OSV map. I see a need for additional brochure holders at common OSV staging areas and trailheads. Doing so would help OSV users respect property boundaries and would help inform non-motorized users that they are entering a motorized access area, thereby decreasing conflict from uninformed non motorized users. I would also like to comment on the need to improve the OSV map. As someone who attempts to respect property boundaries when accessing the backcountry, including within the LTBMU and crossing into the surrounding National Forests, I find the map difficult to locate enough zoomed in detail on property boundaries. It would be helpful to have this map free on Avenza, included with topographical lines, in order to better identify exactly where the boundaries are in order to fully honor and respect the intent of the map. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


In regards to the user report : "1) FS FY 2009: 10/2008-09/2009. San Bernardino National Forest Visitor Use Report, National Visitor UseMonitoring,Data collected FY 2009. Last updated December 2019. Data collected in 2019 was not specific to OHV activityso we have opted to use the 2009 data set." How is this ok? Data from 12 years ago?! This isn't even close to relevant. Give them a grant so they can get accurate numbers. In the last 5 years alone, green sticker registrations have had to climbed significantly with the popularity of Side by Sides. And fire danger? I live in the mountain communities and the amount of fires from overlanders, etc is ridiculous. "Total miles of routes available are 237. Verified most recent data.2) The San Bernardino National Forest 2018 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) identifies routes available & ridingareas open to vehicle use, including OHV use. 175 miles of maintenance level 2 roads and 62 miles ofOHV trails provide a total of 237 miles of OHV routes." We need recent numbers (not from 2009) to show that 62 miles of OHV trails is not ok. I am tired of avoiding head on collisions every weekend we ride out there. It is over crowded and there are not enough green sticker trails. Nicole Beale - 3/31/2021


As a local who is an OHV user in the summer and OSV user in the winter, efforts identified at Boca/Stampede/Prosser have my full support. For the 06 area, additional education, signage, maps, etc... of what is legal for OHV in the summer and OSV in the winter is definitely a need, including improved OSV staging in the winter. This project has my support and the CA OSV is encouraged to direct a large increase in percentage of the overall funding toward the High Sierra region here. As this project describes, the population size of the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento, and San Jose areas that access this region for their outdoor recreation, is quite large and heavily used. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


As a summer OHV and winter OSV user who lives locally, I have personally witnessed the GIGANTIC need for this 300 vehicle paved trailhead facility at Donner Summit. If you spend one weekend day in the winter at the nearby SnoPark, you will leave 100% convinced of the absolute essential need for this project. It is nice to see that our local Forest Service leadership now has the vision and understanding of the needs of the OHV and OSV communities so that we can properly and safely access our public lands. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


As a new dirt bike rider in 2020 at the age of 49, I am pleased to be able to access our public lands using OHV (also began OSV in 2019). I am a local resident and have personally observed and experienced the needs for connectivity trails, developed staging areas with toilets, map kiosks, and signage, and route signage in the area around Boca Reservoir, Verdi, and Prosser. I am particularly please to see that these efforts are in alignment with the connectivity work from Sierra Buttes in helping create a larger connectivity project for OHV in the High Sierra. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


 

US FOREST SERVICE PATROL DISTRICTS

The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Lassen/Modoc National Forest Patrol for the purchase of 2 snowmobiles and a Polaris RZR. Our residents and visitors frequent the Lassen National Forest on OHV and snowmobiles, and the area experiences a high volume of winter sports enthusiasts and snowmobilers. Patrols for safety of the public is very important along those snowmobile corridors, OHV roads and parking areas. As supporting information, the Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Lassen/Modoc National Forest Patrol for the purchase of 2 snowmobiles and a Polaris RZR. Our residents and visitors frequent the Lassen National Forest on OHV and snowmobiles, and the area experiences a high volume of winter sports enthusiasts and snowmobilers. Patrols for safety of the public is very important along those snowmobile corridors, OHV roads and parking areas. As supporting information, the Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


 

CITIES

 

COUNTIES

I am very supportive of this grant. I suggest the Sheriff's Office work with the Federal Wildlife Officers in the county as well as I know they are also enforcing OHV laws. Chris Steinbis - 3/3/2021


Sorry, but I cannot support the BCSO grant unless the BCSO starts actually enforcing OHV laws! For too long the BCSO has used the grant to fund overtime shifts where deputies patrol the OHV areas and do no actual enforcement! Simply "waving the flag" and waving at OHV riders is all they do. BCSO says they receive complaints about OHV violations, well how many citations does the agency actually issue?? Chris Steinbis - 3/3/2021


The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Butte County Sheriff for increases to patrol staff, signage, safety gear, maintenance and the purchase of a snowmobile replacing a 2001 model that is unreliable. The Jonesville/Colby area experiences a high volume of winter sports enthusiasts and snowmobilers, and patrols for safety of the public is very important along those snowmobile corridors and parking areas. As supporting information, the Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


We really need the continued support of our Acton OHV Sheriffs unit. We in rural areas deal with illegal OHV use which puts us at additional risk for wildfires, equine injuries, trespass, habitat destruction and noise. We live here to enjoy the peaceful, rural lifestyle and need this team as regular patrol vehicles are insufficient. Colin & Karen O’Reilly - 3/2/2021


Hello I was reading in the valley press today about Grants & Cooperative Agreement Program to have 1 sergeant & nine deputies to enforce illegal off road riding. As an older motorcycle rider I do not think there is that big of a problem with illegal off road riding. It seems like the money could be better spent in so many other ways. Ask yourself is this the best use of officers going after nuisance issues. If people are riding around houses it is most likely a young kid. Swinging a patrol car over seems like a better less costly approach then devoting a 10 person unit? Grants are a gift you do not have to pay back but somebody like a tax payer is paying for it. Have you ever given the thought of opening up some riding land or access land closer than Cal City or El Mirage so local people can go out for a few hours and not have to devote a weekend or a whole day. There was talk about the hills of Little Rock OHV area years ago but for some reason that never happened. Maybe spend money to devote a legal route over to Texas canyon, El Mirage from the AV? Cal City has trails that legally go into town. If the issue is about destroying the environment than I would question why for so many years west of Lancaster where there are no house they patrolled the hills. Now the landscape is now littered with solar panels and windmills. Thank you for taking my input. Tom Thomas Miller - 3/3/2021


I am against this grant for the following reasons. Most of the area around Los Angeles county is open public land. This crew is enforcing drug users, dumpers and people illegally hanging out in open areas. They even listed it in their application. The statistics they list is four years old. They can’t even provide up to date information. The ohv money is being used for policing of illegal activities other than ohv. Little Rock dam was apparently closed because of an endangered toad. It has been 5 years and it hasn’t been close to being revitalized because of health and safety of the dam from the water district not the toad. If you closed all the public recreation spots then it makes it hard to keep people from illegally riding. We need to spend grants on renewing rowher flats ohv and Hungry valley svra. The two local riding areas. Little Rock damn is never going to be an ohv area again I believe, so we need to move our focus. We need to attract families to our other resources. After all it is the hard working families teaching their kids how to ride an atv that just ride in the desert to have a safe spot. This application shows that the use of the money is probably for enforcement of criminals in the desert that are squatting, dumping, and illegally shooting. A short info about me. I grew up and lived here my whole life. I am a big supporter of legal ohv use. Matthew Gorman. Matthew Gorman - 3/3/2021


Folks, I read about your grant application to restore AV OHV patrols in the AV Press. I am a 40 year resident of Palmdale and live near the western hills and aqua duct. I hike the local hills several times a week to enjoy the scenery, peace and quiet and to get much needed exercise. Many other people enjoy these hills either on foot or on bicycles. Families, kids, cross country runners all enjoy this area. In years past I have run into deputies on motorcycles patrolling the areas around the hills and aqua duct. I talked with them on several occasions about issues in the hills with the most pressing issue being illegal use of motorcycles and quads on the trails and aqua duct. These people run along at high speed dodging the hikers and bikers not caring for the safety of all involved. I have appreciated the sheriffs deputy patrols as they seem to be able to keep the trails safer from the high speed traffic and enforce the laws. I strongly encourage the resumption of these patrols as the problems have magnified since the patrols have stopped. Please take all necessary steps to return the AV OHV team to these hills so residents can continue to enjoy them without fear of being run over. Ronald Tucker Palmdale Ronald Tucker - 3/4/2021


To Whom it May Concern: I'm writing in support of the Antelope Valley OHV team (Palmdale Sheriff Station) grant application through the California State Parks and Recreation Division. As a Juniper Hills resident, I wish to see more policing and enforcement of the laws and regulations meant to protect our beautiful--and delicate--desert ecosystem. Too many people are breaking the laws and damaging our environment unchecked; it's like the unregulated Wild West. Now more than ever, we need to protect our fragile hills to allow nature to recover from the Bobcat Fire. The more resources (i.e., funding) toward that aim, the better. Thank you. Kirsten Rosenberg Juniper Hills Kirsten Rosenberg - 3/4/2021


Modoc County Deputies need to actually enforce OHV laws! Tickets need to be written! Why not bring in extra BLM, Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Officers to do saturation patrols?? Chris Steinbis - 3/3/2021


I am commenting as a 20 year resident of Mono County. My husband has lived here since the mid-1980s, and is in fact retired local law enforcement. My comments will pertain mainly to the Mono Basin where I live (and therefore have more awareness of where the rubber hits the road), but some comments will certainly carry over to other parts of the County.?? We are at a tipping point: the Mono Basin could turn into a major OHV tourist destination or not. There will be many factors that influence this outcome; in my humble opinion, law enforcement will be the primary factor. Education about what is in fact legal and illegal will help, but without enforcement education only goes so far. I am attaching an article about a recent illegal 5000 person OHV gathering in the Tonto National Forest: https://www.adventure-journal.com/2021/04/5000-off-road-partiers-unleash-havoc-on-arizona-national-forest/. Yes, this is an extreme example, but even something 1/10th this scale would be damaging to the fragile Mono Basin and its characteristics of pristineness and quiet. This event was organized on Facebook. Social Media is precisely why we are likely on the verge of an increasing influx of OHV tourism. The locals have already seen a major uptick, preceding, but certainly exacerbated by COVID restrictions. Due to lack of information (maps, signage), it is very difficult for folks who want to ride legally to know which roads are legal. In a recent meeting with Sheriff Braun, she confirmed what many of us already knew: County maintained roads are illegal for non-street-legal vehicles. We have two categories of OHV tourists: those who would obey the law were they aware of it, and those who would not. To be clear that I am not singling out the OHV users as a group, I would say the same of hikers, campers, and mountain bikers; this grant is about OHVers, so I will be only referring to them as a users group. For the former category, it is virtually impossible to ascertain what roads are legal, especially on the County maintained roads that cross BLM land (INF has a decent map). For the latter category — those who would ride places that are it in fact illegal, the only way to stop them is for word to get out that the law is enforced. Social media can go both ways and if enough illegal riders are talked to or cited, the word will spread within the user group. ?I am thrilled to see the following in the grant application: “The Deputies are specifically focusing on violations of the 38000 section of the Vehicle Code. Due to the high rate of non-resident visitors, the Deputies also use the citizen contacts as a time to educate the non-resident visitors about California’s OHV Rules and Regulations. Most of the non-resident visitors are unaware of registration requirements and wilderness boundaries.” I hope the result of this grant will be that Mono County gets a reputation among the users groups (social media and simply word of mouth) 1) as a place where the law is enforced and 2) a place where there is enough information that law abiding is easy rather than difficult.??Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Margaret Verba - 4/15/2021


I do not agree with this grant application by the Nevada County Sherriff's Department. The OHV community is the only user group that is subject to an extra tax, also known as the green sticker fund, in order to enjoy OHV recreation. This money is supposed to be used to build and improve California State OHV parks, facilities and recreation areas. As it stands right now the State has multiple OHV projects on "Hold" due to, among other excuses, lack of funding, lack of qualified personnel, and or lack of the proper equipment needed to perform the various pending improvements needed. There has been a progressive closing of legal OHV areas in the past. This has forced more and more OHV users to be restricted to riding in less legal riding area. This creates over use of any and all legal OHV riding areas throughout the state. Instead of funneling funds away from the "Green Sticker" fund for law enforcement on non state OHV legal riding areas, this money would be put to better use to procure more properties for OHV use, revive multiple stalled projects to bring them through to fruition and properly maintain the existing trail systems for continued sustainable use. If all of the State OHV areas are properly funded, staffed and maintained there will be reduced desire to ride in non state OHV areas thereby negating the need for county law enforcement. Let BLM or the National Forest service or Nevada County fund the Sherriff's office for law enforcement, not the OHV fund. Thank you. John Pellizzer - 3/12/2021


The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Plumas County Sheriff for patrol staff and supplies. We agree that experienced snowmobile riders are necessary for safe patrolling, and the high volume of snowmobile riders and winter sports enthusiasts, including many from Butte County, merit regular patrols for safety and monitoring for abuse of the area. The Plumas County Sheriff also patrols OHV areas frequented by our residents, which we support and consider necessary. As supporting information, the Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Plumas County Sheriff for increases to patrol staff, and supplies. Our residents and visitors frequent areas of the National Forests patrolled by the Plumas County Sheriff's Department, and we agree that their snowmobile patrols require experienced riders and frequent patrols to protect public safety and curb abuses. As supporting information, the Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


MORONGO BASIN STATION We are so grateful for the progress made against OHV abuses in our community. Morongo Valley has an exceptional relationship with the Morongo Basin Station. Continued patrols, which are frequent and dedicated to OHV activity, are essential to maintaining recently hard-won progress. Sharon Dove - 3/3/2021


Morongo Valley has benefited greatly from the increased enforcement that has significantly reduced illegal OHV activity in our community by the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department. This grant is crucial to the continued enforcement going forward and I am so grateful to the Sheriff's Department for their committment to increased patrols in this effort. Please accept my support for this grant to the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department. Susan Lefevre - 3/3/2021


 

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Butte County Sheriff for increases to patrol staff, signage, safety gear, maintenance and the purchase of a snowmobile replacing a 2001 model that is unreliable. The Jonesville/Colby area experiences a high volume of winter sports enthusiasts and snowmobilers, and patrols for safety of the public is very important along those snowmobile corridors and parking areas. The Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


The Butte County Federal/State Land Use Coordinating Committee supports the grant request of the Butte County Sheriff's Search and Rescue for purchase of a snowmobile, a Polaris Ranger, GPS units, medical and beacon kits and helmets. This non-profit organization is not funded by the Sheriff's Department and is dependent on grants and donations. Reliable off-road equipment is necessary for their search and rescue program, which has successfully operated in Butte County for many years and is a very valued service. As supporting information, the Committee meets monthly and solicits public comments on OHV grants at publicly noticed meetings. Peggy Moak-Butte Cty Fed-State Coord Com - 3/17/2021


I am in support of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center receiving this grant, and their intended plans for the funds. It will be instrumental in the center's season and the community. Brooke Maushund - 3/13/2021


The ESAC provides a valuable resource to backcountry users of all types (including OHV users) in a large area of California. This area is accessed by locals as well as Californians who travel from larger population centers in Southern California to recreate. The resource provided by ESAC go far beyond just providing a daily avalanche forecast (which by itself is vital to the safety of all backcountry users). This year I attended one of their virtual educational webinars. I have taken a 24 hour avalanche educational course and the one hour webinar was a great refresher. I have pointed several newer backcountry users to the ESAC free one hour educational event as a great place to start learning about the tools that will keep them alive while recreating in California's backcountry. I strongly encourage you to continue to provide this grant as it will greatly benefit OHV and other backcountry users in California. Cory Cory Nelson - 3/16/2021


The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center provides an invaluable resource to our community. Their good work helps educate and inform. Their work undoubtedly saves lives and likely reduces the number of rescues that otherwise could occur if people were not informed about conditions and educated on how understand them. It's very necessary that their work is able to continue. Thank you. Sean Bradley - 3/20/2021


The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center provides an invaluable resource to our community. Their good work helps educate and inform. Their work undoubtedly saves lives and likely reduces the number of rescues that otherwise could occur if people were not informed about conditions and educated on how understand them. It's very necessary that their work is able to continue. Thank you. Sean Bradley - 3/20/2021


The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center is a pivotal piece in the role of wintertime public safety. With the large rise of folks heading into the backcountry, it is more imperative than ever that the agency receives adequate funding to keep and grow it's professional forecasting staff, learning and education programs, and more. Though the community steps in in a large way each winter monetarily, grants like these are the lynchpin to a successful and safe season and benefits a wide range of people and activities, including public safety resources and rescue organizations. Mitchell Quiring - 3/27/2021


The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center provides life saving resources for people who recreate in the backcountry. This grant will help fund ESAC to educate people on how to use and apply those resources and stay safe. Also, the grant will allow the classes and forecasts to remain free so costs of an education won’t be a possible deterrent. As someone who doesn’t make a lot of money, I rely on the free services that ESAC provides that allows me to continue learning about Avalanche safety. I hope they receive the necessary funding to continue to provide that free service. Thank you. Gregory Rosselli - 3/28/2021


I use the Central Sierra Avalanche Center commonly during the winter season, and the Eastern Sierra Center provides similar enhancements of safety and promulgations of current information. The avalanche hazard in the eastern Sierra Nevada is greater than in the Central (greater Tahoe area) Sierra because of the steeper slopes and much greater relief. The risk may be lower because of fewer users, but it's still considerable. Having a reliable place to check daily observations and forecasts is extremely useful, particularly as backcountry use expands in winter and spring. A great aspect is the open forum for observations. A wholly government site would not be allowed to post near-real-time observations from backcountry users, but semi-volunteer sites, like the Central and Eastern Sierra Avalanche Centers can. Public users know where they go and are motivated to share their observations. These observations help users to decide when to go into the backcountry and where, and these save the California government money by reducing search, rescue, and recovery expenses. Funding the Eastern Sierra Center's modest grant proposal would be tax money well spent. Tom Sisson - 4/7/2021


I was already an avid backcountry user, but I have only recreated in the backcountry more with the pandemic. I have also seen more and more friends get into skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in the backcountry. The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center has been an invaluable resource in keeping myself and others safe this season and season's past. They put in so much work to produce a reliable avalanche forecast every day, and have been expanding their programming to offer more resources for the community. I'd love for them to have the funding to expand even further, keeping people safe in the Eastern Sierra, preventing further need for search and rescue resources and bringing more tourism to the Eastern Sierra. Ayelet Bitton - 4/8/2021


As an outdoor enthusiast who regularly spends time in the Eastern Sierra, I am very grateful for the work done by ESAC to both monitor avalanche hazards and educate the public. I feel the grant would go a long ways in educating the public about hazards but also encouraging safe recreation in the area. Andrew Schluter - 4/13/2021


The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) provides an invaluable public safety and educational resource to the community of winter backcountry enthusiasts in our area, both local and visiting users. In the avalanche community, the outreach to the motorized community has lagged behind the growth of the user group. It is that disconnect that has led to so many motorized avalanche accidents and fatalities over the years. It is admirable and essential that ESAC continue to grow its outreach to the motorized community. The additional funding from this OHV grant would be tremendously helpful and could help save lives. Christopher Older - 4/13/2021


As a mother of 4 children, I Desarae Walling would like to see designated funding for safety, on and off the Public Lands; pertaining to onsite persons for safety guidance, knowledge, along with safety course requirements, for manufacturers and purchasers of All recreational OHV’s i.e: Side-by-Sides, etc, etc, etc.... I feel there are too many new riders with less and less ridding etiquette. Going directly to the manufacturers with data showing the increase in injuries since the rise of lease to own options. Per the Kern County Sheriff’s “ there’s ALOT of debt at campsite” which proves the need for safety education. Regards, Desarae Walling. Desarae Walling - 3/27/2021


We support this grant for Inyo County Search & Rescue. We have seen a huge increase of visitors in our area and seem to be new to Off Roading on OHV trails. These visitors get themselves in trouble. We feel with better maintenance of the OHV trail system on both Forest Service and BLM public lands the amount of Search and Rescue calls will greatly go done and we can focus more on education. Until then we need this service. This group of volunteers works very hard in the worst conditions. Adventure Trail System of the Eastern Si - 4/9/2021


Since their creation, the Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers has become a collaborative force for positive OSV culture in the High Sierra through their partnerships with all three National Forest/Units (including multiple ranger districts) and the Sierra Avalanche Safety. This application clearly demonstrates the positive culture, etiquette, and safety that they are providing that nicely supplements, without supplanting, the efforts of the other entities. Especially with the increased OSV usage from out of area visitors due to Covid, investing OHV/OSV funds in this highly used region is a necessary and wise decision by CA OHV. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


I'm please to see that the Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers is focusing their efforts on Education and Safety in ways that fill current gaps and needs in this highly accessed region in the High Sierra. I'm pleased to see that they are collaborating closely with the three National Forests/Units, across multiple districts, and the Sierra Avalanche Safety to align efforts (without supplanting or duplicating). I personally have seen many users this winter alone who are not prepared with the training, the gear, the riding ability to safety escape very dangerous situations. or the practice using their skills and gear. This season alone has see too many tragedies in the backcountry. I am pleased that this grant will make a dent for next season in mitigating them. Todd M. Wold, Ed.D. - 3/24/2021


As a pretty new snowmobiler, LTS has been key. It's hard to navigate all the land and maps accurately and they have helped to make sure new entrants to the sport are safe and legal. They also did some great work helping match riders and build safety skills so that we have fewer rescues in the mountains. Really happy they were there to help me sled more this year. sean j Regan - 3/26/2021


Thanks to Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers for hosting the meetups. I feel much better knowing my husband is going out with other riders vs. going solo. Building the community up keeps us all safer. I'm looking fwd to practicing with my beacon tomorrow at the Blue Lakes meetup and riding with everyone. Caroline Hofeller - 3/26/2021


I was really happy when my husband signed up for his level-1 with SAC. He's always in the snow but never went deep on avalanche training. Thanks for running it! Caroline Regan - 3/26/2021


Wow- I was lucky enough to get into the moto level 1 class with Duncan Lee and Max W. from SAC. As someone with young kids I want to be safer in BC and that class really helped. I've had 3 friends die in avalanches, 2 in CO and 1 at Squaw SAC's free offering that was also close to home (Truckee) finally got me to make the time. I met some new riding partners, learned about the Terrain at LTS and came out better prepared if something happens and more likely to avoid a situation in the first place. sean j Regan - 3/26/2021


This is an excellent educational program that is providing information to first responders and the general public to educate and save lives on a daily basis. Chad Anson - 3/29/2021


The Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) is an invaluable resource for the the Lake Tahoe area as well as areas surrounding the lake. From their daily avalanche forecast, to the educational resources that can be found on their web site as well as the OVH avalanche education programs provided for free due to grants. Without this resource there is no doubt in my mind that we would have lost a lot more people this year due to avalanches. Especially with social distancing pushing more people into the backcountry. The Sierra Avalanche Center has taken my avalanche education to a whole new level over the last two years. Last year was the first year I realized that SAC provided free motorized, I could not believe this was real until I was doing my level 1 with Duncan Lee. The daily flow that is taught by SAC is an amazing tool that allows one to travel in the backcountry with a full avalanche safety plan without being the main focus of a ride. It is a tool I now use on all backcountry rides. This year I was able to really expand my knowledge of avalanche safety with SAC by taking a level 2 motorized and avalanche rescue course. The rescue course was a great refresher course and warm up to the level 2. The knowledge i obtained from the level 2 will forever be used to keep me and my group safer in the backcountry saving mine or others lives in the future. I believe that everybody that wants to experience the backcountry in the winter may you be on foot or motorized needs some avalanche education and SAC is best resource for this education. SAC saves countless lives ever year one of them is mine. What Travis Feist and Duncan Lee with SAC have done for the snowmobiling community is one of a kind. These heros are legendary in community for the knowledge they pass on that truly safes lives. Thank you, Ovila Juneau Ovila Albert Juneau IV - 3/29/2021


I personally benefited a great deal from the motorized avalanche course this winter. I will, as a result of this training, be able to educate my wife and children of the fundamentals of avalanche safety. The skillset acquired and experience obtained are invaluable. Being able to apply the information from the course in the field was immensely helpful. I highly recommend the course. I only wish there was more availability so I could have taken the course sooner. Travis Feist and Andrew Irvin, our course instructors, are two very dedicated & knowledgeable individuals. I truly enjoyed learning from them. Richard Law - 3/29/2021


The Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) is an invaluable asset to local and surrounding areas. Every year winter sports grow and the public is reaching further and further into the backcountry. The training and education the SAC provides saves lives. The information they provide is relevant, up to date, and detailed. It is delivered by consummate professionals that care greatly for public safety and the growth and development of winter spots. As an avalanche professional myself, I send my staff to get trained at SAC. There are often students from many other states in attendance. SAC's courses generate much revenue for local businesses. I highly encourage the board to award the full amount requested by SAC. Their product speaks to winter recreationalist of all backgrounds. This winter America experienced it highest number of avalanche incidents in decades. Proof that this training and education is much needed. As a California tax payer, avalanche professional, and winter recreationalist, it is with high confidence I say that SAC gives the public what they need and deserve, and I hope the board continues to see the great value of this asset. Thank you, Adrian Hunter Recreation OHV / OSV Manager Bridgeport Avalanche Center Director U.S. Forest Service Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest Bridgeport Ranger District Adrian Hunter - 3/30/2021


The Sierra Avalanche Center provides an invaluable asset to the Truckee Tahoe community and beyond, through their daily forecasts and motorized avalanche safety courses. As user numbers continue to grow, it is more important now than ever to increase backcountry awareness and these avalanche bulletins and safety courses that are free to the public have potential to reach a large number of people. Please continue to support this great program. Thank you, Kevin Starr Kevin Starr - 3/30/2021


 

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