AGENCIES SUBMITTING PRELIMINARY APPLICATIONS

We are now in the public comment period. The public review and comment period for the 2024 (G24) Grants and Cooperative Agreement Program began Tuesday, March 5, 2024, and ends at 5:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on Monday, May 6, 2024. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review and provide comments on the preliminary Applications submitted to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for consideration during the G24 Grant cycle.

“Public comment instruction,” link below, provides instructions on reviewing the preliminary Applications that have been submitted and the process of providing the comments electronically. Click on the “Public Comments” link below, to provide public comments.

Public Comment Instructions

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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 ask that you increase your request for labor funds to help cover all eleven law enforcement positions mentioned in the project narrative. Thank you. Justin Melchor - 3/29/2024


BLM Barstow manages a large off-highway motor vehicle recreation area, known as the Western Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP). Based on Friends of Jawbone maps (e.g., the Jawbone Canyon & BLM Ridgecrest Area map and the BLM Barstow, Big Bear, and Johnson Valley map) there are approximately 420 sections of private property that have at least one BLM-designated route; many sections of private property have more than one route. My comments focus on issues related to the use of private property for off-highway motor vehicle recreation. My first comment on the General Application Requirements document submitted by Barstow BLM is on point 7(b), "Prevention of OHV trespass." The application states that "The majority of OHV Opportunity area are patrolled at least 5 days per week." My own experience tells me that this is incorrect. I have probably spent more time in the area around Cuddeback Lake and Fremont Peak in the past 8 years than any other person. I saw SB County sheriff's deputies in the area in 2016 and again on March 30, 2018. I called the SB County sheriff's office regarding a break-in on my property and Deputy Keith came to my property on April 18, 2020 in response to my call. Those are the 3 times that I have seen deputies on or in the vicinity of my property in 8 years. I also encountered and spoke to BLM Ranger Melissa Brown on June 15, 2022 while she was patrolling along the boundary between the Ridgecrest and Barstow Field Office Districts on Butterfly Hill Road, about 4 miles from my property. I have never seen a BLM ranger from the Barstow Field Office in the vicinity of my property. Based on approximately 500 to 600 days in this area, 3 encounters with law enforcement seems inconsistent with the claim that "the majority of OHV Opportunity areas are patrolled at least 5 days per week." Although the proposal may not earn as many points if patrols have been inadequate in the past, that is contrary to the need. There is a significant unfulfilled need for enforcement in this area, and the fact that enforcement has been inadequate in the past should not prevent the deployment of resources to improve enforcement in the future. I still strongly support allocation of funds for patrols. My next comments are based on point 7(c), "Measures to prevent OHV trespass into neighboring properties and/or closed areas." The first comment for this section is based on the statement that "In some areas, there are boundary fences installed to delineate the OHV area and prevent unauthorized access." This may be true, but clearly there are not enough of these fences. I have made two written requests to the OHMVR Division for fences to protect riders in the immediate vicinity of my property and to protect me on my property. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has a mandatory duty, expressed in Public Resources Code §5075.3(i), which states in part that "[t]he department [of Parks and Recreation] shall erect fences along any trail when requested to do so by the owner of adjacent land." This should be done without delay because, as specified in California Government Code §815.6 "[w]here a public entity is under a mandatory duty imposed by an enactment that is designed to protect against the risk of a particular kind of injury, the public entity is liable for an injury of that kind proximately caused by its failure to discharge the duty unless the public entity establishes that it exercised reasonable diligence to discharge the duty." I do not see that the department has "exercised reasonable diligence to discharge the duty." Quite to the contrary, Department of Parks and Recreation Senior Counsel Kathryn Tobias, in personal communication to me responding to my request for fencing has stated to me that "I am not going to debate you on this subject. The Attorney General will handle any litigation for the Department of Parks and Recreation." This establishes a high burden for landowners. According to policy stated by DPR Senior Counsel Tobias, a landowner must successfully bring a lawsuit against the Department of Parks and Recreation in order to get the department to fulfill a duty mandated in statute (Cal. Gov. Code §5075.3(i)). This clearly contradicts the duty created by the statute: "[t]he department shall erect fences along any trail when requested to do so by the owner of adjacent land." My next comment, also in response to point 7(c), relates to the statement that "In order to prevent OHV trespass, free and publicly available brochures indicate that cross-country travel is not permitted in applicable areas." The wording on the brochures does not draw enough attention to this issue or emphasize the importance of compliance with the regulation (43 CFR 8341.1) or the statute (Cal. Penal Code 602(n)) adequately. BLM Barstow Field Manager Marc Stamer has suggested new signs at entrance areas, such as those at Fremont Peak Road and 395, and at Cuddeback Road and 395, to emphasize the points that (1) cross-country travel is not permitted in the Limited Use Areas, (2) the area is a checkerboard of private and public land, (3) many routes pass into and out of private property many times, and (4) riders have primary responsibility for their own safety when trespassing, as specified in Public Resources Code §5090.38. Field Manager Stamer suggested large format signs like the ones with the wording: "ATTENTION VEHICLES ON MARKED TRAILS ONLY LIMITED USE AREA". My suggested wording for the companion signs is: "Many routes traverse private property. Private property owners are not liable to trespassers. Cal. PRC 5090.38." This serves the interests of everyone involved. Riders need to know that they may encounter conditions that are unsuitable for off-highway vehicles when they trespass. Public entities that encourage the use of off-highway motor vehicles on private property do so at their own risk. For example, the BLM is not authorized by the Designation Criteria in 43 CFR 8342.1 to designate routes on private property, so the liability exposure is considerable. The OHMVR, like all state agencies, must follow the procedures in Article I, Section 19 of the California Constitution before it takes or damages private property for a public purpose. (This is true even if the OHMVR is not the lead agency, as stated in Arreola v. County of Monterey (2002) 99 Cal.App.4th 722: “A public entity is a proper defendant in an action for inverse condemnation if the entity substantially participated in the planning, approval, construction, or operation of a public project or improvement that proximately caused injury to private property. So long as the plaintiffs can show substantial participation, it is immaterial ‘which sovereign holds title or has the responsibility for operation of the project.’”) Not only have the BLM and the OHMVR not taken legal interest in the thousands of private properties designated for off-highway motor vehicle recreation in the WMRNP, neither agency can do so without the consent of the property owners, per Public Resources Code 5090.37. The fact that the entire program of off-highway motor vehicle recreation on private property lacks a sound legal basis creates serious liability exposure for the BLM and the OHMVR for accidents on private property. In these conditions, in which a federal agency and a state agency have created a dangerous condition through actions that have no legal justification, it would be helpful but not exculpatory for the agencies to provide clear warning of the danger associated with trespass on private property in the vicinity of off-highway motor vehicle routes that that have been designated by the agencies. Steven Gjerstad - 4/4/2024


The Eastern Sierra has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. This proposal should be funded. The proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance, repair and of level 2 roads on the in the area is essential for better resource management and provides a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The Winter of 2023 did a huge amount of damage to our area. As an individually has driven these roads for over 30 years, I endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


his request for funding should be approved. Bishop BLM area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Most of these folks access the forest by vehicle. Public compliance with all forest laws and regulations ensures that we will have a beautiful and healthy forest to enjoy for years to come. Enforcement needs all the help it can get to properly patrol an area this size and this remote. The contacts I have had with their officers in the field have been great. Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


I support this effort to maintain and enhance the OHV areas at Fort Sage and Rive Canyon. Thank you. Kevin C Sevier - 3/6/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This request for funding should be approved. Inyo National Forest has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Most of these folks access the forest by vehicle. Public compliance with all forest laws and regulations ensures that we will have a beautiful and healthy forest to enjoy for years to come. Enforcement needs all the help it can get to properly patrol an area this size and this remote. The contacts our members have had with their officers in the field have been positive. Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This request for funding should be approved. The Eastern Sierra has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Most of these folks access public lands by vehicle. Public compliance with all laws and regulations ensures that we will have beautiful and healthy public lands to enjoy for years to come. Enforcement needs all the help it can get to properly patrol an area this size and this remote. The contacts our members have had with their officers in the field have been positive. Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. Ground ops; The Eastern Sierra has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. This proposal should be funded. The proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance, repair and of dirt roads is essential for better resource management and provides a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The Winter of 2022/23 did a huge amount of damage to our area. As a group of concerned locals who have driven these roads for many years, we endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


I request that you add more labor funding to increase law enforcement patrols in Needles Field Office OHV area. Thank you. Justin Melchor - 3/29/2024


I request that you add more labor funding to increase law enforcement patrols in the Ridgecrest Field Office OHV area. Iliana Espinoza - 3/27/2024


Requesting funds are added more towards labor to increase law enforcement patrols in the Ridgecrest Field Office OHV area. Jovanna Troncoso - 3/27/2024


I would like to see more hours for law enforcement patrols of South Cow Mountain and Knoxville. BLM rangers also needs funding for more support services and removing dumped vehicles. I hate seeing all of the destroyed abandoned vehicles that get dumped at Indian valley and Knoxville. They become such eye sores and make the area less safe. Rick Schumacher - 4/5/2024


 

US FOREST SERVICE

 

This proposal should be funded. The Covid pandemic brought a lot of people to our area who had no idea how to properly recreate in a rural environment and many caused damage. Since then our area has experienced a huge increase in the number of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads and repair of damage is essential for better resource management. As an individual who has patrolled and driven these roads for over 30 years, I endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


This proposal should be funded. Our area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management and they provide a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The winter of 2023 did a huge amount of damage to many roads in our area and made many roads unsafe. There needs to be consistent maintenance and this grant will help. As an individual who has patrolled and driven these roads for over 30 years, I endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


The Inyo National Forest (INF) like other agencies has seen a significant increase in recreational users in the last 6 years, most of those users are new to outdoor recreation. As such the impacts are not linear as the time previous and neither can be the efforts to correct. This large influx of users, coupled with a large amount of novice users, has created significant impacts which must be addressed if our much loved outdoor recreation opportunities are to continue. This INF restoration grant should be implemented in full, with staff and resources, to start a long term effort to maintain, restore and educate (yet another program much needed) the ever increasing numbers of recreational users. The restoration grant would help mitigate the past and ongoing impacts so the maintenance aspects can be addressed. And likewise the maintenance aspects need to be addressed otherwise users will create bypasses around impacted areas. The issues are tied at the hip. I fully support the INF efforts in clearly identifying the issues, working with the community and volunteer organizations and making a change benefiting all users. Thank you for your consideration in this application. Michael Lueders - 4/11/2024


Full disclosure, I am directly involved with one of the non-profits mentioned in this grant and our non profit organization also has a GO grant application in this cycle. Having said that I believe I am uniquely qualified to make a statement in support of this grant as I clearly understand the need. The increase in both recreational users and new users needing guidance on sustainable recreation is taking it's toll on public lands. This goes for ALL recreational uses but I will focus on the motorized aspects. The increase in use comes at an unfortunate time when Inyo National Forest (INF) staffing levels are critically low. Our region is more so hampered by a lack of any housing, affordable or otherwise. The need for grant funding for ongoing operations to maintain existing recreational opportunities and protect our public natural resources is, bluntly, required. The INF has made a tremendous effort to tap into volunteers and non profits to help with the ongoing maintenance but much work is needed and without the funding and support we are all just a bunch of passionate recreational users standing around hoping to make a change. I not only fully endorse the INF efforts on this grant but I encourage the State to approve and fund it. Michael Lueders - 4/11/2024


Please support funding this Grant Proposal. As a Bishop resident and member of the Eastern Sierra 4 Wheel Drive Club, I have seen a large increase in the amount of traffic on our OHV roads and trails. Not everyone accessing our public lands utilizing these roads are experienced and use good judgement. Having roads in good condition helps keep not only the inexperience safe but all those recreating on our public lands safe. Proper monitoring, maintenance and repair of the roads and Forest is also essential for wild fire prevention or fighting. I urge you to fund this Grant. Thank you. Debby Hidalgo - 4/12/2024


Please support funding this Grant Proposal. As a Bishop resident and member of the Eastern Sierra 4 Wheel Drive Club, I have seen a large increase in the amount of traffic on our OHV roads and trails. Not everyone accessing our public lands utilizing these roads are experienced and use good judgement. Having roads in good condition helps keep not only the inexperience safe but all those recreating on our public lands safe. Proper monitoring, maintenance and repair of the roads and Forest is also essential for wild fire prevention or fighting. I urge you to fund this Grant. Thank you. Raul Hidalgo - 4/12/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This proposal should be funded. The Covid pandemic brought a lot of people to our area who had no idea how to properly recreate in a rural environment and many caused damage. Since then our area has experienced a huge increase in the number of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, restoration, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management. As a group of concerned locals who have driven these roads for many years, we endorse the much-needed restoration, maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This proposal should be funded. Our area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management and they provide a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The winter of 2022/23 did a huge amount of damage to many roads in our area and made many roads unsafe. There needs to be consistent maintenance and this grant will help. As a group of concerned locals who have driven these roads for many years, we endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


As an avid off road user, resident, and business owner in Bishop, this grant is much needed to support the maintenance and infrastructure of our beautiful forest and ohv trails. Jennifer Whitney - 4/16/2024


The INyo National Forest receives many visiotrs and a lot of wear and tear. The INyo needs this funding to support important restoration work on the forest. Jennifer Whitney - 4/16/2024


The INyo National Forest receives many visiotrs and a lot of wear and tear. The INyo needs this funding to support important restoration work on the forest. Jennifer Whitney - 4/16/2024


The INyo National Forest receives many visiotrs and a lot of wear and tear. The INyo needs this funding to support importaint restoration work on the forest. Jennifer Whitney - 4/16/2024


Dear USFS, Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment to the General Application Requirements. As a property owner with the Lott's Lake Association (LLA), I am intimately involved with the ongoing issue of trespass across USFS land and through LLA property. Offending drivers circumvent existing locked gates and ignore signage in an effort to avoid using trail 611. The area locally named 'The T' is heavily abused by folks going off trail. This has gotten much worse since the Dixie Fire. This area, below Pilot Rock, is where the Northern border of the LLA and Lassen NF intersect and is the Northern drainage into Lott's Lake. In an effort to stop the cheater trails around our gates and to stop the negative impact on the soil and flora in the area, we have dropped and strategically positioned trees adjacent to the gates on LLA property. Although this effort has shown to slow down the occurrence of trespass, drivers continue to find their way around, damaging the hillside with increasing tenacity. As a child I remember the area north of the T, which is now a gravel staging area, being a beautiful meadow. Thank you to the USFS for bringing in the gravel and making the area less of a mud pit. However, without intervention, the areas east and south of the T face the same destiny. The LLA would like to work together with the USFS in order to bring an end to the off trail abuse and restore this area. The installation of rock barriers would help greatly in allowing the area to return to nature. Respectfully submitted, Anthony "Tony" D'Ambrosio Anthony D'Ambrosio - 3/6/2024


March 6, 2024 Dear USFS, In response to your request for comments regarding the USFS Lassen National Forest Grant, we applaud the “Project Described for Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program 2024.” The “Project Description” on page 1 of Ground Operations is of particular interest. Specifically, the proposed increased law enforcement, which has been noticeably absent in past years. On page 8, under “Project Cost Estimates,” the stated desire to use native, on-site, materials to block and disguise unauthorized routes is a welcome solution. We encourage the use of large boulders, especially near the “T.” As private property owners in the High Lakes Area, we are concerned about the continual trespass around our Lotts Lake Association (LLA) gates. Most off-road users are now using the NEW 611 OHV Road. However, some OHV users refused to use the New 611 and chose to attempt to make unauthorized roads across USFS Property onto our property to bypass the New 611, creating erosion problems and damaging the watershed. Thank you for caring for our forests. Tony & Kathryn D’Ambrosio Tony & Kathryn D'Ambrosio - 3/6/2024


Hello, as a MTBr, Hiker and OHV user, I support this grant and feel it will positively impact the local economy, increase recreational use and keep the forests viable for future generations to enjoy. I support this grant, thanks Alan Walls Alan Walls - 3/7/2024


I have both cycled and hiked on some of the SBNF trails on San Jacinto and passed plenty of people enjoying all possible varieties of OHV usage. The trails are universally increasingly eroded and rutted. Culverts are becoming blocked or eroded. Signs are missing or down. Signboards are in desperate need of a refresh. Elsewhere, fences and barriers are lacking or in disrepair, and signs prohibiting off-trail access down or missing. Off-trail areas are becoming eroded with unofficial new 'trails' and vegetation damaged. This also leads to off-trail camping etc. In general, existing usage and access is becoming rapidly degraded, while off-trail usage is damaging the NF and increasing the risk of wildfire starts. I fully support this grant application as a matter of increasing urgency for maintaining easy and safe access to the NF and reducing wildfire risk. Andy Ridgwell - 3/12/2024


I am writing in full support of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center's (MSAC) grant proposal for OHMVR funding. As an avid backcountry skier and snowmobiler in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, I rely on the information provided by the MSAC on a daily basis. They help keep me, my friends, and other outdoor enthusiasts informed as to current dangers in the snowpack, along with their educational outreach programs which are super helpful in gaining additional knowledge about snowmobiling safety and responsibilities. The work that is done by MSAC thru this grant is truly invaluable as it encourages and educates the public about snow safety, promotes communication between motorized and non-motorized users of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and creates an informed platform where folks who love the outdoors can come together and share their passions. Let it snow, pbg Peter Burns Grossmann - 3/5/2024


I am in favor of the Sierra National Forest applying for this grant to construct an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) staging area on the Red Mountain OHV Area. We, the OHV community, and user groups have requested this for years now. We need OHV support facilities in this very popular area. Forest Service 8S10 is heavily used and leads many popular OHV trails. A staging area will provide a durable location for OHV users to unload and load equipment. The project will consist of building a new OHV staging area with 12 designated parking stalls, signage, a double-vault toilet structure, and installation of seven-day use picnic sites with tables, pedestal grills. This area has no parking and no toilets for the public. This is overdue. This project will alleviate the eyesore, traffic congestion and protect habitat in the immediate area and along the green sticker road to the site. Us OHV Volunteer groups will assist the SNF staff to construct much of the staging area and picnic facilities. We look forward to the approval of this grant to develop site features as described within the SNF project description. Michael McGarity - 4/11/2024


I'm a local user of SNF and observe the need for ground operations to repair, maintain, and upgrade the Forest for Multiple Use. Such maintenance helps to provide a more sustainable forest and enhanced user experience for visitors. The volunteer OHV community stands ready to do our part in maintaining the trail system we enjoy today so we and future users can enjoy it tomorrow, too. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on an important tool for managing the Forest experience. Don Laursen - 4/11/2024


I am in favor and support the Sierra National Forest (SNF) grant application for an OHV Ground Operations project that will include: survey & monitoring, road & trail maintenance, facilities operations & maintenance, & sign installation. I am an Off-roader and volunteer who has enjoyed accessing all the SNF roads and trails for many years. We must keep all OHV opportunities open for public access. Motorized recreational experiences range from challenging rock crawling to dirt roads. Many of us volunteers belong to local Clubs who have the Adopt-A-Trail for nearly 2,024 miles of roads open to all vehicles, including non-highway green/red sticker vehicles, & 209 acres of designated areas open for recreational motor vehicle use or as a staging area for access to dispersed recreation opportunities. We cannot do this work without the support of the OHMVR Grants. We also help with the SNF winter program. There are 72,800 acres open to cross-country travel & 234 miles of snowmobile trails. These winter trails range from easy to most difficult. The public and volunteers access amazing vistas of the San Joaquin Valley, lakes & snowcapped ridges. Please award SNF with this ground operations grant. Michael McGarity - 4/11/2024


I would support the Sierra National Forest in a grant to correct their current MVUM. The Motorized Vehicle Use Map is not accurate. It does not align with the ROD, Record of Decision created through Travel Management. I want to see a major discrepancy corrected which has Rock Creek Road (9S09) with inaccurate season of use dates. The dates are not consistent with the ROD; therefore causing confusion among not just the SNF personnel themselves, but the OHV community. The MVUM season of use dates changed without any public notice. This must be corrected. Thank you. Michael McGarity - 4/11/2024


I am in support for funding the grant for the Red Mountain system in the Side to National Forest.. It would be a huge help with our community and make it more accessible for handicapped and disabled persons like myself. Thank You. Johnathan Black V.P. 559YOTAS Disabled Army Combat Veteran John Black - 4/11/2024


I support this grant application to construct an OHV staging area to alleviate congestion and organize parking in the access area to the Red Mountain Trail System. This is a good plan to protect the area and provide a parking and unloading area enhanced with a pit toilet and day use area. Steve Egbert - 4/15/2024


I support the expansion of the china wall area. This will provide greater access and less congestions for the user groups. Alan Alan Walls - 3/7/2024


I support the reroutes for trail 5 and 6. This will help the trail long term. Alan Walls Alan Walls - 3/7/2024


I support this grant for ground operations in the TNF. I do volunteer trail work in the TNF and this helps MTB, Hikers, Moto and many other groups. Thanks, Alan Alan Walls - 3/7/2024


The Tahoe National Forest has a total requested amount of $3,852,155. This is excessive for one agency to be funding this large about when OHV dollars are slim across the state. There should be a cap on the total amount one agency can request. This is a Federal agency getting out state tax dollars to do a federal job. Vickie Sanders - 3/11/2024


To Whom it may Concern Following are my comments and concerns on a grant submitted by Tahoe National Forest for a project they are calling the Rubicon Reroute. As I write these comments, on March 10, 2024, a video has been released by RTF explaining the project. They have also a scheduled questions and answer session on Wednesday March 13, 2024. This does not seem appropriate for your proposed contractor to be having public meetings while the grant is under public comment. Whereas the trail needs improvements I feel you have not fully vetted the project with the public and private property owners, regarding design and the public’s rights. My understanding was that there was going to be a record of decision and did not require a full NEPA document. But I have not seen it. I do not know the details as to how a nonprofit will install a road. From the video the President of RTF states that the Forest Service came to them and said we build dirt roads if you want to build a 4-wheel drive trail you can do it? Seems strange. Sincerely, Vickie Sanders, Retired El Dorado County Parks Manager Project Description: This project had a previous grant for planning with El Dorado County that was not fulfilled. El Dorado County did their best to work with the Forest Service on an agreement. There was once an agreement in place for the Forest Service to do the work and the County to reimburse about $25,000. But this did not happen, and the grant was returned without an expense and unfulfilled. It was never provided to El Dorado County as requested. This was the first piece of the planning process. Where is the environmental document for this project? Where is it documented that the RS2477 will be maintained for the bypasses that will be re-routed around? These areas should not be abandoned or closed. There can be alternates but the original trail should remain. The public should give up no rights to the original trail. If the environmental document is complete where is the trail design? A bypass was installed a few years ago around a wet area that had no design or plan, and it did not hold up. So where is the construction documented for these bypasses. If there is a bottomless arch proposed there must be a design. Why is it not included with a map of the proposed bypasses? In the project description it stated that “the Rubicon Trail evolved through historical use, the route was never designed or engineered to accommodate the thousands of modern off-highway and four-wheel drive vehicles that traverse the trail annually. As a result of the route popularity, trail conditions have deteriorated in some locations. In other locations, erosion and sediment are threatening sensitive ecological resources as a result of the increased vehicle traffic.”. The trail existed before the forest service so yes it has existed because of historical use, it was there before the sensitive ecological resources were identified by the Forest Service. What are you doing to protect the trail and the original route as it was there first? It must be preserved for the use it was intended for, as it was there before the resources were identified. The environmental document should have identified that as a historical use that should be preserved. How is it addressed? List of Project Deliverables Staff: 1. Development Activities: How are you addressing the original trail to preserve the RS 2477 designation? This should not be abandoned and if it needs to be protected this needs to be done before any project is developed further. 2. Where is the NEPA document? 3. A design must have been developed if you are proposing a bottomless arch culvert. Where is the design that is stamped by a Forest Engineer? 4. Again, where is the design? 5. Where are you putting barriers? There must be a design. Are they installed to direct traffic and not to abandon the original trail? 6. Road 03-04 is that Barker Pass Trail? That you will be bringing 10-wheel dump trucks down? How the proposed project relates to OHV Recreation and will add to, enhance or otherwise sustain OHV Recreation? How will it protect OHV recreation? If the trail does not hold up or has any issues the Forest Service will close it or gate it. The public will then have the right to use the original trail, correct? This will protect OHV recreation. Closing the original trail and giving opportunities to the Forest Service for closure will not protect OHV recreation and will create huge traffic issues on the El Dorado side of the trail. Cost estimate: Staff: It appears three Forest Service staff members will be needed to work with volunteers. This seems excessive. It is also confusing because you propose a contract with Rubicon Trail Foundation to install and work with volunteers so are you not paying them to do that? It appears there will be a Program Manager, OHV trail lead, OHV trails co-lead, Trails Program Manager, Road engineer, hydrologist, heritage program manager, public service officer and a District Wildlife Biologist on this project. This appears to have excessive oversite. Whereas I can understand the specialists I would assume they have already been involved in the design? Understanding that they may be needed on site if an issue arises. It sounds like this re-route will be done as they go with no plan in mind? Which it seems like you are putting the cart before the horse so to speak. If you do not have a design that has been engineered and RS2477 in place this project is not ready to move forward. Contracts: What is the bidding process used to select this vendor? Was there a competitive process and how did the vendor meet the qualifications? Just being a 4-wheel drive enthusiast does not provide the requirements to create a new reroute that will sustain OHV use and hold up to the use for years to come. The Tahoe National Forest had issues contracting with El Dorado County, so I am confused as to how you would contract with a non-profit organization that does not have the qualifications to install a road or install a bottomless arch. I am sure they will find contractors who will handle the work but how will that be competitively bid? Soil Conservation: Where is the environmental document? Evaluation Criteria #3. 1. Will the original trail with RS2477be closed? 2. How do you get points for a restroom used by the contractor during the construction? It will not be for the users. 3. Sounds like you are closing the original trail with no guarantee or public rights of way on the bypass therefore how is this preserve the public’s rights of way on this trail? #5. Where is this document located? #8. How will this sustain OHV recreation with the possibility of gates or seasonal closure if the route does not hold up or the Forest Service deems it too wet to pass? #9. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is not OHV Recreation? #10. 1. Where was the notice published? There was an email list of private property owners that did not receive notice of this meeting. 2. Did RTF notice that this would be discussed at their regular meeting? They are not a stakeholder they are a vendor as you are proposing to contract with them. How can you plan a project then be the contractor and make money on the project? 3. FOTR and RTF are one in the same. They have the same website, FOTR reports monthly to RTF and FOTR takes direction from RTF. They are the same. The volunteer group FOTR just has a different acronym. 11. RTF & FOTR are the same organization. They can’t be partnering organizations and a paid contractor on this grant. There is no separation here. You can’t be everything. 13. Traffic-Rubicon is important and has nothing to do with Fordyce. Both trails are important on their own. Wildlife- It states that this project will “remove a 200-foot flooded section of the trail” this is closing the original trail with the RS2477 rights. Vickie Sanders - 3/11/2024


Dear CA State Parks, I would like to make a public comment about the grant application from the USFS Tahoe National Forest / Rubicon Reroute grant request. Mark A. Smith Off-Roading, Inc. / Jeep Jamboree USA categorically disapproves of the application for grant by the USFS Tahoe National Forest request for funding to create a reroute of the Rubicon Trail. We ask that you decline to fund any grant request that would support a reroute of the Rubicon Trail. Our reasons for this request are as follows:
• The USFS Tahoe National Forest / Rubicon Trail Foundation have not made any of their closed meeting’s public until very recently.
• The reroute has the potential of removing the Rubicon Trail’s RS-2477 designation.
• This reroute will put Tahoe National Forest in control over this section of the trail (according to TNF).
• Placer County, which has jurisdictional authority over this section of the Rubicon Trail has NOT formally abandoned their rights to the trail. They have been left out of the discussion from USFS Tahoe National Forest & Rubicon Trail Foundation.
• The USFS Tahoe National Forest is operating as they have sole discretion over what happens over this section of the trail – this is NOT true.
• None of the property owners who own utilize the trail on the Placer County side as our primary access route have been consulted or informed of this reroute. This will have serious private property rights violations.
• There is NO imminent threat to this section of the trail collapsing or causing safety concerns for users of the Rubicon Trail.
Sincerely, Pearse Umlauf Jeep Jamboree USA Mark A. Smith Off-Roading, Inc. Pearse Umlauf - 3/17/2024


The Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF)is a 501{c} 3 educational charity whose mission is to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail while ensuring responsible year around trail access. We are pleased to participate in the execution and funding of this grant. We have worked extensively with the Tahoe National Forest to plan and execute the project. We believe the project will make the Rubicon Trail more secure and will add value and recreational opportunities. Motorized recreation on the trail has been occurring since the early 1900’s, so planning efforts during construction of the trail have been minimal. This is an opportunity to plan and execute a portion of the trail that will be environmentally sound, long lasting, and provide OHV opportunity and challenge while encouraging all users to enjoy the trail and its surroundings. At the same time it will secure a portion of trail that is currently at risk of collapse. We are in support of this grant. Ken Hower President Rubicon Trail Foundation Ken Hower - 4/13/2024


 

US FOREST SERVICE PATROL DISTRICTS

his request for funding should be approved. Inyo National Forest has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Most of these folks access the forest by vehicle. Public compliance with all forest laws and regulations ensures that we will have a beautiful and healthy forest to enjoy for years to come. Enforcement needs all the help it can get to properly patrol an area this size and this remote. The contacts I have had with their officers in the field have been great. Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


 

CITIES

COUNTIES

I strongly encourage and support the proposed grant application by the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office. I have had many positive contacts with the SO in the OHV area over the years and have found them to be extremely pleasant and helpfull, both to myself and to others who's interaction I have witnessed. Many Thanks, Mike Borean Mike Borean - 3/6/2024


This grant application is very important to the county and to the trail. Buck Island is in need of additional rock and trail delineation in this area. This is the only way to get the rock to this remote location. I hope this grant is fully funded. Vickie Sanders - 3/29/2024


The Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF)is a 501{c} 3 educational charity whose mission is to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail while ensuring responsible year around trail access. We have encouraged and supported the El Dorado County Sheriffs Office (EDSO) providing patrols on the Rubicon Trail for many years. They have done an excellent job enforcing, working with the community, and helping to keep the trail safe and environmentally sound. We are specifically in support of the EDSO’s grant request for a Jeep vehicle to replace their 2007 patrol vehicle as it has many trail miles on it and has become unreliable. The foundation (RTF) has communicated with the EDSO on this project and pledged our support financially (for matching funds as necessary) and to assist within the community and with vendors to outfit and equip the new vehicle. We are in support of this grant. Ken Hower President Rubicon trail Foundation Ken Hower - 4/13/2024


This request for funding should be approved. Inyo and Mono counties have experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate here and that trend it is going to continue. Most of these folks access the area by vehicle. Public compliance with all resource laws and regulations ensures that we will have a beautiful and healthy area to enjoy for years to come. ICSO has had an effective OHV patrol for years, funded by these grants, and that should continue. Enforcement needs all the help it can get to properly patrol an area of this size and that is this remote. The contacts I have had with their officers in the field have been great. Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


I would like to offer my full support to this grant request. My wife and I often hike and ride horses on the trails in the San Francisquito Canyon area and along the Santa Clara River in the northern Santa Clarita Valley. There have been several times in the last year where we have not risked taking our horses out in the area due to the large number of off-road vehicles driving in the wash. When we first started riding our horse in the area back in 2014 we would occasionally come across a motorcyclist in the wash and at times they would even be courteous to the equestrian riders by turning off their vehicles until we passed on the trail. Over the last few years as the area has developed further the off-road vehicle drivers have become much more aggressive and have even ridden on to private horse property next to an arena while equestrian lessons have been taking place, spooking the horses and riders. There has also been a proliferation of e-bikes in the wash and on the trails, the type that travel at more than 25mph and resemble a small motorcycle as opposed to a bicycle. They are often ridden by inexperienced riders who have no regard for anyone else on the trail. While they may be allowed in the area, they need to be aware that there are equestrians in the area and ride responsibly. The danger to the equestrian community is that they have a greater chance of spooking a horse and having the rider be thrown, as they come up on the horses at a high rate of speed and startle the horses as they cannot hear them coming. Please approve this grant as soon as time permits. We could tell within just a few short weeks when the last grant expired and the area was no longer being monitored. Michael DeValue - 3/6/2024


I am writing to give my support for the OHV Grant. This is a necessary form of patrol, especially in our rural communities. The towns of Acton and Agua Dulce are hot spots for OHV trespassing on private land and tearing up dirt roads that are maintained and used by residents. They speed excessively through neighborhoods, spook horses with riders and bully walkers, runners, and children on bicycles who have to get our of the way or chance being injured. Reality is someone is going to get killed because of them. We have put up fences, they knock it down. We put up barriers and they make new trails by going around. We put up signs, they tear them down. They are rude and disrespectful. And they cost us a lot of money. We have spoken with our resident Deputy and there is nothing he can do to help us with the speed, he can not give chase and since most of it happens on private dirt roads and property, he is at a loss of what he can do. Even with the thought that we would not be held liable for a OHV going into our windshield because of their recklessness and speed. We will be forever damaged because of being involved in an accident that hurt or even killed another human or be dealing with the legal system into infinity because the family wanting to cause emotional or financial harm to ease their loss. Even with the OHV site of Rower Flats, these vehicles still victimize tax payers who own and maintain land in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The OHV Patrol is our only source to help innocent taxpayers stop OHV from trespassing on our properties. In closing, YES, I support the OHV Grant! Respectfully, Cindy Grimes Agua Dulce, CA Cindy Grimes - 3/14/2024


I am in complete support for this important element of law enforcement that allows law the LA Co. Sherriff Dept. to patrol and maintain the use of trails in the Santa Clarita riverbeds and hills. During the previous period of the grants, safety for equestrians was greatly improved due to the monitoring of Sherrif personnel allowing the proper use by walkers, joggers, dog walkers, bike riders (non-motorized e-bikes), and equestrians. The beauty of the wash and hills was not destroyed by dirt bikes and trucks cutting through fields and roads. Within days of the grant ending, trucks were driving at street speeds (45-60 mph) making some trails too dangerous to risk riding on. Groups of dirt bike riders from 2 to over 15 , at times, made riding horses and simply walking trails dangerous due to the fact that trucks and dirt bikes were racing and moving at such high speeds. Although e-bikes may not be categorized as “motorized vehicles”, their speed is not the same as a regular person riding a bike. Most of the e-bike riders are teens and pre-teens and are not aware of their surroundings or road rules, often riding headlong into equestrians. This has occurred twice to me and although my horse is a seasoned trail horse, having a swiftly moving (silent) vehicle rounding a corner on a trail designed for a single runner or rider made for a somewhat dangerous encounter. I enjoy sharing this beautiful outdoor space with others who are not destroying the trails and environment. I think there should be space for motorized vehicle experiences, separate from non-motorized vehicles. I’m grateful that this grant can continue to keep trails set aside a safe space, and law enforcement protection to protect non-motorized use for those of us who wish to enjoy the trails. The last years have demonstrated the efficacy of the LA County Sherriff Dept. Off Road Task Force’s efforts. Virginia DeValue - 3/23/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This request for funding should be approved. The Eastern Sierra has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Most of these folks access the forest by vehicle. Public compliance with all laws and regulations ensures that we will have beautiful and healthy public lands to enjoy for years to come. Enforcement needs all the help it can get to properly patrol an area this size and this remote. The contacts our members have had with their officers in the field have been positive. Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


I am grateful that the NCSD continues to support patrol and law enforcement in the Knoxville OHV recreation area. I live and work at the intersection of Napa/Lake/Yolo counties, and the remoteness of the location tends to attract some people who are looking for areas where reckless or illegal activity can be engaged in. The presence of the NCSD officers in the area is invaluable, and it is important that they have the equipment, training, and PPE to conduct their activities in a professional manner. Without the OHV team patrolling the KRA, there would be an increased safety and security risk to residents of the area and law abiding citizens using the nearby public lands. Thank you for supporting the NCSC's application. Catherine Koehler - 3/23/2024


I fully support this grant application. Providing these funds will help maintain sustainable trails and minimize impacts use-trails around obstacles on routes. Please approve this grant. Thank you! Maia Averett - 3/7/2024


Please continue to build new trails in Plumas County. Thanks! Jim Dallas - 3/7/2024


I write in full support of the Claremont Phase 1 Development project. This trail system would be an incredible addition to the local region, its citizens, and the economy. We have seen the positive impacts of the Mt. Hough Trail System development, and I believe the development of trails on Claremont would only contribute to the vibrancy of Quincy and the surrounding communities in a similar fashion. These additional trails would bring in folks from outside of our county, which brings dollars to local businesses. In addition, it would provide more recreation opportunities for our local citizens, which equates to healthier and happier lives. I am a regular trail user and it is very important to me that these trails be developed. Please fund this grant and support our local trail system, citizens, and economy. Kyle Stone - 3/8/2024


I write in full support of the PNF Ground Operations project. The Mt. Hough Trail System and other trails included in this project are critical to the health and vibrancy of Quincy and the surrounding communities. These trails bring in folks from outside of our county, which brings dollars to local businesses. They're also an incredible recreation outlet for our local citizens. I am a regular trail user and it is very important to me that these trails are maintained. Proper maintenance will keep users safe and on trails, and alleviate watershed impacts. Please fund this grant and support our local trail system, citizens, and economy. Kyle Stone - 3/8/2024


To whom it may concern: I fully support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's(SBTS) CA-OHV application for the Plumas County trail system grant. With an approved grant. SBTS can continue to support and create recreation opportunities for visitors and locals, local employment, sustainable trail system that requires less maintenance and keep trails open, safe all the while protecting the watershed. Please award SBTS this grant. Thank you, Martin Scheel Martin Scheel - 3/11/2024


As a Quincy resident, hiker, trail runner, and mountain biker, I appreciate the work SBTS puts into our local trails. Trail access and construction is an essential part of the economic future of Plumas County. Graham Archer - 3/11/2024


The trail systems in and around Downieville are super important to myself and so many like minded nature lovers. They also spur so much economic benefit in areas around these trails as they are a nationwide destination. Toby Schultz - 3/22/2024


This grant will empower local communities to actively participate in trail stewardship. Community-led events, volunteer workdays, and citizen science projects foster a sense of ownership and pride in maintaining trails. As a resident of Plumas County, these trail networks directly impact the economy for residents in Plumas County. Paul Jauregui - 3/23/2024


This grant will empower local communities to actively participate in trail stewardship. Community-led events, volunteer workdays, and citizen science projects foster a sense of ownership and pride in maintaining trails. As a resident of Plumas County, these trail networks directly impact the economy for residents in Plumas County. Paul Jauregui - 3/23/2024


This grant will empower local communities to actively participate in trail stewardship. Community-led events, volunteer workdays, and citizen science projects foster a sense of ownership and pride in maintaining trails. As a resident of Plumas County, these trail networks directly impact the economy for residents in Plumas County. Paul Jauregui - 3/23/2024


Myself and friends use the hiking trails in south park, Claremont, and others surrounding the Quincy area extensively year round. These trails provide the exercise and natural beauty to promote our physical and mental health on a daily basis. The development and maintenance of these trails are greatly appreciated. More trails that are within walking distance of east Quincy and/or on the sunny, south slopes accessible in the winter are especially useful. Walking/bicycle paths within the community along hwy 70, Lee road, Quincy jct, and Chandler roads would increase access and safety. Future projects would be very useful and appreciated. Paul Stancheff - 3/25/2024


Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a mountain biking club.They are trying to use public funds to build mountain biking trails for their mountain biking clients. Any trails built must be designed for all users, not just one user. These are multiple use trails, are they not? Why are these trails being funded by OHV department of CA? Are these contemplated trails being built just for moto and mountain bikers? I am opposed to ay such trail development on our public lands. Lane P. Labbe' - 4/4/2024


If any of these trails do not meet the design criteria for multiple use as defined by the Forest Service Trails Division, then they must be re-designed to make them safe for equestrian and pedestrian users. After all, these are multiple use trails. These are our public lands and the laws requires that multiple use trails meet certain design criteria. It there is no re-design element of these existing trails, then I am opposed. Lane P. Labbe' - 4/4/2024


Frank Raines is a family favorite and needs the extra support to maintain its trails and facilities. This grant will be crucial for the future of this park that is loved by many. Jiana Escobar - 3/26/2024


Frank Raines OHV Park is a unique park that not only provides recreation to OHV but also has extensive camping facilities. This makes it extremely popular among families throughout CA. This park must receive grant money to restore the park after severe weather damage. Trevor Moore - 3/26/2024


 

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 

I support this grant application. This area in question is a very important area for public recreation steeped in local history. This group is dedicated to Open access to all users, and it is inherently dependent on OHV access, not only for OHV activities, rather, it allows so many more user groups to access the area as well. One strong point in their language is "Education", education is key to building stewardship among users. The various opportunities to educating people in proper stewardship are through contact as mentioned, this outreach goes very far for teaching people what they may not know. Outreach to schools, teaching kids about the environment and how to care for it while they enjoy their time out on the trails, laying a foundation that later will reinforce their understanding of stewardship. Maps help a lot to give direction not only where to go, but where not to go. And kiosks with a big map with information on the area which include some history and information needed to recreate safely and to be considerate of others and the environment. I believe this effort is a good model for a stewardship in promoting proper use of public lands and a good partnership to ensure open access. Previous grants from this group have been very successful in educating and giving direction to users. Glenn Clark - 3/8/2024


We need winter grooming on a regular basis based on not only amount of snowfall it needs to be groomed based on use. If there is adequate snow trails should be groomed on a regular basis and not just when users complain. We also need enough money for qualified groomer drivers that know how to smooth trails and not just roll over them leaving bumpy unridable terrain. Lastly grooming should continue through April if deep enough snow permits. Sincerely, Bob Meichtry 818-389-1523 Bob Meichtry - 3/11/2024


We need winter Law Enforcement to patrol the trails and issue tickets to wheeled vehicle violators that are tearing up the trail system. We also need winter grooming on a regular basis based on not only amount of snowfall it needs to be groomed based on use. If there is adequate snow trails should be groomed on a regular basis and not just when users complain. We also need enough money for qualified groomer drivers that know how to smooth trails and not just roll over them leaving bumpy unridable terrain. Lastly grooming should continue through April if deep enough snow permits. Sincerely, Bob Meichtry 818-389-1523 Bob Meichtry - 3/11/2024


As the elected County Supervisor for this location, I fully support this application and wish to convey how effective Adventure Trails of the Eastern Sierra has been in working with numerous organizations to further the recreational opportunities for visitors and locals alike. ATES has a long record of mobilizing numerous volunteer groups to maintain roads, trails, repair damages and educate OHV users. Adventure Trails of the Eastern Sierra has worked successfully with the US Forest Service on route maintenance and access particularly given that the Inyo National Forest, with more than 2 million acres of land to manage, simply does not have the staff or capacity to maintain roads and trails as needed accommodate the public. ATES has also worked effectively with Inyo County on developing signage, maps, proper use and camping methods as well as interpretive information. This effort has led to disseminating information through local visitor centers which in turn is very effective in educating our visitors. This is critical to a tourism-based economy such as ours. This proven organization of effective volunteers with decades of experience in maintenance, equipment use and training is a needed resource for the Coyote area. Coyote is a tremendous public lands asset with a long history of recreational use that needs dedicated resources. Adventure Trails of the Eastern Sierra is just the organization to provide that resource. Thank you, Jen Roeser Inyo County Supervisor, District 4 760-878-8609 Jen Roeser - 3/24/2024


This project should be funded. Coyote Flats is a major recreation area that attracts many visitors every year. The road is steep , with many sharp turns and subject to a high level of erosion that can make it nearly impassable to anything but the most capable of HOV’s. It has been closed many times in the last few years because, approprately, local authories deemed it too dangerous. Maintaining the road so that Coyote Flats can be accessed by reasonably equipped HOV’s is vital. This project enables local support to the BLM, INF and Inyo County s efforts to maintain access that benefits everyone in the Owens Valley. John Shepherd - 3/30/2024


Hello, i have lived in the eastern sierra for over 30 years and recreated responsibly thruout that time. I served on the Inyo nf Travel mgmnt team designating the Forest rds and have traveled most all of them. I have watched the Inyo nf engineering dept shrink over the years until it is barely able to maintain its main roads, let alone the lesser class rds. The Coyote flats area draws many tourists to the area because of its remoteness and beauty and 4x4 accessibility. The Adventure trails program can help the Forest reliably maintain access to this important economic generator that benefits all local businesses. Local jeepers are eager to help as well. Thank you for your consideration of this important grant request. The Coyote Flats area is a huge economic generator for the area and reliable access to it will keep tourists including it in their plans Greg Weirick - 3/30/2024


This proposal should be funded. The Coyote area is a OHV gem in the Eastern Sierra. Our area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management and they provide a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The winter of 2023 did a huge amount of damage to many roads in our area and made the Coyote road unsafe, to the point it was closed by Inyo National Forest. INF did not have the resources to repair the damage, so volunteer groups got together to fix the damage and reopen the road. Now there needs to be consistent maintenance and Adventure Trails is going to make that happen. As an individual who has patrolled and driven these roads for over 30 years, I endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


This proposal should be funded. As a resident of Bishop and member of the ES4WD Club, I have witnessed a huge increase in the number of people who recreate in the Coyote Flats area. Last year's weather did a lot of damage to the roads and access in some areas is unsafe. For the continued enjoyment and safety of the OHV visitors it is essential for the roads to be repaired and maintained. Please support the funding of the Grant. Thank you. Debby Hidalgo - 4/12/2024


This proposal should be funded. As a resident of Bishop and member of the ES4WD Club, I have witnessed a huge increase in the number of people who recreate in the Coyote Flats area. Last year's weather did a lot of damage to the roads and access in some areas is unsafe. For the continued enjoyment and safety of the OHV visitors it is essential for the roads to be repaired and maintained. Please support the funding of the Grant. Thank you. Raul Hidalgo - 4/12/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This grant request should be funded. Our area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management and they provide a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The Coyote area is a OHV gem in the Eastern Sierra. The storms of 2022/23 did a huge amount of damage to many roads in our area and made the Coyote road unsafe, to the point it was closed by Inyo National Forest. INF did not have the resources to repair the damage, so volunteer groups got together to fix the damage and reopen the road. Now there needs to do consistent maintenance and Adventure Trails is going to make that happen. As a group of concerned locals who have driven these roads for many years, we endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


We are a part of the Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club and we use the many trails at our disposal. One of our favorites is the Coyote Flats often. Since we access it throughout the year we will try our best to keep it accesible despite the times where weather or people who damage the trail. Our county has beautiful areas to see and have adventures but if they are not maintained we all lose out. We will go with other members of our group our last time being on March 23rd for about a four hour period. Joanna Diener - 4/13/2024


I / we have been enjoying the Coyote Valley area since the late 60's using two wheel and four wheel to access this area. The Coyote Valley road in recent years has seen considerable damage due to heavy rain and snowfall making impassible at times. Thanks to private citizens in recent times the road has been made safe and passable. It would be beneficial to implement a annual or semi-annual maintenance program as this road provides access for vehicles driven or ridden by all age groups. This also gives access this area for persons with physical impairments or challenges. This is a beautiful area that should be enjoyed by all for scenic, hunting, fishing and camping uses. By awarding a grant to the ATS it would give the actual citizens that use this area and understand what it requires to maintain it. Coyote is one of the few vehicle accessible gems of the Sierras, lets keep it open! On another note a little farther north is the Sand Canyon access road to Wheeler Ridge. It too has been closed due to heavy winters runoff. This road also gives path to breathtaking views of the Rock Creek Canyon and Mountain top views down to the Round Valley. This is another area that would benefit from an annual maintenance program. This would provide recreation for Campers, hikers, hunters, 4x4's, motorcycles and site-seers. Thank you for considering and reviewing these comments, Dennis Vetter Dennis Vetter - 4/17/2024


Please fund this grant for Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center- they provide a valuable and life saving resource. Tim Goodrich - 3/25/2024


Please fund this grant for Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center- they provide a valuable and life saving resource. Tim Goodrich - 3/25/2024


I have lived in Mono County and skied in the Eastern Sierra backcountry since 1983. As noted in this application, snowmobile use has increased exponentially since then. Snowmobilers are not only using these machines as their form of recreation, but many are ridden by skiers and snowboarders using them to quickly access the backcountry. As mentioned in this application, avalanches involving snowmobiles are often fatal because of the weight these machines place on the snow slope. I would also like to add that they are often using terrain already populated with backcountry skiers and boarders. I am very concerned that as a group, many users do not have sufficient avalanche training. Consequently, I believe that the educational outreach proposed in this grant will prevent injury to snowmobilers AND the other people recreating in the vicinity. The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center is a highly regarded, professional organization that many backcountry users rely on to help them make informed decisions before heading out on tours. They are more than capable of doing the reach-out and tailoring of curriculum to meet the needs of the OHV community. I encourage you to fund this grant as written. Thank you. Jeanne Oakeshott - 4/1/2024


The FOBAC is instrumental in maintaining an avalanche forecast for motorized users of the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. In the winter, because of the very long approach over snow, that area is realistically only accessible to motorized users, and there's significant exposure to avalanche terrain. Besides the avalanche forecast, users would benefit greatly from formal avalanche training. Several avalanche accidents have occured recently in the US involving motorized users without formal training, and without avalanche rescue gear or the knowledge to use it. This project proposed by the FOBAC could literally save lives. Travis Feist - 3/30/2024


The RoughWheelers Off Road Club has noticed numerous issues with metal fencing being loosened and/or cut and recommend provisions be added to the proposal to allow for the purchase of a welder and associated supplies. Such an addition would allow the Trail crew to reenforce sections of cable fencing that are being regularly loosened by people wishing to circumvent the designated entrance to access the lake bed when it is closed. Such intrusions are causing significant damage to the surface of the lakebed. Nathan Asdourian - 3/13/2024


Please also include a portable welder to weld closed the cable ends that circumvent the OHV area. It seems the cable ends are consistently being removed so some folks can gain free access to the site. Robert Ettleman - 3/27/2024


Based on actual quotes from Zoll the amount entered for 2 defibrillators is too low. The price for two defibrillators together with the batteries and pads necessary to make them functional is closer to $8,500. While hand-held portable radios are essential for off highway trail monitoring and rescues, you also need to have a higher wattage mobile radio installed on the Polaris side-by-side. This is critical when working on remote routes when the lower wattage portables cannot "hit the repeater"! Christopher Donnelly - 3/9/2024


My family and I are long time year round users of cabins at Huntington Lake. The Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Department does great work supporting OHV recreation in the High Sierra Off-Highway routes all year around. In reviewing their application for equipment, I went on line to check the cost of defibrillators and believe the requested amount is too low. The cost of two defibrillators should be closer to $9,000. We so appreciate your support of the Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Phyllis Thomas Phyllis G. Thomas - 3/21/2024


Outdoor recreation is a proven economic stimulator throughout the country and especially in this part of Northern California. Any support, access to or promotion of outdoor recreation is and will continue to be an appropriate use of government/public funds. This maintenance project is essential to the area as it provides use of existing infrastructure and allows appropriate access to the area. The Lassen Land and Trail Trust is a trusted entity with a proven track record of producing quality results in the public interest. Any opposition to the project is unsubstantiated, shortsighted and inappropriate. It has been proven that outdoor recreation, motorized and non-motorized, has occurred in the area prior to any official designations. Any argument that suggests that providing access to this public land will have any negative effects is unfounded, as the public has already accessed and is intent on using the land. This project is aimed at providing equal and reliable access to all land users, and ensuring proper public safety through signage and trail maintenance. Vast open natural spaces are one of the most valuable resources in the area, controlled, safe, reliable public access is the best way to protect this resource from misuse and ensure economic success of the surrounding communities. I urge that this project is funded, and let the public recreate! christopher j atkinson - 3/9/2024


Hi I'm very excited about this rail trail and am a regular user of the bizz johnson trail, which is a true gem. I fully support the enhancements and maintenance. I am disappointed that motorized vehicles are authorized, however. In my experience, few will abide the 25 mph speed limit, and the manner in which they are typically driven (always burning out etc.) they cause significant trail damage, ruts, and degradation of the surface. Adiitionally the noise is a stressor for wildlife and people alike. I would advocate for not allowing motorized vehicle usage thank you. Jon Miller - 4/11/2024


This program is amazing. I've lost 3 friends to avalanches and I think everyone who is out in the snow should consider taking a class. We get deep snow in Tahoe and being smart is important. Keep it up! Sean Regan - 3/30/2024


Could not have taken a better avalanche awareness course. Great instruction by passionate teachers and most importantly, it quickly became evident that I had been riding into very unsafe areas before taking the course. Hands down the best thing I could have done to ensure the safety of the people I care the most about while on the snow. I can honestly say these courses saved my life and the ones I ride with. jeb v durgin - 4/1/2024


I took a motorized snowmobile course from the Sierra Avalanche Center this season. The information that I learned was priceless. I was very mis-informed before the class in thinking that my old and outdated beacon and my avalanche pack made me safe from an avalanche. I feel much more prepared in making good decisions for myself and my group now. I also feel confident that I could save a life if in that situation now. I thank you so very much for the class and hope that you will continue offering in the future so more people can learn and benefit from the program. Melissa Wagner - 4/1/2024


Sierra Avalanche Center provides a vital resource for us back country snowmobilers so that we can mitigate our exposure to current avalanche risks. The training that I received helped me tremendously in understanding avalanche forecasts, proper group management, and observing signs of instability. The effort from their team in creating avalanche forecasts helps guide all back country tourers so that we can make informed choices about our traveling routes for the day. I fully support their mission of creating awareness and safety for accessing back country areas within the Tahoe National Forrest. Erik Stroing - 4/9/2024


I am extremely supportive of the G24 Ground Operations funding for trail maintenance in the Downieville OHV system. Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has a rich history of maintaining this critical trail system, providing safe recreation opportunities for thousands of OHV trail users. This is a famous trail system that will be utilized heavily every year, necessitating annual maintenance to provide safe recreation opportunities. This trail system is also vital to the local economy. Downieville is now known as a mountain biking town and the businesses rely on the income from trail users to make their living. Supporting the G24 funding means supporting Downieville and maintaining the magic it is known for. Kyle Stone - 3/5/2024


Hello, SBTS does outstanding work and involves many volunteers, such as myself. This grant will go along way to maintain the trail systems and benefit the local community and citizens of CA for recreation in the lost sierra. please fund this grant. Thanks, Alan Alan Walls - 3/7/2024


the Downieville trails are my favourite in the world. I Love them. I love the bears and the deer and the wild rugged awesome everything of it. the trails must be open to public use for us all. the trails are a vital part of the local economic growth and Sierra country. needs every help it can get. please support our trails. Martin Duggan - 3/7/2024


I fully support this grant application. Providing these funds will help maintain sustainable trails and minimize impacts use-trails around obstacles on routes. Please approve this grant. Thank you! Maia Averett - 3/7/2024


I use the Downieville trail system several times a year. Hiking and motorbiking the area. This results is economic support to the local businesses. I also volenteer with one of the trail work events to give back to this amazing system. I look forward to more trail and more memories in and around Downieville. Jim Dallas - 3/7/2024


To whom it may concern: I fully support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's(SBTS) CA-OHV application for the Downieville trail system grant. With an approved grant. SBTS can continue to support and create recreation opportunities for visitors and locals, local employment, sustainable trail system that requires less maintenance and keep trails open, safe all the while protecting the watershed. Please award SBTS this grant. Thank you, Martin Scheel Martin Scheel - 3/11/2024


The Sierra Butte Trail stewardship has been a great economical bone to this area. Helping employee locals with building trails and getting out to nature has been a lifesaver to many of those who live there. Andy Gedeon - 3/22/2024


I support this grant Abe Haen - 3/22/2024


The work the trail stewardship does is critical for our region of the Sierra Mountains. They are creating jobs, fostering education, and driving tourism and economic commerce throughout a region that greatly needs all of these. Their work with local, state, and federal agencies also helps ensure an effective partnership between all the caretakers.of the land for future generations to come. Please provide this grant to them so they can keep delivering their incredible mission! Ben Edwards - 3/22/2024


I used to work for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), and witnessed first hand how impactful this organization, and the trails they create/maintain, are for the surrounding communities. It is such a resource to have accessible, maintained, mapped out trails! Not only does it draw revenue to the communities, as bikers from all over now make their way to these communities to ride and participate in events (also hosted by SBTS).It is also a joy for bikers in the local communities to have such easy access to these trails. Especially as the areas in which SBTS builds trails, are in very small towns, surrounded by wilderness.It encourages people to get outside and ride bikes on trails! Which is healthy, family friendly, and builds community.SBTS also hires people from within the community to do the trail work, and pays a liveable wage! In these smaller, impoverished towns, that is a great resource, and they deserve this grant! Renee Mattingly - 3/22/2024


I used to work for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), and witnessed first hand how impactful this organization, and the trails they create/maintain, are for the surrounding communities. It is such a resource to have accessible, maintained, mapped out trails! Not only does it draw revenue to the communities, as bikers from all over now make their way to these communities to ride and participate in events (also hosted by SBTS).It is also a joy for bikers in the local communities to have such easy access to these trails. Especially as the areas in which SBTS builds trails, are in very small towns, surrounded by wilderness.It encourages people to get outside and ride bikes on trails! Which is healthy, family friendly, and builds community.SBTS also hires people from within the community to do the trail work, and pays a liveable wage! In these smaller, impoverished towns, that is a great resource, and they deserve this grant Renee Mattingly - 3/22/2024


The trail systems in and around Downieville are super important to myself and so many like minded nature lovers. They also spur so much economic benefit in areas around these trails as they are a nationwide destination. Toby Schultz - 3/22/2024


As a resident of Plumas County the Downieville trail network is vital to economic stability for residents. They also provide an outlet for young teens and family to enjoy bike riding and hikes. Any investment is a good idea. Paul Jauregui - 3/23/2024


The SBTS has an excellent history of providing stellar work on maintaining the extensive network of trails in our region and supporting the organization to continue their activities would be a very good investment of public funds. Carl Butz - 3/27/2024


I regularly ride these trails via dirt bike, and when I do we often have friends travel from out of the region to join us, because they're known as some of the best in the US. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is doing a great job of building and maintaining motorized trails, especially in an era when motorized singletrack is so difficult for land managers to build and maintain. Because they're multi use, they encourage other user groups to share public land with motorized users - another important outcome of this project. I fully support it! Travis Feist - 3/30/2024


Hello, 30 year resident of the eastern sierra and writin today in support of the ground ops grant for Valley Outdoors. The Inyo nf needs help maintaining its roads because the shrinking engineering dept cant do it on its own. Regrading and improving 180 dips and waterbars in critical areas will strengthen the roads ability to withstand storms, thereby reducing the need for post storm maintenance. The local jeep club and others eagerly support the efforts of Valley Outdoors and ask for your consideration of this grant. Greg Weirick Greg Weirick - 3/30/2024


This proposal should be funded. Our area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management and they provide a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The winter of 2023 did a huge amount of damage to many roads in our area and made many roads unsafe, to the point where they were closed by Inyo National Forest. INF did not have the resources to repair the damage, so volunteer groups, like Valley Outdoors, got together to fix the damage and reopen the road. Now there needs to be consistent maintenance and Valley Outdoors is going to make that happen. As an individual who has patrolled and driven these roads for over 30 years, I endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Pat Woods - 3/30/2024


This grant request should be funded. Valley Outdoors (VO) participants are passionate about not only using OHV routes for recreation but also preserving the land to which they provide access. This is a “grass roots” organization (pun intended) that really wants to “do the right thing” to promote responsible recreation opportunities on our public lands while protecting our natural resources for the generations to come. VO is heavily supported by locals, many of whom live in Inyo and Mono Counties specifically to enjoy the recreational opportunities here. The volunteers and leadership of VO are enthusiastic and motivated to support this project. “The locals” are encouraged by the potential to have a meaningful partnership with the INF and other agencies that will enable us to help maintain and preserve recreational opportunities we so greatly cherish. Funding this grant will enable the organizational infrastructure so all of us, locals, agencies, and visitors to coordinate collaborative efforts to get the greatest overall benefit from our efforts. John Shepherd - 4/10/2024


This proposal should be funded. As a member of the ES4WD Club, a volunteer group, the conditions and accessibility of our roads and trails are essential to our outdoor recreating. For both local and non-local OHV enthusiasts. When tourist recreate on our public lands they don't always use good judgement and respect for our public lands. Monitoring, repairs and maintenance of the roads is paramount to help ensure safe enjoyment of all the Eastern Sierra has to offer. Funding of the Grant will help with repairs and maintenance and ensure the continuation of access and enjoyment on our public lands. Thank you. Debby Hidalgo - 4/12/2024


This proposal should be funded. As a member of the ES4WD Club, a volunteer group, the conditions and accessibility of our roads and trails are essential to our outdoor recreating. For both local and non-local OHV enthusiasts. When tourist recreate on our public lands they don't always use good judgement and respect for our public lands. Monitoring, repairs and maintenance of the roads is paramount to help ensure safe enjoyment of all the Eastern Sierra has to offer. Funding of the Grant will help with repairs and maintenance and ensure the continuation of access and enjoyment on our public lands. Thank you. Raul Hidalgo - 4/12/2024


THIS GRANT COMMENT IS FROM THE EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB Submitted by Pat Woods The Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club is based out of Bishop, CA. We have over 75 members and are committed to sustainable land use and good off-roading practices. We are active in our community and communicate closely with government land management agencies. We take pride in our volunteer support to the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. The Eastern Sierra 4WD Club takes responsibility for promoting safe and sane four wheeling. Our club is open to anyone who supports our goals and is interested in exploring our wonderful area. We support Conservation with Utilization and TREAD LIGHTLY practices. This proposal should be funded. Our area has experienced a huge increase in the numbers of people who recreate in Inyo and Mono counties and that trend it is going to continue. Many of these visitors recreate with vehicles on public lands. Proper and efficient monitoring, maintenance and repair of level 2 roads is essential for better resource management and they provide a rewarding OHV experience for our visitors. The winter of 2022/23 did a huge amount of damage to many roads in our area and made many roads unsafe, to the point where they were closed by Inyo National Forest. INF did not have the resources to repair the damage, so volunteer groups, like Valley Outdoors, got together to fix the damage and reopen the roads. Now there needs to be consistent maintenance and Valley Outdoors is going to make that happen. As a group of concerned locals who have driven these roads for many years, we endorse the much-needed maintenance and repair work that will be done with this funding. Thanks Eastern Sierra 4X4 Club - 4/13/2024


 

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