Monday, October 2, 2023

Bureau of Land Management Seeking Public Input for Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation in Mendocino and Lake County


The following is a press release issued by the Bureau of Land Management:

Dirt Biker kicking up dust on Cow Mountain [Picture provided by BLM]

In an effort to provide safe, well-maintained off-highway vehicle trails with services all recreationists can enjoy, the Bureau of Land Management welcomes public input on grant applications to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. The BLM Bakersfield and Ukiah field offices will hold virtual public meetings to discuss grant proposals and receive public input.

This year, the BLM will apply for grants to pay for law enforcement and operations and maintenance. Funding would be used at the Knoxville, Indian Valley and South Cow Mountain OHV management areas managed by the Ukiah Field Office, as well as at the Keysville Special Recreation Management Area and the Temblor and Chimney Peak recreation areas managed by the Bakersfield Field Office.

California’s grants program has funded trail maintenance and restoration, watershed assessments, accessible fire rings and barbeques, informational kiosks, animal-proof trash enclosures, restroom cleaning, route signage, emergency dispatch, sound testing and law enforcement patrols on BLM-managed public lands.

The virtual public meetings will be held via Zoom. Click on the registration link below to receive the meeting details. Please contact the email addresses below for reasonable accommodations to participate. Comments may also be submitted electronically using the following email addresses.

Ukiah Field Office: Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. 

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Bakersfield Field Office: Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. 

The California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division supports well-managed off-highway vehicle recreation in California by distributing more than $35 million annually collected from gas tax, entrance fees and OHV sticker registrations. Cities, counties, districts, federal and state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes and non-profit entities can apply for funds to develop, maintain and restore trails; provide law enforcement; and offer safety and training for riders.

Preliminary applications must be submitted to OHMVR Division no later than March 7, and will be available on the OHMVR Division’s website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/ for additional public review and comment, March 8-May 2. The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary applications and submitting comments. Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR Division and to the appropriate BLM field office by May 2, 2022.

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  1. Having worked 35 years with Lake County Public Works in road maintenance on Bartlett Springs Road the Indian Valley area is so remote anything constructed in that area for the public’s use will get destroyed and vandalized, it’s very sad but it’s reality. Building something all could enjoy is definitely needed out there but unfortunately there are those that have nothing better to do than destroy things

    • The same way as people like you have nothing to offer besides negativity? People will get into car accidents but yet new cars are being produced. Think about the fact that you worked in an area for 35 years and could offer your expertise by volunteering your time instead of sitting behind your computer and adding negativity to a project that will bring joy to many park users.

  2. Safe and well maintained off road trailss??? You just showed how totally out of reality the people in charge are. The whole idea is too get off well maintained safe roads. Oh boy…let’s asphalt them and have traffic signs maybe some stop lights too😜

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