The following is a press release issued by the Bureau of Land Management:
The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office has extended until Friday, March 25, the deadline for public comments and suggestions on how to improve the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Management Area near Ukiah. People interested in the area can provide BLM with their input for potential new trails and facilities, improvements to current trails and facilities, and additional recreational opportunities and activities for a more enjoyable recreation experience.
Input received will be part of the initial public engagement process in the BLM’s development of the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Management Area Implementation Plan. As part of this planning effort, the BLM will also look at ways to help minimize impacts to sensitive plants and animals, cultural sites and slow the spread of invasive species.
“Recreation users have asked for features such as training areas for young riders, additional campgrounds, RV parking and more restroom facilities,” said Nick Lavrov, manager of the BLM Ukiah Field Office. “We are hoping that users will continue to provide us specific recommendations that we can use to develop a plan that will guide management of this important recreation area well into the future.”
Anyone interested can provide input online at Public Engagement Interactive Map; by email at BLM_CA_UK_SouthCowPlan@blm.gov; or by mail at Bureau of Land Management, Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State St., Suite 2, Ukiah, CA 95842, attention: South Cow Mountain Planning.
South Cow Mountain encompasses more than 23,000 acres of BLM-managed public land with more than 90 miles of OHV trails, two developed staging areas and campgrounds.
The California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division is funding the planning efforts through an OHV planning grant. The state program supports OHV recreation in California by distributing more than $35 million annually collected from gas tax, entrance fees and OHV sticker registrations.