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OHMVR Grants - Where does the funding go?

OHV LogoThe Off Highway Motor Vehicle Trust Fund was established under the California Vehicle Code 38000, Chappie-Z’berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Law of 1971 as a user funded program to provide for motorized recreation opportunities for the State of California.  The legislation established a “trust fund” that is controlled by Public Resources Code 5090 and California Code of Regulations 4970 to issue grants and cooperative agreements to local and federal agencies to provide for and manage motorized recreation opportunities.

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Communications Plan for the Internet Age

Communications Plan for the Internet Age

Provide a description of a strategy to improve communications between OHV community organizations and increase their presence on the World Wide Web.

Current Status:
Many OHV community organizations currently have web sites that provide a description of the organization and seek to entice new members to join. Most organizations do maintain web forums where registered members can engage in on-line “conversation” on a variety of topics. As a rule, the predominate model of a “corporate” presence on the web is a series of static web pages that are infrequently updated. In addition, there numerous commercial forums that cater to the OHV recreationist and the major magazines also maintain web sites.

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Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals 

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the dates, times and locations of district-wide public meetings to provide input in the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by BLM staff for the 2015/2016 grant cycle. 

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Pain at the pump -- Stop SB 350

The majority party (Democrat Party) is, at the same time,  pushing for a 12 cents per gallon increase in the gas tax we all pay at the pump to backfill the money they have diverted from infrastructure projects.
Other tax increases they have proposed include a 22 cent per gallon increase on diesel fuel, a $35 increase in vehicle registration fees, a $100 zero emission vehicle fee, and a $35 dollar per vehicle annual road usage charge.
These taxes will be devastating to individuals and families who are already on a tight budget, and punish rural Californians who have to drive farther to get to work or their kids to school.
The double whammy of reducing available fuel and increasing taxes will veer California’s economy off the road.
These increased taxes and regulations will punish hardworking Californians who are trying to earn a living and take their kids to school.
The majority party has designed these tax increases to skirt Proposition 13 so they won’t need to be approved by voters.
We have to get the message to them that the taxpayers do not support these tax increases. Don’t let them tax you without hearing from you.
You can sign the online petition here from CA State Senator Joel Anderson.

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NRC South June Report

This proposed critical habitat includes 9 national forests and 14 counties within the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

A copy of the comments is available from http://www.4x4voice.com/Public/ca4wdc/comments/frog-toad-comments.pdf

On June 19, I attended a meeting in Prather billed as "Stop the Land Grab" hosted by the Fresno County Sheriff and a group called Defend Rural America.  While there were several topics on the agenda, the main item was the pending EIS dealing with the yellow-legged frog and Yosemite Toad.

The DRA spokesperson presented a fair assessment of the issue.  The DRA organization appears to focus on citizen rights (as opposed to private property rights).  Their organization efforts are focused on counties through getting counties involved with managing the public lands. I am on the mailing list for DRA organization and will continue to review what they distribute.

Ocotillo Wells SVRA Lawsuit:
A lawsuit has been filed that poses a great threat to Ocotillo Wells SVRA.  State Parks (OHMVR Division) have committed to fighting the lawsuit.  The suit was in May and official notice was served to the OHMVR Division on June 14.  The Division has 30 days to file a response.  After the initial response, others can file as intervenors.  At this time, recreation interests are organizing to join n the lawsuit.

OHMVR Grants Program: The OHMVR Grants Program has been revised upward - from $10 million to $31 million.  Working through our lobbyist and countless hours of meetings, phone calls, and emails with administration officials and legislators, we have received an increase in the grants program.  This is an important development as the extra funding will qualify more grants and help preserve the state OHMVR Program. - See more at: http://www.4x4voice.com/index.php/easyblog/entry/63-ohmvr-grants-revised-with-increased-funding#sthash.mE0xX7pv.dpuf

Forest Service: San Bernardino, Sequoia, and Inyo National Forests have moved forward with fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and most open flames effective June 28.  Other National Forests in California are considering similar actions.  Similar fire/open flame restrictions are also in effect in National Forests in Arizona.

Eldorado NF:
The final Record of Decision on the 42 Eldorado route status has been released - 24 designated immediately; 18 closed pending mitigation. All routes will remain closed pending appeal resolution (45 day appeal period with an additional 45 days estimated to resolve appeals).  

Forest Plan Revision: The Bio-Regional Assessment covering the 9 national forests within the Sierra Nevada Mountain range has been released for comment.  In addition, Inyo and Sequoia NFs have released “topic papers” concerning their forest-specific assessment.

These assessments are important because they soliciting information from people the frequent the forests to provide information about how they use the forest and what do they value about the forest or their visits to the forest.

The information collected will serve as the basis for developing the follow-on scoping documents and draft Environmental Impact Statement; aka, Land and Resource Management Plan. The scoping portion of the NEPA public involvement is expected to begin in January 2014.

Sierra NF: I attended a meeting with Sierra NF concerning their process to begin Travel Management Sub-Prat A review.  According to Sierra NF officials, the Sub-Part A review will focus on roads NOT reviewed under previous Travel Management actions.

It is important to realize that through this process, the status of some roads could be recommended for increased, decreased, or closed after further site-specific review.  All national forests will be going through a similar process in the coming months.

Get Involved: An OHV recreationist from Colorado posted a though provoking opinion post on his BLOG - http://givemeyourohvkeys.blogspot.com/ with the title of “Give Me Your OHV Keys”.  It is an interesting read that scolds the average OHVer for not being involved to save their sport.

This comes at an appropriate time as July 1 is the official beginning of the next election cycle.  The TrailPAC (one of two political action committees in the nation) is reviewing races and candidates to support.

In the coming months, I will be working with Don Amador (The TrailPAC) to review candidates and provide voter recommendations.

Final Note: I recently encountered an abnormal situation concerning some ammunition. The moral is: Inspect your ammo; whether factory load or reload. I had finished loading an ammo clip and was storing it in a pouch when I noticed a strange mark on the top cartridge.  A section of the rim of the shell casing was folded under.  There are no marks in the bullet.  There is no possible way inserting the cartridge into the ammo clip would have caused that deformity.

The bullet is a 9mm Luger with the R-P head stamp indicating point of manufacture from Remington-Peters.  What is unfortunate, I do not know when or where this particular lot of ammo was purchased.  I do know that I have not purchased Remington-Peters ammo within the past 5 years.

After noting that defect, I did inspect my ammo stock looking for more R-P head stamp markings and for any sign of cartridge deformity.  That cartridge was one of four remaining live rounds with the R-P head stamp.

While case inspection is necessary prior to reloading a case and final inspection of the finished cartridge is necessary after reloading, it is a good idea to do a quick visual check of all your ammo prior to use.

It is likely this round would not have fed into the chamber and possibly jammed the semi-auto slide creating a potential hazard condition.

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Arizona Game and Fish files to intervene in lead ammunition lawsuit for condors

Litigants fail to recognize the consequences and threat their reckless lawsuit immediately poses to condor conservation

Nov 6, 2012 - The Arizona Game and Fish Department today filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit recently filed against the Kaibab National Forest by the Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council and Center for Biological Diversity. The groups want the U.S. Forest Service to place a mandatory ban on hunting with lead ammunition in northern Arizona.

The authority governing hunting regulations rests only with the state and Arizona Game and Fish believes that voluntary, cooperative efforts to reduce lead available to condors is the best approach for long-term success of the condor program. The department also believes that a mandatory ban could create a backlash against condor conservation and hinder future endangered species’ reintroductions if the original condor reintroduction agreements are changed by court order.

Original author: Arizona

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