For Immediate Release: Jan. 22, 2018 CA-CDD-18-03
BLM to reschedule public meetings for OHV Grant Proposals
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – Due to the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the Bureau of Land Management will be rescheduling public meetings that were scheduled this week to gather input in the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.
Meetings previously scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office; Wednesday, Jan. 24, Barstow and El Centro Field Offices; Thursday, Jan. 25, Ridgecrest Field Office, and Feb. 9, Needles Field Office, will be rescheduled. The public will be notified 15 days in advance of rescheduled meetings.
Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by the BLM for the FY 2017-18 grant cycle. The OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed off-highway vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies (including the BLM), state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes and nonprofit entities. The BLM applies for grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV program. The grants support OHV management activities such as law enforcement, resource protection, planning and monitoring, visitor services and maintenance on BLM lands throughout the state.
Preliminary applications must be submitted to OHMVR no later than March 5. Preliminary applications will be available on the division website at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov, for additional public review and comment from March 6 through April 2. The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary applications and submitting comments. Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR and to the appropriate BLM Field Office by April 2.
As stewards the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in pursue of its multiple-use mission.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.
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Read more: BLM Seeks Public Input for OHV Grant Proposals (UPDATED)
On October 3, 2017, the California Department of State Parks and Recreation (DPR) released its long awaited Operational Transition Plan that will restructure and guide the department's efforts to enhance service delivery, better support staff and key partners, provide career paths for diverse professional groups to develop as park leaders, and put program expertise closer to the public.
This development is important to Friends of Jawbone because it affects our neighbor and partner, Red Rock State Park, which is home to hundreds of miles of world class recreational OHV touring opportunities. It also affects the operation of the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division which administers the Grants and Cooperative Agreements program that funds FOJ's ground operations and restoration work, as well as its rider education and safety projects.
Those who have been following this transformation effort by DPR may want to download and review the final Operation Transition Plan. Please let us know how you think this plan might affect OHV recreation in the greater Jawbone Canyon area.