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OHMVR GRANT 2016-2017

Release Date: Mar 6, 2017  

Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers Seeks Public Input on Off-Highway Motor Vehicle(OHMVR) State Grant Proposal

Clovis, CA March 06, 2017– The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers is requesting public input for the 2016/2017 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) grant funding application cycle. As part of the grant process, the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers is requesting public input or project ideas for what individuals, and organizations would like to have included in this application cycle. This Public feedback will be considered as development of the preliminary grant application continues and final applications are prepared.

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHV Grants Program. The Grants Program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high quality, OHV recreation areas, roads, and trails.

Beginning March 7, 2017 the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers' grant applications will be available for review at: http://ohv.parks.ca.gov. The CI4W’s OHMVR grant applications for Ground Operations grant will be available for public review, and input for a comment period of 30 days which will end April 7, 2017.

Written comments can be submitted to the OHMVR Division's Website or mailed to: Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers, PO Box 764, Clovis, CA 93613 or email to: emailmcgarity@gmail.com.

 

2016/2017 Grant Cycle – Important Dates:

  • March 6, 2017: Preliminary applications are due.
  • March 7, 2017 through April 3, 2016: Public review and comment period. Applications will be available for public comment at OHMVR Division’s websitehttp://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/.
  • May 1, 2017: Final applications are due.
  • May 2017: OHMVR Division review of final applications.
  • June 5, 2017: Application Results - Intent to Award posted on the OHMVR Division’s website.
  • June 6, 2017 through July 5, 2017: Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period.
  • July 6, 2017: Final awards posted on the OHMVR Division’s website upon resolution of any appeals.

We are seeking grant funds to complete road and trail maintenance work within the Bald Mountain OHV Trail System to insure that legal OHV trails and forest roads are kept open for public OHV use and to reduce potential adverse conditions. Maintenance work include: removing road and trail side brush, minor tread maintenance, blocking unauthorized routes to focus OHV use on designated trails, removing downed trees and boulders from roadways and trails, maintaining and installing drainage structures such as culverts, dips, and lead off ditches, armoring stream crossings, placement of rock riprap, repairing and installing road and trail directional signs and route markers, performing road and trail condition surveys, reporting unsafe road and trail conditions or heavy maintenance needs, placement of retaining barriers and support structures for tread repair and stream approaches, and removal of trash and graffiti.


For more information or to provide comments through other means, please contact Mike McGarity, Grant Administrator, PO Box 764, Clovis, CA 93613 or email to: emailmcgarity@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!!

 

The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers (CI4W) members’ wish to provide volunteer work with for Sierra National Forest (SNF) to improve OHV opportunities for the greater public. The CI4W have been in existence since 1983. Our organization has volunteered labor and materials to help maintain OHV trails on the Sierra National Forest. We are experiencing a rapid growth in membership and requesting grant funding to provide tools, supplies, safety gear and equipment to support our volunteer efforts and increase our labor and work efficiency.


The Clovis Independent 4 wheelers are seeking public review for our 2016/2017 California State OHV Grant Funding Proposal.

 

The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers is requesting the public’s comment for the 2016/2017 California State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Green Sticker Grant funding and proposal submission cycle by hosting an Open House Meeting:

 

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017. 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant. 1437 Tollhouse Rd., Clovis

 

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHV Grants Program. The grants program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, expand, maintain, operate, support, or contribute to well-managed, high-quality, OHV recreation areas, roads and trails.

 

Once again the State of California has funds that are available for education, operation and maintenance, law enforcement and restoration projects, and the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers will be submitting an OHV grant application for funding to help improve the overall OHV experience here in the Sierra National Forest. 

 

As part of the application process, the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers is requesting the public’s comment on our grant project proposal. The preliminary grant proposal will be made available March 3rd on the on California Off Highway Motor Vehicle website at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/.  Click on Grants, click on On-Line Grants Application (OLGA), click on Public Review instructions and Review Preliminary Applications located in light blue box on the left side of the page. Search for Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers then Ground operations Sierra.

 

The Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program allows for a thirty (30) day public review and comment period. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the preliminary applications and provide comments to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for consideration during the current grant cycle.

 

The public comment period begins the first Tuesday following the first Monday in March through the first Monday in April.

 

Public comments shall be submitted to both the Applicant as well as the OHMVR Division by e-mailing the contact person listed on the preliminary application and carbon copying (cc) the OHMVR Division at ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov. NOTE: The contact person may be found in their notice to the public or in the ‘General Application Requirements’ under items 3. Contact, Project Administrator.

 

The following are important dates to remember for the 2014/2015 OHV Grant submittal and funding process.

 

Work to be accomplished:

We are proposing to complete road and trail maintenance work to insure OHV trails and forest roads legal for OHV use are kept open to the public and to reduce potential adverse recourse conditions. Maintenance work items include; removing road and trail side brush, minor tread maintenance, blocking unauthorized routes to focus OHV use on designated trails, removing downed trees and boulders from roadways and trails, maintaining drainage structures such as culverts, dips, and lead off ditches, armoring stream crossings, placement of rock riprap, repairing and installing road and trail directional signs, route markers, performing road and trail condition surveys, reporting unsafe road and trail conditions or heavy maintenance needs, placement of retaining barriers and support structures for tread repair and stream approaches, and removal of trash.

Rationale for requested purchases to support Ground operations activity:

In past years tools, materials, and equipment were often provided by members of the CI4W members. These tools were limited in capability and were prone to heavy maintenance and repair. We are requesting approval to purchase hand tools, power tools, equipment, and safety gear to properly support our work activities. Hand tools include; round and square point shovels, picks, axes, McClouds, polaskys, log Pivis, pruning shears, rock bars, rope and chain. Power tools include; 8 chainsaws and 1 chainsaw winch. Equipment requested includes; a small trailer capable of being pulled by a 4WD vehicle used to carry tools and materials such as rock riprap for project use.  Safety gear requested includes; gloves, safety glasses, hardhats, chainsaw chaps and first aid kits. Additionally, we are in need of 4 cameras for field project work documentation to meet grant documentation requirements. We are requesting to purchase these tools, supplies and equipment to support our growing workforce and the work activities listed above.


Past accomplishments related to proposed Ground Operations activity:

The Sierra National Forest has recognized the win/win value of volunteer partnerships with organizations such as the ours. They have committed personnel, training and Forest Service vehicles to support our project activities as outlined above. SNF personnel commitments include the High Sierra District OHV staff, and the forest engineering and recreation staff. Training opportunities provided by the SNF for our members include chainsaw training and certification, First Aid and CPR training, Forest OHV Host and radio communications training. 

Over the past 10 years, the CI4W have performed on average 1,000 volunteer hours of invaluable time each year toward maintenance activities on roads and trails that have contributed to increased water quality and improved OHV recreational access. We have installed or repaired many trail signs and removed several bags of trash from the forest.  With approval of this grant request we are hoping to take our commitment to the next level by providing a long term product of work to support the Sierra National Forest and the OHV community. (Please see photo documents of our past work activities).

Relation of proposed project to OHV Recreation:

The volunteer work referenced in this project proposal is intended to improve water quality and the OHV riding experience.  The maintenance activities are focused on Sierra National Forest system roads and trails that provide popular OHV riding opportunities and are considered critical to connecting OHV riding areas.  Through the efforts of the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers, in partnership with the Sierra National Forest, and with financial support from the State OHV Grants Division, there will be a positive effect on the OHV experience for those riding on roads and trails that have received work.  Brush and trees will be removed, keeping the roads and trails open and reducing the creation of un-authorized bypass routes.  Water quality will be improved because drainage structures will be repaired and returned to a functional condition.  Continued maintenance is required to prevent deterioration of conditions and insure roads and trails are maintained to desired standards. The Bald Mountain Trail system is open in the winter for snow OHV use; however the Forest Service is closely monitoring the conditions of the trail. If the conditions exist that exceed the soil water quality, the Forest Service will temporarily close the trails until conditions improve.

These routes provide access to recreational destination points, popular vistas, and many connect systems of OHV trails together to further enhance the recreational experience.  Examples of popular riding areas that this proposed work will include in the Sierra NF are designated OHV trails within the Bald Mountain OHV area. Trails include Hollywood Hill, VRock, Big Snot, Posi Hill, Lookout Tower, Shale Hill, Tomato Rock and Base Camp are popular for OHV recreational users and provide great staging areas.  The recreating public uses these campgrounds for staging and camping.  From these sites the user can access several different riding areas that provide various recreational experiences from easy scenic touring to routes that challenge the skill level of the user.  

Forest Service road maintenance budget reductions have continued to allow roads and trails to deteriorate and overgrow with brush.  Brush encroachment on some routes has begun to restrict access and obscure signage.  In addition, lack of road and trail maintenance has led to drainage structure failures, which continue to contribute to water quality degradation.  This project will help continue to improve OHV access by removing brush and trees, reducing un-authorized bypass routes, improve water runoff capabilities and water quality by repairing drainage structures, improve signage and enhance the OHV riding experience in the Sierra National Forest. Removal of downed trees and debris will help reduce and eliminate unauthorized bypass routes off of the designated route system.

 Description of the size of the specific Project Area in acres and/or miles:

The proposed project is located on the High Sierra District within the Sierra National Forest. The following routes are in need of the most immediate attention to provide OHV access and riding opportunities to and within approximately 15,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest.

Road#/Trail#                               Mileage                                Work
9S09                                             6.0                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
10S51A                                         0.5                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
25E208                                         3.0                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
25E210                                         1.2                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair 25E314                                         1.0                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
25E309                                         2.1                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
25E311                                         0.7                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
25E315                                         0.5                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E211                                         2.2                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E219                                         3.8                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E330                                         1.0                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E331                                         1.0                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E325                                         0.5                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E327                                         0.5                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
26E328                                         0.7                                       Brushing/Logout, Minor drainage structure/tread repair
                                     
                                        Total   35.4 Miles


Location and description of OHV Opportunities:

The routes proposed for work provide access to recreational destination points, popular vistas, and many connect systems of OHV trails together to further enhance the recreational experience.  Examples of popular riding areas that this proposed work will include in the Sierra NF are the Bald Mtn. OHV Riding Area, Big Fir Riding Area, Tamarack Ridge Riding Area, Mount Tom, Riding Area and Dinkey Lakes OHV Route and the World famous Dusy Ershim OHV route.  These areas provide many miles of riding opportunities that allow for minimized OHV impacts by spreading OHV use over large riding areas and not concentrating use on a smaller system.  Various campgrounds such as West Kaiser, Dinkey Creek, Voyager Rock, Bald Base Camp, Glenn Meadows and Dinkey Creek Staging Area are popular for OHV recreational users and provide great staging areas.  The recreating public uses these campgrounds for staging and overnight camping.  From these sites they can access several different riding areas that provide various recreational experiences from easy scenic touring to routes that challenge the skill level of the user.  

The Sierra National Forest High Sierra Ranger District contains many more popular multi-use OHV destinations and opportunities.  Among some of the more popular are the Bald Mountain OHV trails and Dusy Ershem OHV route.  The Bald Mountain OHV area contains nearly 30 miles of OHV trails that provide for 4x4, ATV, and off road motorcycling routes with varying degrees of difficulty.  These routes provide majestic sub-alpine views and leads to a retired fire lookout that has been converted to a vista lookout by the Forest Service and the volunteer efforts of the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers.  Many of these routes have existing trail signage and difficulty markings.  There are three popular staging areas: Base Camp and Deer Creek; both on Rock Creek Road (9S09) and Dinkey Creek Staging area located on Dinkey Creek Road; which provide forest and OHV information to OHV users.



Additional OHV areas within the Sierra National Forest include popular riding areas known as Dinkey Creek area between Shaver lake and Wishon Lake, Brewer Lake, Swamp Lake and other trail systems that connect various OHV routes as well as provide excellent recreation and vista experiences.  Many OHV routes within these areas have become extremely popular with OHV recreation in particular, due to their uniqueness, challenges, and spectacular views.

An example of a specific route that has become a popular OHV destination is the Bald Mountain Loop OHV route (Sierra NF route 26E219 to 26E314). This route originates at the lower green gate and half way to the upper green gate is the Bald Mountain Lookout Tower. Once manned in the fire season period, is a longtime landmark of the area.  The tower is the icon of the loop and the most popular destination of the OHV access overlooking the beautiful Shaver Lake.

With the continuing curtailment of OHV opportunities within the general Central California area, and outright closure of traditional OHV areas such as Clear Creek Management Area (BLM), many National Forests have experienced increased OHV use that is further impacting the existing systems.  The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers, with continuing partnerships with other pro-access groups such as the Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno, Lock and Low 4WD, Hill Hoppers 4WD, Hanford Trail Busters and 4x4 Him have collaborated together to perform volunteer maintenance work within the Sierra National Forest.  It is our hope that we can continue to sustain existing OHV opportunities for the public on the Sierra National Forest.

 

Use of Partnerships:

U.S. Forest Service will provide equipment & operators to transport riprap materials to project areas for use on identified trail work mitigation.

Stewards of the Sierra Club will provide vehicles & labor to clear roads & trails from brush and downed trees; clean & maintain drainage structures; transport & place rock riprap to reduce erosion; pick up & remove trash.

The 4WD Club of Fresno, Hill Hoppers, Lock and Low, 4x4 Him, Handford Trail Busters and NOLB will provide vehicles & labor to clear roads & trails from brush and downed trees; clean & maintain drainage structures; transport & place rock riprap to reduce erosion; pick up & remove trash.