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California OHV Grant Funding Proposal

posted Feb 25, 2015, 1:56 PM by Mike McGarity   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 1:56 PM ]

PO Box 764

Clovis, CA 93613

 

February 25, 2015

 

The Clovis Independent 4 wheelers are seeking public review for our 2014/2015 California State OHV Grant Funding Proposal.

 

The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers is requesting the public’s comment for the 2014/2015 California State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Green Sticker Grant funding and proposal submission cycle by hosting an Open House Meeting:

 

When: Sunday, March 01, 2015. 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.

 January 12 – 16, 2015:  OHV Grant Program workshops

 Monday, January 12, 2015:  Grant application process begins- Application materials are available via the OHMVR Division’s website

 Monday, March 2, 2015:  Preliminary applications are due

 Monday, March 3, 2015 to Monday, April 6, 2015:  Public review and comment period 

 Monday, May 4, 2015:   Final applications are due

 May 2015:   OHMVR Division review of final applications

 Monday, June 1, 2015:   Application Results - Intent to Award posted on the OHMVR Division’s website.

 Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to Tuesday, July 2, 2015:  Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period
 Friday, July 3, 2015:  Final awards posted on the OHMVR Division’s website upon resolution of any appeals

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

Mike McGarity

Club President/ Grant Applicant

 

PO Box 764, Clovis CA. 93613

Bald Mountain 2014 Season of Use Dates:

posted Apr 30, 2014, 8:53 AM by Mike McGarity

Bald Mountain Season of Use according to our most recent MVUM which is the 2013 Motor Vehicle Use Map. The 2014 is in the process of being revised, but for now we need to follow these dates:

Dinkey Creek Staging Area- Located on Dinkey Creek Road just prior to the Rock Creek Road (9S09) on the left side where the Trail Open/Closed signs are at. There is a Trail Head in the back of this area (10S51) that will take you to Rock Creek Rd legally. This allows you to park your tow vehicle & trailer and unload green sticker rig there. During the Season Use Period (12/15 - 5/15), you can take this trail over to Rock Creek Rd. to access the Bald Mtn Trails. Street legal vehicles can use this trail head and Rock Creek Rd. year round.

We have been told the CalTrans Road Snow Plows will keep this are cleared for us to park in the area during the winter. We will remind our contact person in December as we enter into our next winter season. This staging area will allow a safer location to park, unload and air down; rather than at the small, crowded and at times unsafe intersection of Rock Creek Rd. and Dinkey Creek Rd. 

Rock Creek Rd (9S09) is open to all vehicles 12/15-5/15 and street legal year round. Some exceptions: (1) No vehicles on Rock Creek Rd. past the Lower Green gate from 12/15-5/15 unless all the snow is melted, but should still follow the Season Use Dates. (2) Green Sticker Vehicles are allowed from Tamarck to Swamp Lake trail head once Tamarck gate is open (5/15 - 12/15). (3) Green Sticker Vehicles are allowed for the Moonlight Madness Poker Run if registered for the Poker Run from Lower Green Gate to Swamp Lake Turn off. This is due to our Special use Permit we pay just for our event. 

We are currently working with the Forest on changing the Travel Management Plan to allow Green Sticker Vehicles from Lower Green Gate to the Swamp Lake Turn Off. Stay tuned if we can get this section included in the 2014 MVUM. There are currently signs at this intersection stating its a "Shared Road" with green sticker vehicles, so there are some confusion and/or dispensaries from the 2013 MVUM and the signs on Rock Creek Rd.

Bald Mtn Trail Loop from Lower Green Gate to Upper Green Gate including trails up the back side of Base Camp (26E208 - 26E219) Season Use is 5/20-4/01. It's suppose to be 5/30-4/01, but the MVUM was mistyped. Regardless ... Bald Mtn is CLOSED until May 20th according to our current MVUM. The gates are not functional, but please follow the MVUM season use dates.

Please keep in mind that the Record of Decision (R.O.D.) determines the Season of Use Dates. The 2014 MVUM will be released soon and may be different from the above dates. Be advised.... you must follow the most current MVUM dates, not my post on Facebook. This information is as accurate as I can possibly make it, but if there is any errors I apologize and ask you to refer to the MVUM and follow those dates as well as trails authorized for OHV use. Thank you.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5393416.pdf

2014 MVUM (Motorized Vehicle Use Map) revisions:

posted Apr 30, 2014, 8:49 AM by Mike McGarity

We have been reviewing the 2013 MVUM and made the Forest Service aware of some revisions needed on the 2014 MVUM.

 

1.) Dinkey Creek Staging Area on Dinkey Creek Rd. prior to Rock Creek Rd. 9S09. There is a trailhead (10S51) that ties into trail 10S51A. This allows people to unload their OHV and park their truck and trailer in this location. 10S51 has been encouraged to be used to access Rock Creek Rd. 9S09. 10S51 should be marked as "Road Open to all Vehicles" being it ties into 10S51A which is open to all vehicles on the MVUM.

 

There  sign located at this staging area that states "Not A Trail Head". Our recommendation is to remove this sign being it is a trail head to 10S51. Sign post are at this trailhead, but the signs have been removed. A sign is recommended on the post with "10S51- Rock Creek Rd. 9S09 Access".

 



 

2.) Rock Creek Rd. 9S09 section needs to be changed to "Road Open to All Vehicles" per posted signs already installed from intersection 9S491 & 9S10 to 9S09T9.84. Signs "Shared Road" are posted at 9S09T9.39, 9S09T9.8 and again at 9S09T10.14. We need the 2014 MVUM to reflect the signage.

 

This picture is taken at the intersection of  Lower Green Gate 26E219 and Rock Creek Rd. 9S09T9.39:

 



This picture was taken on Rock Creek Rd. at 9S09T9.84:

 


While we were parked at the Lower Green Gate on Sunday, April 27; 8-10 four wheel drive vehicles drove up 26E219 accessing Bald Mtn. I later had an opportunity to talk to 3 of them and explain the Bald Mtn. loop is closed according to the Season of Use dates. They were unaware.

 

Our club is working with the Forest Service to offer time, materials and installation of gates at 26E219 and accross Rock Creek Rd. 9S09 at 9S09T9.39. Gates are needed to keep people out according to ROD. Season of Use Dates need to be posted on gates as well as copies of the MVUM. This will be the only way to keep people in compliance with the Season of Use dates.


More information to follow.

Bald Mountain Tower Restoration Project

posted Dec 10, 2013, 10:44 AM by Mike McGarity   [ updated Dec 10, 2013, 12:00 PM ]

July 2013

There has been some discussions happening on Facebook recently regarding the Bald Mountain Tower Project. Much of the discussion happening by uniformed people. They mean well and want the tower renovated, but they just don't know the process. Volunteer are stepping up to help and rebuild the tower according to the FS engineering department specs.

I called and spoke to Anthony in length this morning. I asked him if we can schedule an information meeting to discuss the status of where we are in the process of getting this project moving. He said that our Club will be the primary club on this project, but he does want all the other clubs input and help. I agreed and just didn't want this project to be another clubs project with the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers has the Adopt-A-Trail Agreement for Bald Mountain. A meeting has been scheduled for August 12 at the FS Office in Clovis.

Anthony went on to explain to me his next step. He needs to receive the drawing from engineering, this has to happen soon because the grant money must be spent in September; otherwise we lose it! The build sheet from the FS engineering dept has $10,200 needed in materials. Anthony only has $7,000 in grant money to spend. 

A build sheet with the materials needed has been sent out. The FS is $3,000 short. As a club, we can help. we can either seek cash donations or material donations in order to get all the materials needed. It would be great if all of us can work together on figuring this out by the August 12 meeting. The other clubs are helping as well. This would not only show our club's commitment to the FS Supervisor, but also how important the tower is to Bald Mountain.

I also spoke to Anthony about us posting our club signage at glen meadow, the lower green gate, upper green gate and on the other signs at Base Camp. He is fine with it as long as we don't exceed 12" by 12". I will bring a draft of the sign to our August meeting as well as the cost of 4 metal signs. As most of you know.. Glen Meadow is the area on Dinkey Creek Road just prior to the Rock Creek Road turn off. It displays all the trail signs along with "open" or "closed"... those are being replaced. Anthony will be planning a date and asking for volunteers to help. He is also replacing the Bald Mtn. Upper Green Gate sign. He will let us know a date for that because he is asking for our club to help in the install.

On a separate topic, I told Anthony that our club will be scheduling a Saturday in August to clean up Base Camp. He said he will come as well with his workers. He said it show good, contained collaborations with the clubs. 



Let me know if anyone has any questions, commits or concerns? 

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