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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines - California Recreational Trails Act of 1974

The below is research compiled from a number of sources over the past 10 years concerning the California Recreational Trails Act of 1974.  In the 1971 Chappie-Z’berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Law (the Law), the Legislature addressed the growing use of motorized vehicles off-highway by adopting requirements for the registration and operation of these vehicles. In addition, it provided funding for administration of the OHMVR Program along with facilities for OHV recreation. The Law was founded on the principle that "...effectively managed areas and adequate facilities for the use of OHVs and conservation and enforcement are essential for ecologically balanced recreation...” Since then, other laws have been enacted that revised the OHMVR program to: Expand, manage, and sustain existing OHV areas and support motorized off- highway access to non-motorized recreational opportunities;  Monitor, conserve, and maintain resources;  Establish the OHMVR Division within California State Parks to administer the OHMVR Program;  Increase funding to the OHV Trust Fund; and, Establish the OHMVR Program as a permanent Division within California Department of Parks and Recreation.

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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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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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2016 OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program Workshops

OHMVR LogoIt’s that time again – time to prepare for the 2015/16 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program (Grants Program) grant cycle. Workshops for the upcoming grant cycle are scheduled for the week of January 11, 2016.
 
The two-day workshop, one held in Southern California and one held in Northern California, will be two full-day sessions. Please see the attached agenda for the information on the workshops.

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John Stewart

Del Norte County to work on OHV plan

The steep and rugged Siskiyou Mountains dominating eastern Del Norte County are riddled with hundreds of miles of old logging and mining roads, and county gravel roads connecting, providing many ideal opportunities for off-highway vehicles, like ATVs and dirtbikes.

But off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the roads winding across the Smith River National Recreation Area has long been on the short side. To promote these recreation opportunities, Del Norte County has received a $54,110 grant to develop an OHV master plan, of sorts, with most of the funding going towards four-wheel drive vehicles that can scout the terrain.

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OHV questions Soda Mountains Solar Project decision

June 17, 2015

James Ramos, Chairman
Robert Lovingood, Vice Chairman
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors San Bernardino County Government Center 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., Fifth Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0110

Re: Soda Mountain Solar Project

Dear Supervisors Ramos and Lovingood,

We are writing to urge you to request an extension of the protest period and additional public hearings on the BLM's Final EIS for the Soda Mountain Solar project (CA 49584).

San Bernardino County has long supported off highway vehicle recreation on BLM lands. OHV use by county residents is among the highest in the state, and OHV opportunities in the county attract millions of visits and contribute billions of dollars.

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