The past year has been one of turmoil for the California OHMVR Program. This entry is the beginning of a critical look at the past and present of the OHMVR Program.
Operation Restore - The California OHMVR Program and OHV Trust Fund
Goal: Restore the financial health and integrity of the California OHMVR Program.
The California OHMVR program was created in 1971 as a self-funded program. The primary funding is derived from registration of off-road vehicles, entries fees to State Vehicle Recreation Areas (SVRA), and revenue derived from a calculation of the motor vehicle fuel tax paid for fuel used in off-highway recreation. In 2007, SB-742 was approved by a near unanimous vote and changed the motor vehicle fuel tax revenue to be derived from a calculation based on the actual number of OHV recreation-related public land visitor-use-days.
Over the life of the program, the OHV program has been subject to manipulation with funds diverted from providing for OHV recreation opportunity to other non-OHV uses. Numerous state program audits are critical of OHV Program management within the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks).
The mismanagement of the OHV program began to change with the appointment of Daphne Greene as Deputy Director. Originally appointed by Governor Davis in 1999 to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, Ms. Greene was then appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to be Deputy Director of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of State Parks in 2004.