BISHOP, Calif. — The Bishop Field Office Land Management and Inyo National Forest want to hear the public’s ideas on how to ensure off-road vehicle trails are safe and well-maintained on public lands across the nation. Eastern Sierra. The public is invited to provide input at a virtual public meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 3 at 5 p.m.
This public meeting will provide off-road vehicle users the opportunity to meet with BLM and US Forest Service staff to discuss changes or improvements that can help make everyone’s outdoor experience more enjoyable.
The BLM and the Forest Service will use public input to draft their law enforcement, restoration, ground operations and maintenance grant applications for submission to the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program for California State Park off-road motor vehicles.
The Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Cooperative Grants and Agreements Program supports well-managed off-road recreational vehicle activities in California by distributing more than $35 million annually from gasoline tax, tax and input and OHV sticker records.
Cities, counties, districts, federal and state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American tribes, and nonprofit entities can apply for funds to develop, maintain, and restore trails; ensuring law enforcement; and provide safety and training for riders.
Preliminary applications must be submitted to the Off-Road Motor Vehicle Recreation Division by March 7 and will be available on the Off-Road Motor Vehicle Recreation Division website at www.ohv.parks.ca .gov/, for further public review and comment. from March 8 to May 2. The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing preliminary applications and submitting comments.
Public comments should be submitted to both the Off-Road Motor Vehicle Recreation Division and BLM Bishop Field Office or Inyo National Forest by May 2, 2022.
Please register to participate in the virtual public meeting at https://tinyurl.com/yckmwj5n. Registrants will receive a link and phone numbers to join the meeting. Please contact the BLM or USFS for reasonable accommodations to participate.
Comments can also be emailed to the BLM at [email protected] or Jeremy DeCell at Inyo National Forest in [email protected]
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of underground mining properties across the country. Our mission is to maintain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The mission of the US Forest Service, part of the US Department of Agriculture, is to maintain the health, diversity, and productivity of the country’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to public and private landowners, and runs the world’s largest forestry research organization. Public lands managed by the Forest Service contribute more than $13 billion annually to the economy through visitor spending alone. These same lands provide 20% of the country’s drinking water supply, an estimated value of $7.2 billion per year. The agency has a direct or indirect role in managing approximately 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres in the United States, of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.
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