Public comment period opens for off-highway vehicle grants

SAN BERNARDINO – Officials with San Bernardino National Forest are seeking comments from the public on two preliminary grants submitted to the state of California to help fund the forest’s off-highway vehicle operations. The draft applications, based on public and staff feedback given in February, seek to enhance ground operations and law enforcement functions, including ground operations requests funding for route monitoring and maintenance; facility operations and maintenance at five staging areas, six trailering sites and three campgrounds; habitat monitoring; soil conservation; archaeology site steward program and new equipment to monitor trails and restoration requests funding for staffing and equipment to restore natural habitats in and around OHV trails and staging areas.

Comments are required to be submitted to California State Parks via their website under the “grants.” Comments will be accepted until Monday, May 1, by 5 p.m. PDT.

Forest staff will review and consider the public comments and submit their final grant applications by Monday, June 5.

The full proposals can be read at California State Parks’ OHV website at on the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program webpage. Use the “Public Review Instructions” guide on the left sidebar menu for help searching for applications and submitting comments.

Submitted by the U.S. Forest Service.

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