CALIFORNIA – BLM California Desert District Invites Public to Provide Input on BLM OHV Grant Proposals

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The Bureau of Land Management is hosting several public and stakeholder meetings to gather input on the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. Grant applications are currently being prepared by the BLM staff for the 2019/2020 grant cycle.    
 
The OHMVR Division’s Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed, off-highway vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, educational institutions, state agencies, federal agencies, federally recognized Native American Tribes and nonprofit entities.

The BLM applies for grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV programs. The grants support OHV management activities such as law enforcement, resource protection, planning and monitoring, visitor services, and maintenance on BLM lands throughout the state.

The scoping meeting is scheduled for the first 45 minutes and the stakeholder meeting will immediately follow.  Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend either session or both:  

Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Monday, Feb. 24, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
El Centro Field Office
1661 South 4th St.
El Centro CA 92243

Preliminary applications must be submitted to OHMVR Division no later than March 2 and they  will be available on the OHMVR Division’s website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/, for additional public review and comment from March 3 – May 4.  The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary applications and submitting comments.  Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR Division and to the appropriate BLM field office by May 4.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2