The Sequoia National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public meeting and workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 19
at the Kern River Ranger District Office to obtain public input into the development of preliminary grant-cycle applications to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR).
Alicia Embrey, the public affairs officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said the meeting will allow the public to share desires and concerns pertaining to the Sequoia National Forest and BLM OHV program prior to the preliminary grant application deadline on March 6. She said the FS and BLM will incorporate feedback from the workshop into their 2017 grant applications, enabling continued management of a sustainable program that benefits the users and protects resources.
Grant Cycle-Important Dates
>Monday, March 6, 2017: Preliminary applications are due
>Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to Monday, April 3, 2017: Public review and comment period.
>Monday, May 1, 2017: Final applications are due.
>May 2017: OHMVR Division review of final applications.
>Monday, June 5, 2017: Application Results - Intent to award posted on the OHMVR Divisionís website http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/
>Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to Tuesday, July 6, 2017: A 30 calendar day appeal period.
>Wednesday, July 7, 2017: Final awards posted on the OHMVR Divisionís website upon resolution of any appeals.
Embrey said both the FS and BLMís applications will focus on maintaining off-road vehicle routes, facilities, signage, law enforcement and education. She said the OHMVR, Sequoia National Forest and BLM have maintained a successful partnership for over 25 years.
For more information or to provide your comments through other means, contact the Sequoia National Forest Recreation Officer Karen Miller at 784-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, or BLM, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Harrison Friedman at (661) 391-6186 or email@example.com