News Release

For Release: August 14, 2007       
Contact:  Jim Keeler, (916) 978-4654, or John Dearing (916) 978-4622
CA-SO-07-10

Public Invited to Review BLM's OHV Grant Applications

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting public comments on its draft grant applications being proposed to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR).  The draft BLM applications encompass approximately 90 projects, ranging from facility developments to restoration work proposed throughout BLM’s 16 field offices in the state.
 
BLM’s outreach efforts include public meetings, mailings, and posting of the grant applications on BLM’s website at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/recreation/ohv/grants/2008.html.  Copies of the individual field office applications are also available for review at BLM offices in Alturas, Arcata, Bakersfield, Barstow, Bishop, Cedarville, El Centro, Folsom, Hollister, Moreno Valley, Needles, Palm Springs, Redding, Ridgecrest, Susanville, and Ukiah, as well as the BLM state office in Sacramento.   All public comments received will be forwarded to OHMVR Division as part of the grant packages.  Any public comments received prior to close-of -business, September 7 will be included with the application submitted to the OHMVR.
 
Jim Keeler, BLM OHV coordinator, said the grant applications are an annual process that is a key part of the partnership between BLM and California, which issues grants to a variety of entities to improve or mitigate off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation in California.  Under this process, BLM applies for grants from the state each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV program.  The grants support activities on public lands administered by BLM such as law enforcement, resource protection, planning and monitoring, visitor services, and maintenance.
 
Further information on the grant process is available on the OHMVR website: http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1164

For further details on BLM’s grant applications, contact BLM OHV coordinator Jim Keeler at (916) 978-4654 or email, james_keeler@ca.blm.gov.

-BLM-

California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way  Suite W1834, Sacramento, CA 95825