News Release

For Release: March 2, 2009                                                        
Contact:  John Dearing/Jan Bedrosian, 916-978-4610, email: jdearing@ca.blm.gov;
CA-SO-09-06

BLM Invites Public Review of OHV Grant Applications

The public is invited to comment on the 2009 applications the Bureau of Land Management has submitted to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR).  The public review and comment period will run from Tuesday, March 3 through Wednesday, April 1.

The OHV grant applications are an annual process that is a key part of the partnership between BLM and the state of California, which issues grants to a variety of entities to improve or mitigate off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.  Under this process, BLM applies for grants from the state each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV program. 

View the applications online at OHMVR's website at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/.  Copies are also available at BLM's field offices in Arcata, Bakersfield, Barstow, Bishop, El Centro, Folsom, Needles, Palm Springs, Redding, Ridgecrest, Susanville, and Ukiah, as well as the BLM Desert District Office in Moreno Valley, and the state office in Sacramento.   For copies of grant applications being submitted by the Desert Managers Group and for California public lands along the Colorado River, contact the California State Office.  Information is also available on BLM's website at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/recreation.html.

The draft 2009 BLM applications encompass approximately 90 projects, ranging from law enforcement, facility developments, trails projects, restoration work and other OHV related projects proposed throughout BLM’s 16 field offices in the state. 

Jim Keeler, BLM OHV coordinator, said the BLM is also reaching out to interested publics through mailings, public meetings, personal contacts and through BLM-California's e-newsletter, News.bytes.  For further details on BLM’s grant applications, contact Keeler at (916) 978-4654 or email, james_keeler@ca.blm.gov.

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