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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 02/27/12
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-12-30

Public Invited to Review BLM's OHV Grant Applications


The public is invited to comment on applications the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. The OHVMR grants and cooperative agreements program supports well-managed off-highway vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies (including the BLM), state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes and nonprofit entities.

Preliminary applications will be available on the division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov for review and comment from Tuesday, March 6 through Monday, April 2. The website also will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary application and submitting comments.  Public comments must be submitted to both the OHMVR and to the appropriate BLM field office.

Barstow Field Office Applications

For the Barstow Field Office, comments can be mailed to BLM, ATTN: Brad Mastin, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, or e-mailed to bmastin@blm.gov. Please include “2012 OHMVR Comments” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact the Barstow Field Office, (760) 252-6000, Brad Mastin, Outdoor Recreation Planner/OHV Grants Administrator, (760) 252-6050, or Larry Blane, Recreation Branch Supervisor, (760) 252-6040.

El Centro Field Office Applications

The El Centro Field Office is requesting funds for law enforcement, emergency medical services, education, and operations and maintenance of OHV areas. Funds would be used in fiscal year 2013.  An open house, to discuss the OHV grants, is scheduled for March 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cahuilla Ranger Station on Gecko Road in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

Information on the application is available from Neil Hamada, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Manager, at (760) 337-4451, or by email at nhamada@blm.gov .

Needles Field Office Applications

Comments on the Needles Field Office applications should be submitted to David Roan, OHV Grant Administrator at droan@blm.gov.  For more information, please contact David Roan, Needles Outdoor Recreation Planner/OHV Grants Administrator, (760) 326.7033, or Mike Ahrens, Recreation Branch Supervisor, (760) 326-7031.

Palm Springs Field Office Applications

The Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office will seek comments through a public meeting March 22, 3 to 6 p.m., at its field office, 1201 Bird Center Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262.  Formal comments to the field office should be submitted to Beth Wood, OHV Grant Coordinator at bdwood@blm.gov .

Ridgecrest Field Office Applications

The Ridgecrest Field Office will be requesting funds for law enforcement, desert restoration, and operations and maintenance of OHV recreation areas along with continued operations of the Jawbone Station Visitor Center.

Comments on the Ridgecrest Field Office applications should be submitted to Craig Beck, Recreation Branch Supervisor at cbeck@blm.gov.  For more information, please contact Dana Jacobs, Ridgecrest Outdoor Recreation Planner, (760) 384-5442, Steven Gomez, Natural Resource Specialist, (760) 384-5442, or Craig Beck, Recreation Branch Supervisor, (760) 384-5440.




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Last updated: 02-28-2012