Volunteers welcome for project day at Fort Sage OHV Area

A large rock formation in the high desert. (Photo by Daniel Pettys, BLM)

SUSANVILLE, Calif.  – Volunteers are welcome to join staff from the Bureau of Land Management in projects to improve the Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area near Doyle, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 11 a.m.

OHV enthusiasts can stop by the Raptor Trailhead booth to sign up for projects, including trash cleanup and installation of new kiosk information panels at Fort Sage trailheads.  Anyone interested should contact Adam Butler at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville at abutler@blm.gov, or by telephone at 530-252-5326.

The volunteer accomplishments will add to the projects to be completed by BLM crews during October.  Work will include road and trail restoration and removal of dead trees.

The work is being completed during the statewide observance of OHV Safety Awareness Week, happening Oct. 16-24, a promotion by California State Parks’ Division of Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Division.

The Division has contributed more than $530 million in support of OHV recreation since 1971, awarding nearly eight million dollars to BLM-California’s OHV programs this past grant cycle. Funded projects include ground operations, restoration, education and safety, planning, and law enforcement projects that benefit the 25,000 miles of OHV opportunities the BLM has to offer in the state of California.  

“California sees 5.2 million OHV recreationists visiting BLM-managed public lands each year,” said Briana Halstead, BLM California’s OHV and travel management lead. “Whether a novice or seasoned OHV enthusiast, safety education is essential to the OHV experience and is why the BLM fully supports the ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign with key points to ensure safety, while recreating on public lands.”

The Fort Sage OHV Area provides 100 miles of roads and trails for dirt bikes, all terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive trucks, with routes designed for riders and drivers of all abilities.  Camping is allowed free of charge at trailheads that include toilets, picnic areas, fire rings and loading facilities.

To get there, take the Laver Crossing Road off U. S. Highway 395 north of Doyle and follow signs to the main trailheads.

Visitors to BLM-managed off-highway vehicle lands can learn more about locations, regulations, fees, safety tips and planning, by visiting the BLM’s off-highway vehicles on public lands website here. Also receive more information about BLM-motorized recreational opportunities by clicking on this interactive map.

More information is available at www.blm.gov/visit/fort-sage-highway-vehicle-area.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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