Public input invited for OHV grants

The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting in Ridgecrest on Wednesday, Feb 13, to solicit input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

The meeting will be held 5-6 p.m. at the local field office, located at 300 S. Richmond Rd.

Proposed grant applications are being prepared by the BLM staff for the 2018-2019 grant cycle.

“The OHMVR Division’s Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed off-highway-vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies, state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American tribes and nonprofit entities,” states a press release from the BLM.

“As a steward, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in pursuit of its multiple-use mission.”

The BLM applies for grants each year to help fund and coordinate its off-highway vehicle programs.

The grants support OHV management activities such as law enforcement, resource protection, planning and monitoring, visitor services and maintenance on BLM lands throughout the state.

Preliminary applications must be submitted no later than March 4. Preliminary applications will be available at www.ohv.parks.ca. gov/ for additional public review and comment from March 5 through May 6.

The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary applications and submitting comments. Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR Division and to the appropriate BLM field office by May 6.

Story First Published: 2019-02-01