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Comment Period Open For SNF Off-Highway Vehicle Program

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2019 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle.

Part of the grant process is gathering input or project ideas that individuals and organizations would like to have included in the 2018 submission. This feedback will be considered in development of the preliminary grant applications and as final applications are prepared.

Written comments may be submitted beginning Wednesday, Dec. 20 to:

Sierra National Forest, Attn. Jody Nickerson

1600 Tollhouse Road

Clovis, CA 93611

You can also email: jnickerson@fs.fed.us.

Comments regarding the OHV funding proposal should be received by close of business Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, the SNF will host an open house at its Forest headquarters located at 1600 Tollhouse Road in Clovis between 6 and 8 p.m. to allow for public review and comment on the preliminary 2018 grant cycle application(s).

Feedback from the meeting and the public comment period will be considered in the development of preliminary grant application(s) being sent to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division.

2018 Grant Cycle – Important Dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 – SNF open house for public review and comment
  • Friday, Jan. 19 – Public comments due to SNF for consideration
  • Monday, Mar. 5 – Preliminary applications are due to OHMVR by 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 6 to Monday, April 2 – Second public review and comment period
  • Monday, May 7 – Final applications are due to OHMVR
  • May 2018 – OHMVR Division reviews final applications
  • Monday, Jun. 4 – Application Results / Intent to Award posted on the State OHMVR Division’s website (http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164)
  • Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018 to Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period.
  • Thursday, Jul. 5 – Final awards posted on the State OHMVR Division’s website upon resolution of any appeals

For more information please contact Sierra National Forest Recreation Officer, Jody Nickerson, at 559-297-0706 x 4943.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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