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Forest Service seeks input on off-highway vehicle grant application

LTBMU is seeking comments on OHMVR grant application. The 30-day grant application comment period begins Tuesday, March 6 and ends Monday, April 2.

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is in the process of finalizing a grant to help maintain off-highway vehicle trails and facilities and, once completed, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the application.

LTBMU must finish its application for an annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant by Monday. The 30-day grant application comment period begins the next day, Tuesday, March 6, and ends Monday, April 2.

The OHMVR application requests funding for trail maintenance, and operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle (OHV) access in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Lisa Herron, public affairs specialist with LTBMU, said the local Forest Service office has been successful in receiving grant funding in previous years.

The funding helps with projects that are not covered by federally appropriated funds.

"These annual grants provide important funds that allow the Forest Service to maintain OHV trails and facilities, repair winter storm damage and restore trailside environments, as well as providing patrolling and monitoring of these areas," Jacob Quinn, LTBMU trails program coordinator, said in a press release. "I encourage anyone interested in the OHV program to comment on the state website, or contact me to discuss their ideas on these proposals."

The grant application will be available for public review and comment on the state of California's website at ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164. During the public review and comment period, public input can be submitted online using the state of California electronic forms, or by contacting the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit directly.

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Questions, comments or letters can be directed to Quinn at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150. Contact Quinn at 530-543-2609 or email jmquinn@fs.fed.us.