Porterville, CA – You can help shape the future of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use within the Sequoia National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office jurisdiction. The Forest and BLM will hold a public meeting/workshop Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kern River Ranger District Office (11380 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA), to obtain public input into the development of preliminary 2019 off-highway vehicle grant proposals to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR).

This meeting will allow the public to share desires and concerns pertaining to the Sequoia National Forest and the BLM’s OHV programs before the preliminary grant application deadline of March 4. The FS and BLM will incorporate feedback from the workshop into their 2019 grant applications, enabling continued management of a sustainable program that benefits the users and protects resources.

2019 Grant Cycle – Important Dates

  • Monday, Jan. 14: Grant application process begins. Application materials are available on the OHMVR Division’s website.
  • Monday, March 4: Preliminary applications are due.
  • Tuesday, March 5, to Monday, May 6: Public review and comment period.
  • Monday, June 3: Final applications are due.
  • June and July: OHMVR Division review of final applications.
  • Monday, Aug. 5: Application Results – Intent to Award posted on the OHMVR Division’s website http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6, to Wednesday, Sept. 4: Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period.
  • Thursday, Sept. 5: Final awards posted on the OHMVR Division’s website upon resolution of any appeals.

The Forest Service application will focus on maintaining off-road vehicle routes, facilities, signage, law enforcement and education. The OHMVR and Sequoia National Forest have maintained a successful partnership for more than 25 years.

The BLM application will focus on providing law enforcement support, equipment for development and maintenance for OHV areas, as well as funding for upkeep and patrols.

For more information or to provide your comments through other means, please contact Sequoia National Forest Recreation Officer, Karen Miller, at 559-784-1500 or kgmiller@fs.fed.us, or BLM Bakersfield Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Brie Chartier, at 661-391-6000 or BLM_CA_Web_BK@blm.gov.