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2017 California Parks and Recreation OHMVRD Grant Cycle

The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee (DTPC) invites public comments on its preliminary grant application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. The DTPC is requesting funding to support two restoration projects in the Western and Southern expansion areas of the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area. The purpose of the Restoration Grants Program, as defined by the OHMVR Division, is to provide Ecological Restoration or Repair to habitat damaged by authorized or unauthorized OHV use. The DTPC seeks restoration funds to prevent continued habitat degradation related to unauthorized OHV activity on approximately 930 acres of conservation lands and to begin the restoration process on disturbed areas by installing protective fencing. The DTPC will provide some matching dollars to the project. If funded, the DTPC will install wildlife-friendly fencing around areas of contiguous conservation lands, followed by trash removal and control of invasive plant infestations. Where fencing is not feasible, unauthorized routes will be camouflaged to discourage unauthorized use.

The DTPC would appreciate your comments on these projects. You can review the grant applications, along with those from other agencies, local governments, and non-profits, on-line at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. The public comment period is open from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to Monday, April 3, 2017. Comments should be sent directly to the OHMVR Division at ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov and to the DTPC at dtpc@pacbell.net. Late comments will be forwarded to the division separately. Final grant applications are due May 1, 2017. For more information about the proposed restoration project, a public meeting will be held at the DTPC office in Riverside to provide an overview of both projects. Please contact the DTPC office at (951) 683 – 3872 or dtpc@pacbell.net for additional information.

Outreach and Education Events

Find us at the following upcoming events and meetings for information about us and the desert tortoise:

March 25, 11-3pm – Naturalist Season Welcome Party (DTRNA)

April 4, 5:00pm – Kern County Audobon Society Meeting (Bakersfield)

April 7, 7:00pm – California Turtle & Tortoise Club Inland Empire Chapter Meeting (Redlands)

May 29, 10:30-5:30 – California City Desert Tortoise Days (California City Central Park)

New Merchandise!

8" and 11" plush tortoises

8″ and 11″ plush tortoises

We are now selling plush tortoises in two sizes: 8″ and 11″. These items will also be sold at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area during the spring naturalist season. Buy them here. We have also launched a new “Adopt a tortoise” program.


                                                                              Photo Credits: Freya Reder ©