Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee Invites Comments on Cal Parks OHV Grant

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 restoration monitoring and restoration efforts in all areas adjacent to 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 funds to continue monitoring and restoration efforts related to unauthorized OHV activity on approximately 4600 acres of conservation land. The DTPC will provide some matching dollars to the project. If funded, the DTPC will be hiring an American Conservation Crew to conduct all restoration monitoring in areas directly adjacent to the DTRNA, use a citizen science approach to report fence damage and illegal incursions, use funds to repair fence damage due to incursions, and control invasive species along boundary areas commonly traveled by OHV users.

The DTPC would appreciate your comments on this project. You can review the grant application, 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 3, 2020 to Monday, May 4, 2020. Comments should be sent directly to the OHMVR Division at ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov and to the DTPC at dtpc@tortoise-tracks.org. Late comments will be forwarded to the division separately.

 

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