The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee Invites Public Comments on OHV Grant Application

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2016

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 INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ON OHV GRANT APPLICATION

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 a restoration project in the Eastern Expansion Area of the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, adjacent to an authorized OHV route managed by the Bureau of Land Management and California City Police Department. 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 2,700 acres of conservation lands and to begin the restoration process on disturbed areas by 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. Additionally, if conditions allow, the DTPC will begin collecting native seed for future revegetation projects.

The DTPC will also request funding to re-instate a responsible recreation education program providing important information to the OHV community. This program is intended to increase public knowledge about the effects of irresponsible OHV use and to help prevent the creation of illegal trails. 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 8, 2016 to Monday, April 4, 2016. 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 2, 2016. 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.

For more information about the proposed restoration project, please contact Jillian Estrada at (951) 683-3872 or dtpc@pacbell.net.

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