THE DTPC INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ON OHV GRANT APPLICATION

Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, Inc.

News Release

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2014

Contact: Mary Logan (951-683-3872) or dtpc@pacbell.net

 

 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 for a restoration project in the Expansion Areas of the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, which abut authorized OHV routes 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 4,400 acres of conservation lands, and to begin restoration of the disturbed areas to their natural state.  If funded, the DTPC will install wildlife-friendly fencing around areas of contiguous conservation lands and will use vertical mulching and other techniques for camouflage restoration of unauthorized routes in areas where fencing is not feasible.  The DTPC will work with restoration crews and volunteers to remove trash from the restoration sites and to control invasive plant infestations along closed, unauthorized routes.  Additionally, if conditions allow, the DTPC will begin collecting native seeds for future revegetation projects.

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 4, 2014 until Monday, April 7, 2014. 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 5, 2014.

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

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