Los Padres seeks public comment on OHV grant application

Contact(s): Alicia Sanchez Scott at (805) 925-9538 x. 235

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that recreation managers are seeking public comments on proposals for the State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant program.

The Los Padres National Forest is proposing to submit grant applications supporting OHV management activities on the national forest. The grant proposals include projects for operations and maintenance, and law enforcement.

The State is using an Internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for grant funding. Preliminary applications are due March 4, 2019. This will open a month-long public review and comment period which runs from March 5 to May 6, 2019. The final grant applications are due June 3, 2019.

Forest officials are providing an open house opportunity for interested parties to meet with OHV managers to discuss and provide input into the development of the grant applications and provide comments for the preliminary applications. The public open house is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This meeting will be located at the Santa Lucia Ranger Station, 1616 North Carlotti Drive in Santa Maria.

After March 4, preliminary applications will be available for public review and comment online by visiting the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Hard copies may be requested by contacting Alicia Sanchez Scott at (805) 925-9538 x. 235.

Comments should be submitted via email to www.ohv.parks.ca.gov  and also mailed to Los Padres National Forest, 1616 N. Carlotti Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454, Attention:  Alicia Sanchez Scott.

The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation and Los Padres National Forest have maintained a successful partnership for more than 30 years, with funding assistance for well-managed OHV recreation on National Forest lands.