The California State Park’s Transformation Team’s Recommendations have been released and within is this alarming statement about the state’s highly successful OHV program:
The current organization structure separates these important recreation services from the rest of the services provided by the department. Visitors would be better served by fully integrating these services into the rest of the department.
What would this mean? It would mean an end to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of State Parks.
First, this division exclusively manages the extremely popular State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs). Second, it administers the all-important Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program which “provides for well managed off-highway vehicle recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to agencies and nonprofit entities.
This Grants Program supports the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance, administration, operation, enforcement, restoration, and conservation of trails, trailheads, areas, and other facilities associated with the use of off-highway motor vehicles, and programs involving off-highway motor vehicle safety or education.” Without this Grants Program, OHV recreation in California would quickly become unsustainable.
Friends of El Mirage relies on the annual grants program to provide funding for education, signing, trail improvements, vault toilet maintenance and instillation, and campsite maintenance and much, much more.
What makes the California OHV Grants program unique is that it is ENTIRELY USER FUNDED. All funds come from green and red sticker registrations, fuel taxes, and entry fees charged at SVRAs. This ensures that funds collected from OHV users are put directly back into providing riding opportunities across the state of California.
This latest threat to recreation opportunity requires an immediate and forceful response from the OHV community. The Motor Vehicle Recreation Division MUST be preserved and kept separate!
What can you do?
First, visit SaveCaliforniaOHV.org today. There you can message the decision makers to make your voice heard.
Secondly, on July 19th in Sacramento, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be a public open-house held. It is critical that as many riders and their families and friends attend this meeting as possible. California State Parks must be forced to acknowledge that the motivation behind folding the OHV program into California State Parks has nothing to do with better serving visitors and everything to do with attempting to take advantage of what they see as “easy money” to be used toward non-OHV interests.
Please take a moment to ACT NOW. Do NOT allow California State Parks to put an end to this vital program.
Meeting: The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 19 at the Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Agenda.