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Article by Don Amador
March 20, 2016
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OHV Key Partner in National Monument Dedication
COWBOY CAMP, CA (March 19) - A popular BLM equestrian campground was the site for the official dedication ceremony for the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was joined by Members of Congress, local elected officials, state dignitaries, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, BLM National Director Neil Kornze, other FS/BLM officials, and diverse user groups including OHV recreationists.
Mendocino NF's Ann Carlson and BLM Ukiah Field Office's Rich Burns
Welcome Folks to Dedication
California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird
What made this event unique is that OHV recreation was featured as a key partner in development of the plan to bring additional resources to enhance both conservation efforts and existing/ future non-motorized and motorized recreational opportunities within the Monument boundary.
Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi Hand Out
Certificates of Appreciation
All of the speakers noted that OHV recreation has been, and will continue to be, an important part of the recreation program in the Monument.
OHMVR Commission Chairman, Ted Cabral, Visits
with Jay Watson, Director of the Student Conservation Association
In addition to the official dedication ceremony, the event had two other official activities. Those were a morning hike on non-motorized trails and an afternoon 4x4 tour of the BLM’s Walker Ridge where the agency is getting ready to start the route designation process.
Rigs Lined Up for Start of 4x4 OHV Tour
Secretary Sally Jewell, former CEO of REI, was very engaged with the 4x4 tour’s participants which included the Mendocino 4x4 Club, Matson Breakey/MetalCloak, CA OHV Program staff, BRC, Tuleyome, and FS/BLM officials.
Official 4x4 Tour Map
The group got to visit with Secretary Jewell on a broad range of subjects including the CA OHV program, trail volunteerism, partnerships, modern trail management prescriptions, potential new trail designations within the Monument, special recreation permit reform, and other OHV recreation topics.
Secretary Sally Jewell Talks with 4x4 Tour Group
A lot of credit for this collaborative effort goes to Tuleyome, the regional conservation group that has been working with OHV and other stakeholder groups for the past 6-7 years to help ensure a bright future for multiple-use recreation on lands managed by the Forest Service and BLM.
This part of California is host to numerous destination OHV areas including BLM’s Cow Mountain Recreation Area and the Knoxville OHV Area. The Mendocino National Forest manages both the Upper Lake and Stonyford OHV Areas. This area is also home to many OHV permitted events including enduros and dual sport/adventure rides.
OHMVRD Booth at Dedication
The California State Park Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) was at this event to highlight the important long-term relationship between the FS/BLM and OHMVRD’s grant program that helps support trail maintenance, restoration projects, and law enforcement on the federal units.
Site of Monument Dedication
OHV recreation will continue to play an important role in helping shape its future by participating in development of the Monument Management Plan. This will be a multi-year process where local input will be critical.
California Conservation Corps is an Important Trail Partner
OHV clubs and individuals will also continue to be an important volunteer workforce to help maintain current and new trail opportunities.
Mendocino NF Staff
These types of bipartisan partnerships between OHV, land agencies, and conservation groups will continue to evolve as a key element to managed recreation in the 21st Century.
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Don Amador is a contractor to the BlueRibbon Coalition and serves as their western representative. Don is also president of Quiet Warrior Racing/Consulting. He writes from his office in Oakley, CA. Don may be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org