BLM - Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor. We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me" That has to change. Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance. It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property" "Know the rules of area you are riding in " be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County. All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone. We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants. Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.
Thank you all for working this very difficult issue. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]
This Grant has me totally lost. Only Law enforcement for $260,600 from OHV funds. It states it has 1.6 million acres of land, but does not tell us how many miles of trails for OHV. How many visitors. It talks about enforcing rules, yet there is no Ground Operation Grant. So am I to assume, all trails are groomed, All trails are signed. All maps are readily available for the OHV public to use, that is if there even is any opportunity. From this grant you cannot see if there is opportunity. The public in this area is totally being shut out of OHV riding opportunity, given the history of Riverside County and monies that they took from the OHV program, and to date since 1983, nothing to show for all these monies given. I get the feeling that BLM Palm Springs has fallen over the spell or shadow of Riverside County. the bill board on Interstate 10 says it all "No OHV riding" Believe me there are thousands of OHV enthusiast in this entire region, every bell boy at hotels has a quad or motorcycle, so what are we doing for them. This grant does nothing to explain what opportunity exists for OHV? [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to the public lands for all" - 3/28/10]
I would like to comment on the BLM - Palm Springs South Coast Field Office Law Enforcement grant. I have problems with this grant, as it makes incorrect assumptions and does little to promote or protect off highway recreation. Quoting "The field office provides an estimated 1.005 million acres of riding area and over 1,500 miles of designated OHV trails." This statement professes that there are over 1 million acres of open area to operate an off-road vehicle. This is simply not the case, while there are miles of open dirt roads, there are no open areas in the district. Doing the math, 1500 miles, 10 feet wide would provide under 2000 acres of opportunity. The grant talks about using the money to protect private property, wilderness etc. It does not say how this money will be used to protect off highway recreation. This grant program is designed to be an opportunity fund, to protect OHV through law enforcement. I am sorry that you have law enforcement problems with OHV use, but until you provide opportunities that people can use, your grant should be limited. I called the office last year to ask about ohv opportunities in the Palm Springs BLM District and was told I would have to go north to San Bernardino County to go off-roading. While you do have trails, I don't believe you need $250,000 to patrol them. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 3/28/10]
Please do not give any state money to a federal agency to close our public land to us. I whole heartedly reject what the federal government is doing to our lands. They are tying to kill local economies and discourage people from living free. It appears as if they all want us to sit and a desk and enjoy the forest on a screensaver. [Casey Crandall - 3/11/10]