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    Mendocino Forest needs your letters of support for OHV program funding!

    FYI: Mendocino Forest could use your support for its OHV program. Letters and e-mails, with very specific content, are needed to support its funding. See this letter/notice from Matt Piper:

    OFF-HIGHWAY PROGRAM SUPPORTERS
    THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST NEEDS YOUR HELP!


    It is that time of year once again! As an OHV recreation visitor enjoying the Mendocino National Forest, we ask that you take the time to express your support for our 2007-2008 State OHV grant application requests. Your written support is not only welcome, it is crucial to this Forest in order to successfully compete for the limited funds available in the grant process this year.

    In 2007-2008, we plan to apply for continued State OHV grant assistance to continue providing the following activities and services:
    • Facility Operations and Maintenance– to provide basic care and maintenance of OHV staging area campgrounds, trailheads, water systems and other infrastructure.
    • Trail Conservation and Maintenance– annual OHV trail maintenance to meet required soil loss standards.
    • Law Enforcementto ensure a safe, family oriented OHV experience during your visit.
    • Restoration/Resource Protection - repair of OHV damaged areas resulting from illegal operation.
    If you have any questions regarding these requests for State OHV grant assistance funding, please be sure to call or e-mail. State regulations require that any letters, e-mail or phone calls specifically address the four Activities shown in bold above.

    We prefer letters or e-mail so we can insert your the written documentation of support into our grant application. We will need your letters no later than August 31, 2007. Our intentions are to continue the tradition of providing the best possible OHV program for our many OHV customers. With your continued help, we can make this happen for you, the hard working taxpayers of California. Your support is greatly appreciated and valued! Letters should be addressed to:

    Jeff Applegate – Resources Specialist
    Mendocino National Forest
    925 North Humboldt Ave.
    Willows, CA 95988

    E-mail should be sent to: wapplegate@fs.fed.us

    Thanks!
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    If someone has time, write a well written letter and attach it so everyone can print it out sign and send it in. I think we will get more responses that way too!!
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    Letter Sent

    I sent out my letter requesting continued funding and support.

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    I sent mine out today. Letters are due by the end of August.

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    Just sent my email.

    Cameron, let me know; I can send you a copy of my email; you can use it as a template.

    Thx Granny for letting us know about this.
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    I have gotten a couple more e-mails from Matt. I think he needs more letters and there are only a few days left to do it. I didn't post my letter form here because it wouldn't work for others on this list. If I have to, however, I can cobble something up.

    Please write this simple letter of support, if you ever went to "Mendo" and used the trails there.

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    Sent one a few days ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFDiscoII View Post
    Sent one a few days ago.
    Thanks!

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    Sent mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cambo View Post
    If someone has time, write a well written letter and attach it so everyone can print it out sign and send it in. I think we will get more responses that way too!!
    Here's an example of one that Blair Peterson sent. It's personalized, so not a template to which to just sign your name, but will perhaps give you some guidance:

    Jeff Applegate Resources Specialist
    Mendocino National Forest
    925 North Humboldt Ave.
    Willows, CA 95988

    Dear Jeff,

    I am writing this email to express my support for OHV use in the Mendocino National Forest. Though not a frequent or "hard core" OHV user, my family, friends and I enjoy occasional trips into the MNF for light off-roading and camping. We utilize a variety of roads and trails in my vintage Land Rover, and especially appreciate the remoteness, natural beauty and well-managed aspects of the trails system. The trails for the most part have the right mix of challenge and--important to me--maintenance for environmental purposes. The trips we take are sometimes in small groups (2 or 3 vehicles), and sometimes part of an outing of the Northern California Rover Club (trail maintenance, for instance).

    I appreciate that a lot of hard work and funding(!) is required to keep the MNF OHV areas operating well. To that end, I would like to express my support for continued work and funding in the following areas :

    -- Facilities such as trailheads and staging areas are functional and important to users like me. Kiosks with maps, parking areas, trailhead restrooms, etc improve the experience. This is a great way to organize how users access the trail system and should be continued and improved.

    -- Conservation and maintenance of the trails is important to mitigate erosion or other environmental damage. MNF has struck a good balance here in the past: enough maintenance but not too much. Narrow, interesting and challenging trails are the best. This program should be continued.

    -- I occasionally see Rangers patrolling the Forest for law enforcement, and I think this is a good idea. We've never had a bad experience with "yahoos" or dangerous or inconsiderate trail users, but the potential certainly exists (and I have seen evidence of their acts, such as impromptu moto trails tearing up parts of the Cedar Camp campground). The visible presence of Rangers and other MNF staff is a good reminder and helpful for everyone, and of course is critical if things go wrong by accident or intention. As OHV use grows, the possibility of "bad apples" and accidents increases, so I think it is logical that law enforcement and patrolling should be continued. It makes the experience better for everyone and helps protect the Forest.

    -- The MNF OHV trails and areas are generally in good shape. But there areas that need restoration and resource protection. As mentioned above, a balance needs to be struck to keep trails interesting, but the natural environment, especially watercourses, must be maintained and protected. Areas of illegal use must be repaired quickly to avoid repeated use-- rogue trails can be very damaging. Efforts to identify and restore/protect damaged areas should be continued.

    I appreciate the efforts put into planning and managing OHV use in MNF. Please continue these efforts and funding necessary to improve the users' experience as well to improve the environment of the Forest itself.

    Best Regards,



    Yourname here
    I think putting a reference to driving a Land-Rover (or Land Rover) is a good thing, so that Jeff and Matt know how much support they are getting from LROs. Go ahead and mention and club affiliation, too, as that helps them know that there are active Land-Rover clubs participating out there. Another reason this is all important is so that they know that 4x4s of any stripe are using the trails, not just dirt bikes and ATVs, from whom they probably hear more, while we do the trail maintenance. We want less of a dirt-bike bias out there!

    Yourname here

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