TNF open house for 2018 OHV grants

The Tahoe National Forest will be holding an open house for users to voice their opinions on what needs to be done to our TNF trails. I’m going to try and make this one but I won’t stay the full three hours.

I encourage everyone to stop by and talk OHV with those that manage our resources. It’s a great time to et to know those involved.

 

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST 631 Coyote Street Nevada City, CA 95959 www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/

News Release

Contact: Joe Flannery 530-478-6205 or 530-587-3558 jflannerye@fs.fed.us February 5, 2018

Open House Planned for Tahoe National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Program Grant Application

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled an open house in preparation for an annual application to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, to request funding for trail maintenance, restoration, development of facilities, law enforcement, and planning for off-highway vehicle (OHV) access.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the Forest Service will host an open house from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for individuals and organizations to provide input and review proposals for the application.

“I encourage anyone interested in the OHV program to drop by this informal open house to discuss their ideas on these proposals,” said Joe Chavez, Tahoe National Forest Trails Program Coordinator. Written comments are encouraged by February 23.

These annual grants provide important funds for the Forest Service to develop and maintain trails and trailheads, repair winter storm damage and restore trailside environments, as well as provide patrolling and monitoring of these areas. When finalized, the grants will be available for public review and comment on the State of California’s website (http://ohv.parks.ca.gov) from March 6 – April 2, 2018.

What:              Open House to discuss off highway vehicle grant proposals

Where:            Tahoe National Forest Headquarters

631 Coyote St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Upstairs conference room (enter from upper parking lot behind building)

 When:             Thursday evening – February 15, 2018

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Questions, comments or letters can be directed to:

Joe Chavez, Forest Trails Program Coordinator

Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Email: joetchavez@fs.fed.us

(530) 478-6158

 

 

 

 


OHV grants available to clubs

Extreme Terrain has a program for helping clubs with projects on their local trails. They call it the “Clean Trail Grant Program”. They will award up to $250 to a club doing trail maintenance on a public trail. There are very few requirements and the grant application is (pardon the pun) extremely short and simple to fill out.

Along with awarding grants to clubs, Extreme Terrain has donated to the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s raffle that we hold every year at our annual Poker Run. Here’s a link to our Poker Run if you haven’t signed up yet:

https://www.laketahoehilos.com/gamblers-poker-run-registrati

This summer, I’m hoping to use this grant program for local trails in the Lake Tahoe Basin area. The Hi-Lo’s will go through the process and I’ll report back on how smooth it works out.

If you’d like more information on the “Clean Trail Grant Program” click the link below and go to the Community Support section and click on the “Clean Trails” photo.

https://www.extremeterrain.com/clean-trail-initiative-program.html

It’s free funding for the projects you’re already planning to go out and do. Why not let Extreme Terrain help with the funding?

 

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Governor Signs OHV Bill!!!!

Long link but I didn’t feel like editing it down.

Regardless, the Governor of CA has signed the bill regarding OHV grant funding. Our funding is now permanent!!!!

Details here…

https://cal4wheel.com/latest-news/access-issues/802-ohmvr-bill-signed-program-is-permanent?utm_source=CA4WDA+Updates&utm_campaign=1622decf44-ohv-bill-signed-100317&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d30f6c948f-1622decf44-46754891&mc_cid=1622decf44&mc_eid=jiw4cBftlQ


Morris Rock (The Steps)

For those of you that haven’t seen them, a few new boulders appeared on Cadillac Hill after this past epic winter, just below Morris Rock.

Here’s a photo looking down Morris Rock. The three large boulders on the right are new.

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It looks like someone has started to split the new boulders. Look at the three drill marks on the face of the rock with a horizontal face.

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The new boulders make the approach a little narrow but I watched a JK with a trailer make it without issues last week.

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Richardson Lake Trail re-route!

Yesterday, I received an email from a forest service employee boasting some great trail work on the Richardson Lake Trail up to Sourdough Hill. The only pictures he included were those of trails demolished and covered in trees and brush. I was horrified!

The series of pictures looked like this…

 

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The next morning, I was up at 5:15am and out by 6:15am to get to the trail to see what the Forest Service had done to one of my trails.

Although the Forest Service had blocked off the last climb to the summit of Sourdough Hill, they had put in a switch back and more than a quarter mile of new trail.

For those of you who’ve never been there, here is a photo of the old route. This does not give you the idea of how steep this trail was originally. The ruts show previous wheel spinning and rain runoff causing erosion.

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The old trail can be seen on the right side of the next picture, the new route goes from left to right in front of my Jeep. This reroute was warranted as the old route was a steep, loose, rocky, rutted trail that was causing erosion and was not safe as shown in the previous picture.

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A better look up the trail after the switchback…

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Here is another look up the blocked off ‘hill climb’…

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Up from the switchback…

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Back in to the trees. Note the trees cut down in order to create this new trail.

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Nearing the summit. Those familiar with the trail should know the radio hut is to your left in this picture. You used to come up to the summit with the hut on your right.

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The parking area is the same as before you just approach it from the bottom not the top.

Here is a shot of where the trail used to come up. (The radio hut to my left.)

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Poser shot at the summit! A selfie if you count the shadow.

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Views on the way down.

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Hats off to the Forest Service for the reroute but I need to talk to my contact about communicating the entire story with more pictures.

 

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