The LTBMU fails to get any OHV funds

This OHV season, the CA State Parks OHV Division made available almost $11 million dollars for OHV issues, projects, maintenance, law enforcement, education, etc.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) failed to obtain a single penny of it. In comparison, the Eldorado National Forest (ENF) received $438k and the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) received $650k.

CA State Parks grant results

There is a 30 day grace period for the agency requesting funds to ask that their grant be reviewed and rescored but don’t hold your breath. This is the second straight year the grant writers and administrators at the LTBMU have fallen short. I think it’s safe to say the LTBMU needs a new grant writing staff.

Here’s the problem, even though the LTBMU didn’t receive CA State Parks grant funding, they are still required to manage OHV on their forest. It’s just going to be that much more difficult without specific funding for OHV.

I’m using this lack of funding problem to push the LTBMU to reinstate the Adopt-A-Trail program they dumped two years ago.

If you or your club, group, business or organization would like to adopt an OHV trail within the LTBMU, email them, call them, hound them, do not take no for an answer, Right now I only know of the Twin peaks Trail in South Lake Tahoe, the Buck Lake Trail off the Rubicon and the Middle Fork Trail up Blackwood Canyon (just north of the Rubicon) that historically have been adopted.

That list doesn’t include the pre-Placer County Rubicon when the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s had the entire east side of the trail adopted. For adopting a section of the Placer side of the Rubicon Trail, contact the Rubicon Trail Foundation.

Here is a list of OHV trails within the basin from the LTBMU website. Not all trails are listed. Check the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for more trails.

Lake Tahoe – East Shore

  • Genoa Peak Road 14N32
  • Kingsbury Stinger 18E39.3
  • Logan House 14N33

Lake Tahoe – North Shore

  • Kings Beach 18E18
  • Mt Watson 73E

Lake Tahoe – South Lake Tahoe

  • Corral Trail 18E14
  • Hellhouse Road 12N01D
  • High Meadows Trail 18E33A
  • Power Line Road 12N08
  • Sand Pit 12N08
  • Sawmill Pond 12N30
  • Twin Peaks 12n30

Lake Tahoe – West Shore

  • Buck Lake Road – 14N40
  • McKinney / Rubicon Trailhead
  • Noonchester 14N34A


Please step up, adopt a trail, push the LTBMU to work with the users!






LTBMU fails to get ANY grant funding!

Here is an email I received this morning (May 18 @ 9:40am). It appears that the LTBMU has failed to get ANY OHV grant funding from CA State Parks.

Good morning Mr. Barr,

I hope all is well with you.

Walt Saborio forwarded me your email regarding the LTBMU.   Unfortunately, the LTBMU was disqualified for this grant cycle for failure to follow appropriate regulations.  You may contact them if you have questions about their application.

If you have any questions on the program or the grant cycle, please let me know.



From: Saborio, Walt@Parks Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 8:36 AM To: Fernandez, Sixto@Parks Subject: FW: LTBMU grant

LTBMU grant comments are in

The public has spoken regarding the proposed grant requested by the LTBMU. In short, the public does not support a grant that does not support four wheel drive trails. Specifically, the public does not support mountain bike trail maintenance with OHV funds.

Here is a link to the comments on the LTBMU grant request:

Most of the comments are from South Tahoe locals who either drive Twin Peaks or ride the Sand Pits. These locals not only use our public lands for OHV enjoyment but they also step up and volunteer to maintain these areas. Both the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s and STORM (South Tahoe Off Road Motorcycle club) members took the time to comment. Thank you to everyone that commented.

Hopefully, the LTBMU will read and act on the comments and include 4wd trails and the Sand Pits in a rewrite of the grant proposal.

This is how the process is supposed to work. Let’s hope it continues to work.

Open house report

Yesterday afternoon, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) held an OHV open house from 4-7pm at their headquarters in South Lake Tahoe. Almost any OHV topic was fair game. There were about 18 users in attendance; 3-4 4wd clubs, a motorcycle club, interested citizens and an OHV business owner. Most people stayed for the whole three hour event. A few left and a few more showed up.

Overall, the event went well and most everyone got their questions answered and everyone gave comment and suggestion to the LTBMU. My thanks to the LTBMU for setting this up.

The LTBMU had people from the recreation department and the engineering department. They are transitioning and/or splitting OHV management from recreation to engineering. I’m not really sure they have a complete management plan for OHV.

There were also LEOs from the LTBMU and Ca State Parks. Ca State Parks had another representative who oversees the grant implementation for the LTBMU and other grants in the area. Unfortunately, they left before the end of the event. A few questions came up just for them.

The grant was discussed and the LTBMU stated that it wanted to focus its attention on finishing a project at Corral riding area started years ago. Many were concerned there was no money for 4wd trails, only motorcycle/ATV trails. The LTBMU claimed that they didn’t want to submit a scattered grant application that might look like they didn’t really have a plan. FYI, the LTBMU has already altered its grant application to ask for money to help open the pit toilets at OHV trailheads early, weather permitting.

There are new forms for “user agreements”. All the old ones have expired (and will expire every two years). Every member of the club or group needs to fill out the three page form that is mostly a series of questions where you need to just check a box. Finalizing shouldn’t take more than week. This has not been the case in the past. The users agreement allows the volunteer to work anywhere on the LTBMU, as long as it is a pre-approved project.

The LTBMU seems to have forgotten what an Adopt-A-Trail program is although they have currently have clubs with adoption paperwork. I’ll be pushing to get the LTBMU back on track with more AAT agreements.

The LTBMU has reaffirmed it will be revising their Motor Vehicle Use Map this fall. Although they claim it is only to make it more accurate, we need to stay on top of this so we don’t lose any trails. If fact, we should comment that certain trails need to be reopened. Start thinking what trails you might want reopened. (Duck Lake, North Fork, what else)

Also to be addressed with the MVUM revisions are opening dates. The LTBMU said they are open to using science and measurements on the trail in order to determine when they should open in place of a hard date. This could work to our advantage on snow years like the past three but it could work against us on the late/heavy winter years.

Off topic a little bit, the Sand Pits area in South Lake Tahoe near Twin peaks is set to open May 10th, two days early.

The Hum/Toy MVUM is missing the ‘middle section’. Not sure what that means but they are looking in to reprinting the maps.

Here’s a new twist, the LTBMU claims that the state has authority over the Rubicon Trail. The question of whether green sticker vehicles are legal on the “state route” came up. Technically, green stickers are not legal but have been allowed historically. We were assured that the enforcement will not change anytime in the near future.

It went well but in order to see if it really was a success we’ll have to wait and see if the LTBMU actually acts on any of our suggestions.



LTBMU to hold OHV open house

Change of the hours: it should have read 4pm to 7pm!


This is a great opportunity to let the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit know how we feel about how they are managing our OHV trails. They will be open for discussion on the proposed grant, the management of Twin Peaks, the Rubicon Trail and all other OHV related subjects.

Let’s get a big turn out and let the Basin know we care about our OHV trails and how we would like to see them managed.

Forest Service to hold open house on off-highway vehicle use

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on designated routes within the Lake Tahoe Basin on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s office at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150.

The open house provides an opportunity for the public to meet Forest Service OHV, engineering, trails and recreation staff and ask questions regarding the LTBMU Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreational (OHMVR) Grant application.  Local OHV club members will be on hand to discuss membership and volunteer opportunities sponsored by the Forest Service.

Contact Adrian Escobedo at for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings.

For more information, contact Tim Merten at 530-543-2863 or