2017-2018 OHV Grant Cycle Public Input Meeting

Stewards of the Sierra National Forest Public Input Needed

2017-2018 California State Parks OHV Green Sticker Grant Meeting

The Stewards of the Sierra National Forest are requesting public input for the 2017-2018 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Green Sticker funding/proposal submission cycle by hosting General Public Open House meetings on January 10, 2018 and February 14, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The meetings will be held at the:

The Pizza Factory

37184 Ave. 12

Madera Ranchos Ca. 93643

This coming year the State of California has funds available thru the Green Sticker program for Education, Operation and Maintenance, Law Enforcement and Restoration Projects. The Stewards of the Sierra National Forest will be submitting an OHV grant application for certain sections of this funding based on your input.

As part of the application process, the Stewards of the Sierra National Forest are requesting public input and project ideas on what individuals and organizations would like to see included in our 2017-2018 grant submittal.

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the California OHV Grants Program. The grants program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high-quality, OHV recreation areas.

Public input will be gathered at these meetings or you may submit written comments by sending them to:

Stewards of the Sierra National Forest

P.O. Box 601 North Fork Ca. 93643

Attention: Steve Cowdrey

2017-2018 Grant Cycle – Important Dates to Remember:

 • January 8-12, 2018: Grants Program Workshops

• Monday January 8, 2018: Grant Application process begins. Application materials are available on the OHVMVR Divisions website.

• Monday March 5, 2018: Preliminary applications are due by 5:00 pm.

• Tuesday March 6, 2018 to Monday April 2, 2018: Public review and comment period.

• Monday May 7, 2018: Final applications are due.

• May 2018: OHMVR Division review of final applications.

• Monday June 4, 2018: Application Results / Intent to Award posted on the OHMVR Division’s website.

• Tuesday June 5, 2018 to Wednesday July 4, 2018: Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period.

• Friday July 5, 2018: Final awards posted on the OHMVR Division’s website upon resolution of any appeals.

Comments regarding the 2017-2018 State OHV funding proposal are due and needed by the Stewards no later than February 28, 2018.

A Letter of Support

A Letter of Support to the Stewards

OAKHURST PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC.

39930 Sierra Way, Suite A Oakhurst,

CA 93644 PH (559) 683-0974 FAX (559) 683-0973

Stewards of the Sierra

P.O. Box 601 North Fork, Ca 93643

Attn: Mike Wubbels

To the Stewards of the Sierra, we wish to thank you for all the work your wonderful organization does to preserve and protect the very mountains we call the Sierras. Many call the Sierra's home. The work the Stewards of the Sierra perform cleaning trails. Clearing trails and rivers to return to the mountains the grandeur we so enjoy.

Stewards of the Sierra have a notable example in Summer Pomona, volunteer. Summer works for Oakhurst Physical Therapy, yet shares her volunteerism with all who are willing to listen. Summer speaks of the joy and reward as she prepares for a work party. Summer always brings to the office wonderful photographs of her experiences which demonstrate her commitment to excellence within your organization.

We, the staff and owners of Oakhurst Physical Therapy, would like to donate in Summer Pomona's name for Two Hundred and Fifty dollars ($250.00). We would like the donation to be used in the best manner which meets the Stewards of the Sierra's ideals and mission. We rejoice for our community when volunteers proudly share the accomplishments of an organization that represents the greatness like you, the Stewards of the Sierra.

Sincerely,

Tony and Lori McLean, PT

Oakhurst Physical Therapy

39930 Sierra Way, Suite A Oakhurst, Ca. 93644

Stewards Lose A Founding Member

To All Stewards I am sad to report that once again we have lost one of our founding members from the Stewards of the Sierra.

Bruce D. Clark

Born: April 24, 1953

Passed: July 15, 2017

Bruce D. Clark died July 15, 2017 at the age of 64. He was born in Fresno, CA April 24, 1953. He had attended and graduated from Hoover High school in 1971. A mountain resident since 1972 when he found a cabin to rent in Bass Lake, CA and never left. He had resided at his home in North Fork, CA since 2001. He had founded and operated Yosemite Country Foods, since 1991. He could be seen in and around Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon happily making deliveries. He enjoyed living in the mountains; because of the proximity to the activity he loved most, riding his dirt bike in the Sierra.

He also enjoyed camping and spending time with friends and family. He is survived by his partner of 14 years, Dawn R. Connelly, Mother Barbara Rogers Louden (Tom), Sister Adele Howard (Martin), children Christopher Clark (fiancée Catherine) and Samuel Clark (Crystal). Sam and Crystal had just blessed him with his first grandchild Oliver Clark.

A Celebration of Life is planned for August 12, 2017. A memorial service is planned at 1pm, followed by social time until 4 pm. It will be held at North Fork Rancheria Community Center. In lieu of flowers or money, please donate to an outdoor non-profit you are passionate about.

Support Designation of an OHV Receration Area in California

Support Designation of an OHV Recreation Area in CA! H.R. 1913 Would Establish the Clear Creek Recreation Area Please urge your Senators to support H.R. 1913, the “Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act.” H.R. 1913 would reopen the Clear Creek Management Area in central California and protect access to trails, roads, and other areas on BLM land that were previously used for off highway vehicle recreation prior to the Clear Creek Management Area closure in 2008.

The U.S. House passed H.R. 1913 in July of this year, and the legislation now sits before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. As a California specific issue, Members of the ENR Committee are hesitant to take a position on the legislation without the California delegation’s consent. It is important for California OHV enthusiasts to show California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris your support for access and for legislation that protects opportunities for motorized recreation.

Please send a letter encouraging your Senators to support H.R. 1913.

Soquel-Grey's Mountain Trail Appreciation Day

 Soquel-Grey’s Mountain

Trail Appreciation Day

 Roads 6S10 & 6S90 Staging Area

Saturday June 3, 2017 


Well spring has come and gone and we are well on our way into summer and the Forest Service has swung most of the locked gates open for the public to start using the forest again for the year.  The conditions in the forest just cannot get any better than they are right now and what a great time to come out and lend a hand to help make your forest a better place.  


This was going to be our 5th Annual Whiskey Falls Trail Appreciation Day but due to the record setting rain and snow pack 206% of normal and the fact that Forest Rd 8S09 (Peckinpah Road) is washed out and you cannot get to the Whiskey Falls area very easily we decided to move the Trail Appreciation Day to the Soquel-Grey’s Mountain area. 


Please come join the Stewards of the Sierra National Forest and the Bass Lake Ranger District for a fun day of driving, riding, and trail appreciation support in the Soquel-Grey’s Mountain Area located at the intersection of Forest Road 6S10 (Sky Ranch Rd) and 6S90 just past the bridge on the left. Just turn onto Road 632 (Sky Ranch/6S10) from Hwy 41 and follow it until you get to the Staging Area.  For you GPS minded folks ( N 37° 26’ 62”  W 119° 33” 55”) just above Oakhurst California.  We will meet at the New Bridge Staging Area at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning June 3, 2017 and will split into groups from there.


Our mission for the day is to have some fun riding around the area and do some light maintenance on the road and trail system and remove as much of the unsightly waste left lying around.  The Stewards of the Sierra will provide all of the tools and supplies necessary to accomplish this great day of giving back to the forest and helping to improve and keep your riding areas open.  At the end of the day the Stewards will be hosting a FREE BBQ LUNCH and our sponsors will be hosting a FREE RAFFLE TABLE full of swag. 


To help us plan and make sure we have enough Drinks, Equipment, and Food please take a moment to REGISTER (Click Here).  Or go to www.sotsnf.org  and click on the REGISTRATION BANNER and let us know how many of you will be attending.  Or give me a call at Steve 559-977-2482.  Let’s make this Soquel-Grey’s Mountain Trail Appreciation Day a great one and kick off a great summer of fun in the forest.