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MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 01:28 AM
This year the Stewards (http://www.sotsnf.org) group submitted a 'Ground Operations' grant (http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1140/files/CA%20Trail%20Users%20Coal%20GO.pdf) through the CA OHV Division to help maintain OHV routes in the Sierra NF. This is our Green Sticker funds at work.

I'm happy to report that we were successful in our grant submission, and will put approximately $35k back 'on the ground' to help maintain our access rights. We back up a 'match' in volunteer labor.

Due to the limited amount of regular volunteer labor we have, many of the routes the Stewards proposed are wider trails & routes that appeal to a broad OHV use, such as dirt bikes, quads, UTVs. We had sit-down meetings with various Sierra NF employees to help identify routes in 'most need' to help there inclusion in the final MVUM and Travel Management ROD (Record of Decision).

The following is the list of routes we will be working on this year, totaling 28.4 miles:

5S06 (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 3.0 miles
5S22 (Drainage / Surface) - 2.1 miles
5S22X (Drainage) - 1.7 miles
5S22Y (Drainage) - 1.7 miles
5S22YA (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 0.5 miles
5S95 (Drainage / Surface) - 3.2 miles
5S95X (Drainage / Surface) - 1.0 miles
6S11C (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 0.5 miles
6S26 (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 2.5 miles
6S36 (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 2.0 miles
6S40XA (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 1.2 miles
6S59 (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 4.0 miles ... this is the Shuteye OHV route
6S88 (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 3.0 miles
5S38Y (Drainage / Surface / Brushing) - 2.1 miles

Over the course of this year, we will be making plans to tackle each one. We will send out emails to our members when dates are finalized, and I'll also post those dates in this thread.

Please consider coming out for a day and lending a hand to help keep our trails & routes in good shape, and more importantly, OPEN :cool:

Also, the Stewards of the Sierra have a monthly meeting every 2nd Wed. at the Pizza Factory in the Madera Ranchos (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Ranchos+Pizza+Factory,+37184+Ave+12,+Madera,+CA+93636-7611&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=49.978077,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=Ranchos+Pizza+Factory,&hnear=37184+Ave+12,+Madera,+CA+93636&ll=36.924182,-119.872963&spn=0.011991,0.01929&t=h&z=16) at 7pm. Everyone with a pro-access mindset is encouraged to attend!

Thanks!

Matt

adam45
Jun 8th, 2010, 04:52 PM
That is great news matt! thank you and the stewards for your hard work.
I will help and volunteer for the work days.

montibank
Jun 8th, 2010, 05:02 PM
Congrats.

This would be an example of "evidence of your ability to make changes" that I suggested you show on your other thread. Are you going to discuss your plans what to do with this money tomorrow night? Or is the use of this money limited to the items listed above? I may be back in, we shall see.

~

Michael

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Grant money is specific to the routes listed, per grant regultions.

The main topics of the meeting will be the Sierra NF FEIS/ROD and what our ('our' being the pro-access public) options are for possible appeal, the grant detailed above, and the Stewards upcoming Dual Sport benefit ride.

The meetings are pretty free flowing though, get off-topic pretty easily but someone always tend to steer them back on topic.

Btw, appreciate your assistance & time Adam ... people like you ARE the SotSNF and make up other groups like CORVA & BRC. Without the people that make up these groups, which are less than 1% of registered OHV owners in this state, OHV access would be sunk long ago.

Matt

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Whoops, forgot to mention that SotSNF are meeting with the new Sierra NF 'Forest Supervisor' tomorrow. Ed Cole retired a couple months ago, and the interim Supervisor Betty Mathews has been replaced with someone from the Shasta/Trinity NF Scott Armentrout. Word through the grapevine is he is a hunter & has some pro-OHV views. Agenda for the meeting with him tomorrow is to discuss the SotSNF involvement in TM & last years grant work that we did (that our Volunteers did!), Phase 2 trail inclusion into the MVUM, and a few other things.

So, we will discuss that too Wed. night.

Matt

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 07:13 PM
Some of our trail maintenace work in last years grant cycle. Hopefully the pictures arn't too big. With our grant last year, we were able to get a base selection of tools (chainsaws, etc.), storage (C-train), and a quad. Lots of PPE (chaps, gloves, faceshields, etc.) and misc. stuff to cover admin costs. Btw all that stuff is public knowledge on the CA OHV Division (http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164) site. Goggle is your friend! :p

Whoops, backing up a bit. Before we got a grant, we did several 'clean-ups' to start the ball rolling. Here was our first in Miami:

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/MiamiCleanUp1.jpg

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/MiamiCleanUp2.jpg

Gotta cart my kids around to there various sports, will post more later as time allows ... all this resizing & uploading etc. takes a lot of time lol

Matt (http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/ACF3202.jpg)

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 08:37 PM
MikeinFresno had a good comment on a KTMTalk thread:
"Matt, could you add names of trails to the FS numbers so we can better understand the trails that will get the work? "

My reply:

Good point Mike. Here are some maps that were attached to the grant itself ... I'll try to link to the quad maps from the Sierra NF 'Proposed Action' so they are easier to pin-point ... edit, the Sierra NF website is down. Will get back to that ...

Btw forgot to mention that the Sierra NF was also successful in it's GO Grant apps (versus last year when they didn't even apply for any! we held there feet to the fire this year!!!), and around ~1 million smackers will go back to the trails in several different grants. I hope they have the man power to back that up! This is especially important now with the FEIS/ROD and Phase 2 trail inclusion into the MVUM. SotSNF have a meeting with the new FS Supervisor tomorrow, and will bring up this point for sure.

Anyhoo, the maps:

5S06, 5S22, 5S22X, 5S22Y, 5S22YA
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/5S06_5S22_5S22x_5S22Y_5S22YA_Map.jpg

5S38Y
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/5S38Y_map.jpg

5S95, 5S95X, 6S36
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/5S95_5S95X_6S36_map.jpg

6S26
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/6S26_map.jpg

6S40XA, 6S88, 6S11C
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/6S40XA_6S88_6S11C_map.jpg

6S59 - Shuteye OHV Route
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/6S59_Shuteye_map.jpg

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 08:45 PM
After winter time is the worst for fallen trees after the snow & wind. These past few years have been particularly rough with the weather. This removal was done on the Stagecoach trail in Miami.

Btw, since joining with like-minded OHV enthusiasts, I will never bash quad riders again. Our volunteers that ride quads exclusively are able to do a majority of heavy trail work due to being able to carry tools to remote locations. Dirt Bikers can not. I went on a maintenance ride this last Wed., and between five of us we cleared sixteen trees on 6S11A (which will be used on the BL250 ride, a dual sport dirt bike ride). We were able to carry chainsaws, cables, pruning equipment, all sorts of stuff. It was pretty cool :D

Anyway, couple of pics from last years work on Stagecoach:

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/Miami_Stagecoach_trail_1.jpg

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/Miami_Stagecoach_trail_2.jpg

Btw, am I doing something wrong with the linking? I can't get pictures to show in the posts, just the link ... :shortbus:

montibank
Jun 8th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Well crap I spent two hours just typing up a response... And of course my session timed out and I lost it ... Wonderful.

No time to do it again.

~

Michael

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 10:17 PM
6S99B (near White Chief Mtn. area) clearing work ...

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/6S099B_Greys_Mtn_1.jpg

Break time! Alan is an ass-buster, taking a well deserved break :D
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/6S099B_Greys_Mtn_2.jpg

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 10:20 PM
Misc. pick of some bigger work ... those quads & winches sure come in handy for this type of stuff
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/SotSNF1.jpg

During the summer & fall, the SotSNF work every Wed. to help the Sierra FS replace missing & damaged signage to help the public identify routes. Here was our first sign, near the Fish Camp snow play area ... Narvell (trailboss) & Mike (Executive Director) doing the deed ... I was hard at work behind the camera lol :p
http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/5S49D_signage_work.jpg

MCassle
Jun 8th, 2010, 10:30 PM
This year SotSNF volunteers plan on getting more involved with addressing specific mitiagation measures identified by the Travel Management FEIS/ROD, as the map shows trails to be included into the MVUM but a closer read reveals that only 20 miles of 'unauthorized routes' (which are most desirable for dirt bikes & quads) are 'Phase 1' trails meaning that they will be included on the first go-round of the MVUM ....

Not so obvious are the rest that are identified as 'Phase 2' trails that have various 'mitigation' measures that are required to be addressed before the trail/route is opened to public use.

Hydrology issues are a biggie ... all sorts of stuff there with erosion, wildlife habitat issues etc. It'll make your head swim :confused:

Anyway, this is an example of how we'd like to help prevent watershed issues, another version of a bridge that is easier to install with less labor and might possibly last longer than the erected version:

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/Creek_Crossing_cement_blocks_picture_Utah.jpg

One of our members took that picture while OHV-ing in a NF in Utah. We have presented this picture and proposal for hydrology mitigation solutions to various Sierra NF employees, will also present this tomorrow during our meeting with the new Forest Supervisor.

adam45
Jun 16th, 2010, 08:58 AM
hi matt,
How did the meeting with the new forest super go?

MCassle
Jun 16th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Scott seems like a good guy & he spent an entire hour with us (org. timeframe of 1/2 hour). We discussed most of the items I listed above, and he mentioned having some mild flexibility in the Season of Use if we can show over the years common-sense modifications to the existing ROD schedule. We pretty much have to work with what we've got, and show them the errors and suggest corrections.

I'm beginning to see that just bitching about stuff is not productive, you have to get involved and offer solutions and work with them.

We also printed out a copy of this years grant, submitted that with pictures from last years work. He was impressed!

We got our name & group exposed to him personally, so that's a big plus. By the end of the meeting, he was ready to ride with us! We plan on getting a spare quad set up for him once he gets settled into the new position, and showing him around :popcorn:

Regarding recent trail maintenance, on Monday seven of us went through the Whiskey Falls area and took the higher route over through Gaggs and attempted Shuteye. Snow drifts everywhere! They were virgin, so I'm pretty sure we were the first to go on the higher elevation routes this year. We cleared ALOT of downfall, and a few of us got our arms numb by clearing out some water culverts that are getting clogged up. We didn't make it to the top of Shuteye, about half-way before the snow was too deep. But man the views this time of year were awesome! I find in the fall it's pretty hazy, but right now it's the clearest I've seen it.

Of course I forgot my camera ... I've got a request in to some of the other guys to send me a few pictures they took. I'll post some up when I get them, resize, and upload to a server.

Can you ride mid-week Adam? I'll be sure to PM you some future dates if you want to ride along sometime.

Matt

adam45
Jun 16th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Thats good news regarding scott! would be cool to get him hooked on two wheels.
I ride sundays .but would be down for a mid week ride let me know. the last 2 weekends i have ridden around wf area all the s/w trails and roads are rideable,i've been patroling with a saw to clear all the damage. I have some pics if you want them send me your e-mail and i will forward them. adamsauto@gocalnet.com

MCassle
Jul 4th, 2010, 04:48 AM
Whoops forgot to put in a picture ... I'm sure the snow is cleared up now, judging by my last couple of rides but I haven't been back up Shuteye ...

http://173.74.246.28/ktmtalk/photogallery/galleries/members/Kwading.jpg

Thumbs up baby! :D (only my 2nd time on a quad, not as fun as a dirt bike but they do have there pro's)