The Recreation HQ is very happy to announce that OHMVRD has revised the grant awards for the 2012/13 grants cycle. The revision today will help fund many important OHV projects and programs related to Operations and Maintenance, Restoration, Education, and Law Enforcement. If my math is correct, the grants program has been revised up from 10M to about 30M. VERY GOOD NEWS!
Many of you remember the fierce budget fight last year with the legislature where OHV groups fought hard with politicians in an effort to challenge the 10M cap they placed on the 2012/2013 grant cycle.
Link to 2012 Budget Fight (Dark Days Ahead blog)http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/2012/05/dark-days-ahead-for-ca-ohv-program.html
HQ believes the grant revision today was made possible – in large part - to the grassroots effort to by users, advocates, local elected officials, conservationists, and others to champion our program to the legislature and Governor Brown. HQ also thanks our OHV lobbyist, Terry McHale, for his hard work on this issue too!
HQ urges grant applicants that had not been awarded grants for this cycle to please go to the OHMVR grant website and see if your grant got funded. Again, this is very good news for a lot of units in rural areas where grant support is crucial for resource management and to help bolster the local economy.
Link to Revised Grant Awardshttp://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1164
Thanks again to all of you who worked hard last year in support of the OHV program!