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Vehicles fuel snow play in Forest

Do you enjoy winter recreation in the Big Meadows area? Do you remember the old days when the Forest Service funded snow grooming? You could enjoy wide smooth trails from Big Meadows to Buck Rock, Quail Flat, many back country trail heads, miles of groomed trails and beautiful vistas.

Doug Canby, member Big Meadows Association, is reminding all Central California residents who enjoy cross county skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, and winter recreation in the Big Meadows area of Sequoia National Forest that funding for snow grooming in Big Meadow comes from the green stickers required by California Off Highway Vehicle.

“As many of you know, the winter snow grooming on the Big Meadows Road and surrounding areas in the past few years has been far and few between,” Canby said. “Sadly, there was no grooming this year. If this something you are interested in doing next year, now is the time to speak up.”

The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument is seeking public comments on a preliminary application to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) for the 2012/2013 grant cycle. The public review and comment period for the State’s Grants and Cooperative Agreement Program which ends on April 1, 2013. State regulations require annual public participation in this fund allocation process.

The Forest Service submitted the application using the California internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” (OLGA) software. After the public review and comment process a final application will be submitted, due May 6, 2013. The public may view and comment on the Preliminary Application by visiting the State Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov and select the Grants tab. The OHMVR Division’s website will provide further detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary application and submitting comments.

The Forest’s application will focus on improvements to off road vehicle routes, facilities, signage, developing an Off Highway Vehicle staging area on the Hume Lake Ranger District, law enforcement, and education. The OHMVR and the Sequoia National Forest have maintained a successful partnership for over 25 years.

“You will notice there is no mention of snow grooming in the Big Meadows area. Please help me get Big Meadows snow grooming back in the forest service budget by e-mailing

kbelliott@fs.fed.us, with a cc to csanders@fs.fed.us with a cc to ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov.”

The Big Meadows Association is a non profit, 501C3 non profit association that sponsors the Big Meadows Warming Hut, located at Horse Camp on the Big Meadows Road in Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District.

For more information, send e-mail to bigmeadowsassn@yahoo.com.

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