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Contact: Alexandra Picavet, 415-786-8021
SAN MATEO-- The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the National Park Service, is applying for funds as part of the 2014/15 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program grant cycle. This grant program provides financial assistance to agencies and organizations with facilities associated with the use of off-highway motor vehicles. Although the OHV Grants Program funds are often requested for projects relating to areas which would support continued or expanded OHV use, the Parks Conservancy is requesting funds for planning and restoration of resources that have been damaged by OHV before the land was managed as part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The projects proposed to be funded by the Grants Program will cover areas within the Milagra Ridge and Rancho Corral de Tierra properties managed as part of GGNRA in San Mateo County. Proposed work at Milagra would include regrading, fencing, erosion control, revegetation with native plants, rice straw mulching, and continued weeding. At Rancho, the requested funds would support data collection, a comprehensive erosion assessment, analysis of drainage patterns, sediment delivery analysis, soil mapping, and characterization of gullies, slumps and other disturbances. In addition, the requested funds would assist at Rancho with gully repair, installation of erosion control materials, fencing, large-scale removal and control of invasive jubata plants lining former OHV corridors, and revegetating with native plants. Both projects are proposed to be implemented with support from the Conservancy's Park Stewardship volunteer program.
The proposed projects align with the management goals of the project sites, as well as the NPS Code of Federal Regulations and GGNRA Superintendent's Compendium for the purpose of protecting sensitive natural resources. The public can review and comment on the Preliminary Application by accessing the State of California Division Website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov