Forest Service hosts OHV workshops |

Forest Service hosts OHV workshops

United States Forest Service officials will hold two workshops in an effort to garner public input about how state funds should be applied to its off-highway vehicle program.Every year the USFS applies for and receives tax revenue from the state that is spent on the off highway program”Every year we send in funding applications for things we would like to do with our California Off-Highway Vehicle program,” said USFS spokeswoman Ann Westling. “We apply for funds for things like environmental improvements, for trail maintenance, and for law enforcement, so we can make sure people are staying on the trails.”The USFS is currently preparing two application packets, one for winter operations and one for summer operations.At previous workshops, Westling said USFS officials have heard from a wide range of groups, from environmentalists to off-road vehicle users.The open houses are informal sessions, with no formal presentations planned.”This is a chance for people to sit down with the representatives of the districts [within the Tahoe National Forest] and share their thoughts,” Westling said.The open houses will be held at the following dates and locations:-Tuesday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m. at theTruckee Ranger Station.The ranger station is located at10342 North Highway 89(Junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 89)Truckee, Calif.-Thursday, April 4, from 5-7 p.m. at theTahoe National Forest Headquarters at631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, Calif.

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