DON’T DELAY! Please oppose a proposal to merge California’s Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMRV) program with the Department of Parks and Recreation. If you haven't already done so, please send an e-mail to Lisa Mangat, Director of California Parks and Recreation.
For those interested in attending, to follow is the hearing information:
You may use the following points in your message:
California’s Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMRV) program was established in 1971. The state uses OHV user taxes and fees directly fund OHV management and facility maintenance.
- The OHMRV program is uniquely different from other California Department of Parks and Recreation programs since it covers federal lands in addition to state parks.
- The OHMRV program provides funds to local, state and federal agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit entities for OHV management.
- The OHMRV program should remain separate from the Department of Parks and Recreation so as to protect a dedicated-funding program that has been a worldwide model of success. This will ensure that OHV-user fees are only used for OHV management.
Overview: California Department of Parks and Recreation is meeting on Thursday, August 11 in Ontario, CA to consider a proposal to merge the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMRV) program with the Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The Department held a July 19 open house in Sacramento and have now scheduled a second open house due to the large outcry from the OHV community. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) strongly opposes the plan since dedicated OHV user fees could be spent on programs unrelated to managing OHV use.