This is the sixth in a series discussing grant funding, including some general editorial comments on the processes, and uses.
Since its inception, the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicle (NVOHVC) has awarded considerable funding to different user groups and government entities.
As we have noted in this series, not all the projects should have been funded, or at a minimum had a much stronger oversite role by the state of Nevada. Knowing everyone learns more from our failures than we do from our victories, we will be discussing the successes in this writing, as the NVOHVC is acutely aware of the previous foibles and has no desire to make the same errors.
With that – let’s take a moment to highlight some major successes where your registration dollars went to good use.
Perhaps one of the most obvious and tangible projects funded under this program are the ones that provide new or improved physical infrastructure.
At Logandale Nevada, the Partners in Conservation (PIC) were successful in funding a bathroom to be installed as part of the greater Logandale trail recreation area.
On a side note, the Vegas Valley Four Wheelers have a grant application in front of the NVOHVC to continue with the stewardship work that PIC started!
Another project up in northern Nevada is out at the Winnimucca Sand Dunes Recreation area, where the Northern Nevada ATV (NNATV) club has after nearly three years of effort, installed shade structures and a vault toilet.
The need for vault toilets throughout all outdoor recreational sites was clearly demonstrated over the last 18 months, as many of the Public Lands mangers were directed to temporarily close the existing facilities due to covid staffing restrictions. The amount of human waste that was left all over our public lands provided empirical evidence to all stakeholders that any cost for construction pays dividends for years after installation.
But OHV grant funding is not all about toilets!!
The similarities with these two projects are obvious. What it took to pull them off is a little less so. Primarily the amount of effort that both groups had to put in working with their partners – in this case the BLM.
As we alluded to in our “projects” entry of this series, there are always studies and permits that come up. If you add in the rotating door within the federal land management offices, the lack of consistency makes our job as the citizen clubs / groups monumentally more difficult. That frustration is one of the prime causes for NGO stakeholders, to give up — and walk away. Neither of these clubs were willing to walk away when hitting the bureaucratic – process wall.
We are thankful they persevered.
At the same time when a group has a Public Lands manager who sees the value in a project, they can have a monumental success, and we cannot think of a better example than the work completed by the Reno Area Dirt riders (RAD) and their partnership with Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest – Carson Ranger District (CRD). Seeing the explosive growth of motorized offroad recreation and the deferred maintenance on the trails in the Peavine area of Washoe county degrading the recreational experience. RAD undertook an aggressive rehabilitation project. CRD worked with RAD to make sure all permissions and efforts were accommodated and has remained a solid partner with the OHV community.
NVORA attributes much of the Carson Ranger District’s positive OHV posture to the exceptional relationship and results from their work with RAD.
This may seem like high praise, but for many years the OHV community has not been seen as a force multiplier to our Public Lands managers. We have been seen as more of a nuisance they endure before going back to work.
And that is why this should be important to you, the reader, to take the time to work within your club, or if you don’t have one, start a club, and put some of your skills to the task of making Offroad Recreation that much better. Your club should be a catalyst to help those agencies succeed.
Remember, when the Public Lands managers are successful we in Offroad Recreation are successful and it is through your efforts, we can make the Nevada offroad experience better year after year.
Next up – Where do we go from here?