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County parks, recreation to host off-highway vehicle workshop

Environmentalists, enthusiasts, recreation advocates to have dialogue

Posted: February 10, 2009 1:35 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2009 1:00 p.m.
 
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a public workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Castaic Sports Complex as part of the county Off-Highway Vehicle Dialogue.

Environmentalists, OHV enthusiasts, resource agencies, recreation advocates and community leaders will discuss issues relating to OHV use in the county.

The dialogue is designed to build consensus on planning guidelines for future potential OHV park locations, while taking into consideration the diversity of OHV recreation and facility requirements.

More than 130,000 County residents own registered off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, four-wheel-drive vehicles and dune buggies.

The outcome of this project will help address the recreation needs of this significant segment of the county's population, while managing the location and effects of OHV activity.

Specific sites will not be identified, evaluated or selected during this process.

Additional project information, including an 11-page baseline assessment map, that includes information on land use, public lands ownership, significant ecological areas and existing OHV park locations and an introduction to the project's advisory committee, is posted at www.lacounty-ohv.org.

Funding for OHV recreation is generated by the state of California mandatory OHV "green sticker" registration program, and from a percentage of the gas tax.

Among other activities, the state Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division administers grants for OHV recreation in California.

For more information about the LA County OHV Dialogue and the public workshops, contact Robert Ettleman, OHV Park Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, at (213) 351-5134 or rettleman@parks.lacounty.gov.

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