SACRAMENTO, CA (July 20, 2012) — The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national trail-based recreation group, and the California Off-Highway Vehicle Community welcomes the quick response from Governor Jerry Brown to investigate financial irregularities and a hidden slush fund within State Parks.
The OHV community is disappointed, but not the least bit surprised that the problem exists.
OHV enthusiasts have made repeated efforts over the past couple of years to draw attention to the theft of OHV funds under the guise that dire conditions are forcing the closure of recreational opportunities in order to save what management has described as distressed quiet parks.
Motorized recreationists are asking that the OHV program, a national model and one with absolute fiscal clarity, be restored completely.
The OHV program is the most successful division in State Parks and responsibly provides recreational opportunities to millions of Californians. OHV recreation is also critical to the rural economy of our state.
The OHV community is not amused by the protestations of former Director Ruth Coleman that she had no idea the problem existed. Certainly, her career as a budget expert is a matter of record. The buck stops someplace…we hope that is where the investigation will begin.
BRC looks forward to participating in the process.
Also, check out the Sacramento Bee Article below…
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BLUERIB – http://www.sharetrails.org.
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