The California Department of Parks and Recreation would like to clarify the state's longtime role in assisting local and federal agencies in their law enforcement efforts, particularly as it applies to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
Even though the state maintains no ownership of the dunes or legal management responsibilities for the area, State Parks recognizes the need to partner with others, particularly law enforcement agencies, for the safety of those who visit or work at the dunes.
It is for that and other reasons that under the leadership of the Davis administration, the state has substantially increased grants to support local off-highway vehicle law enforcement efforts statewide. For example, local agency OHV law enforcement grants increased statewide from $460,000 in 1999 to $1,613,000 in 2000, a 350 percent increase.
For those who may be unaware of the state's role at Imperial Sand Dunes, the state provides more management funding for that area than does the federal Bureau of Land Management, the very agency that maintains the ultimate responsibility for management of the area. Based on grant funding applications from the BLM, more than 50 percent of the area's annual budget comes from state OHV funds and has for more than a decade.