OHV recreation grants available

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By Special to the Monitor

The New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Program is accepting proposals for 2011-2012 grants related to OHV recreation, safety and education. 
The program, directed by the Department of Game and Fish, provides funding to federal, state and local government agencies, tribal governments and qualified nonprofit sponsors for the purpose of advancing the provisions of the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Act. Grant application forms and more information about the program’s reimbursement process are available on the Department Web sites, www.wildlife.state.nm.us or www.B4uRide.com, or by contacting David Chester at 505-476-8171 or david.chester@state.nm.us. 
Individual grants will be limited to $10,000.  Proposed projects for OHV recreation areas or trails must be on public lands. OHVs include off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, recreational utility vehicles and snowmobiles.
The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. April 15.
In addition,  the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Program now offers four online training courses that will fulfill the safety training requirement for riders younger than age 18, including a snowmobile specific training course.
For more information about the OHV Program and safety training requirements, or to take an online course, please visit www.B4uRide.com or call 505-476-8140.