ORBA Displays 20,000 Letters Against Base Expansion at the SEMA Show.

With help from a number of OHV activists, the Draft EIS for the 29 Palms base expansion generated 23,000 letters against base expansion. 20,000 of those letters came from an extensive campaign on the popular website Pirate4x4.com. Now those 20,000 letters, nearly 200 pounds, are being used as an educational tool. ORBA, with help from Premier Digital Printing, Hammerking productions, and Kurt Schneider, displayed all 20,000 letters bound neatly in 20 binders for businesses to see at the SEMA show. They were quite the topic at the SEMA show attracting plenty of curious questions, and an occasional inquirer, into finding the letter a SEMA show attendee had written. Unfortunately, even after several attempts, no one was able to locate their own letter in the unbelievable amount of letters. “Our goal is to produce this body of work and deliver it to key legislators over the next 6 months in anticipation of the 29 Palms base expansion going before Congress,” said Kurt Schneider of the letters.

The sheer size of the letters gives weight to the amount of consumers affected by the base expansion and subsequent closure of the Johnson Valley OHV area. The Johnson Valley OHV area is the largest OHV area in the United States and home to the annual “King of the Hammers”, an event that attracts 16,000 people from around the world for a week each year in February.




About the Author

Jeff Knoll is the former Event Director for the King of the Hammers event. He has raced various classes in SCORE, BITD, MORE, and MDR. Following the California 200, Knoll travelled to Washington, DC to meet with BLM officials regarding the Special Recreation Permit policies of the BLM. Knoll serves on the BLM’s Desert Advisory Sub-Committee regarding Special Recreation Permits. Knoll also drafted language for Nevada’s Senate Bill 156 in 2011 regarding action sports safety.

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