CRMC and Saving Johnson Valley

Opinion, by Kurt Schneider Rogue OHV activist!
One of the most common complaints of many OHV enthusiasts, including myself, is that our pro-access organizations don’t really work together to fight for our access. Generally our organizations keep their cards close to their chest when it comes to sharing information and unfortunately they try to tackle closures all by themselves.
Well, in the case of saving Johnson Valley from the 29 Palms Marine Corps base expansion, that has all changed. The California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC) is a collection of pro-access organizations that are working TOGETHER to develop a plan to save Johnson Valley. CMRC includes organizations such as ORBA, Cal4Wheel, CORVA, the AMA and the ASA to name just a few involved.

Finally we don’t just have one dog in the fight, we have the entire pack.

To say that I am excited that all of these organizations are working together to save the largest OHV area in the United States is putting it lightly. I am ecstatic!
I have also seen the plan that CMRC is currently developing. With the combined resources and knowledge base of all of the people involved in working on the plan, it’s well thought out, and solid. Reading even the current draft of it was actually very inspirational for me, we CAN win this thing!
All of our organizations use donated funds and membership dues to pay for people’s salaries and overhead to run the organizations. Rightly so, you can’t expect someone to spend literally thousands of hours working to save our trails for free. (Apparently the only idiot that does that is myself) However, CMRC has set up a Johnson Valley Defense fund that is a little different. Every single dollar donated to that fund will not pay for any organization’s overhead; it will go DIRECTLY to saving Johnson Valley. Many people need to ask organizations where their money is going, and in this case it is no different. CMRC intends to make it very clear to people that every single penny of this fund goes directly to saving Johnson Valley.
In the next few months, there will be several fundraisers to generate money to the CMRC Johnson Valley Defense fund. Currently CMRC is developing a website, www.savethehammers.org which should be active in the next week or so. Please take the time to visit that website to donate to this fund, or keep an eye out for other fund-raisers in the near future.

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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