National OHV Lobby Days a success.

Last week OffRoadPress.com with the help of SXSPerformance.com and the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) participated in the National OHV Lobby Days.  The event promoted by the California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC) focused on stopping the 29 Palms Marine Base expansions into Johnson Valley OHV area.  OHV enthusiasts from around the country were tasked with visiting their local Legislators to educate them about the potential loss of the nations largest OHV area.

SXS Performance through its membership in ORBA and with some help from relationships forged over the years took the National OHV Lobby days a little further meeting with a number of Legislators during the week. Here is our report of National OHV Lobby days and the results of reaching out directly to our national leadership.

 

Monday found us meeting with House Arms Services Committee Chair Congressman McKeon. The Congressman had visited 29 Palms Marine base 2 years earlier on the subject of property but was happy to be reminded about expansion and offered to help look into a solution to the issues of OHV access.  Weds found us in the office of Congressman Ed Royce who voiced his approval of motorized recreation saying he was “Pro Off-Road.” Friday Senator Feinstein’s Riverside/San Bernardino staff member Chris Carillo met with us in the OffRoadPress Offices, and would forward our concerns to the Senator. Carillo had met with Hammerking Productions earlier in the week, as well as the BLM CDD Manager Teri Raml on the subject, to better educate the Senator on the issue of Base expansion as a result of OHV Lobby Days requests. Our last Meeting of the week was with Congressman Baca in San Bernardino. Who offered to seek an appointment with the Secretary of the Interior, but warned it would be a difficult meeting to obtain, and that we should be prepared to craft our message into a 10 minute pitch.

 

This week we are in Washington DC with a host of meetings as we take OHV Lobby Days to the next level. The important thing to note is how effective meeting with Legislators has been for those who participated in the event. Kurt Schneider believed it was actually fun to have the opportunity to educate his Legislator about OHV access, and believed his congressman “Hung on every word. He had no idea that we are environmentalists at heart.”  It’s not too late to participate in this grassroots movement to educate Legislators about Johnson Valley OHV area. You can find out how at savethehammers.org.  Hopefully you will find the experience as rewarding participating in Government helping to change the perception of leadership about the issues that we face as motorized recreationalists, and the next time a land closure bill comes across their desk they will think of the face of the person who visited them this week sharing their passion for Johnson Valley. CMRC hopes to continue this tradition annually in March building on the idea to include all forms of motorized recreation and all associations across the country.

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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