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Category: Land Use

Rep. McKeon Backs Rep. Cook’s Alternative Twentynine Palms Base Plan

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today announced key support for his alternative plan for the proposed Twentynine Palms Marine base expansion. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), who is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, stated the following: “I am happy for the opportunity to cosponsor the ‘Johnson Valley National Off-Highway [...]

Marines Record of Decision Will Not Stop United Effort to Save Johnson Valley

On February 13th, 2013, the Secretary of the Navy released their Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms California. The ROD was initially expected in September but has been delayed more than 6 months due to a united effort from both the neighboring communities [...]

Congress Gives Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Users a Happy Holiday

Congress Gives Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Users a Happy Holiday

  Washington D.C. December 25th, 2012   The Mayan calendar did not disappoint Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) users, as it seemed to reset the battle for the largest OHV area in the country.  Gaining overwhelming support in both the House and the Senate, HR 4310 passed Friday, giving the California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC) a [...]

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Announces Fee Free Days at National Parks, Other Public Lands for 2013

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this week announced dates in 2013 ranging from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Veterans Day when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone. “Our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and [...]

US Forest Service (USFS) and UFWDA sign a MOU

A positive step forward has been achieved in on-going efforts to build relationships with public land managers by UFWDA and was negotiated by Carla Boucher, the UFWDA legal advocate, who stated: “The recently signed Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the US Forest Service (USFS) and UFWDA indicates strongly the desire of both the Forest Service [...]

ECOLOGIC PARTNERS WIN CEQA LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE PARKS: TRUCKHAVEN TRAILS STAY OPEN

ECOLOGIC PARTNERS WIN CEQA LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE PARKS: TRUCKHAVEN TRAILS STAY OPEN After nearly 18 months of hard-fought litigation, EcoLogic Partners, Inc. (“EcoLogic”) has prevailed in its CEQA lawsuit against the California Department of Parks and Recreation (“State Parks”) over the closure of recreational vehicle routes in Truckhaven (also known as the “Freeman Property”).  On [...]

OHVers Want This Seat Back

OHVers Want This Seat Back

  Dear Trail Voters, TPAC is proud to announce that it has named Ricky Gill for Congress (CA CD9) as our 3rd targeted key House race. The TPAC Trail Access Victory Fund is sending support to that campaign today as part of our national strategy to elect a pro-trail majority to the Senate and retain [...]

Yamaha Volunteers Restore San Bernardino National Forest

Yamaha Volunteers Restore San Bernardino National Forest

  Eighty Volunteers Continue Multi-Year Project Planting 250 Native Shrubs CYPRESS, Calif. – September 26, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., employees volunteered to help restore one of the San Bernardino National Forest’s most popular multi-use off-highway vehicle (OHV) staging areas this past weekend. Eighty volunteers, comprised of Yamaha employees and their family and friends, [...]

RECREATION GROUPS FILE SUIT TO STOP ILLEGAL WILDERNESS

BOISE, ID (August 30, 2012)–Two leading Idaho-based recreation organizations have sued the United States Forest Service, challenging the Clearwater National Forest’s decision to impose the same public use restrictions on areas they have recommended for possible Wilderness classification as one would find in lands actually designated by Congress.  The Forest recently issued a new Travel [...]

Yamaha Approves Nine OHV GRANTs in the Second Quarter of 2012

Yamaha Approves Nine OHV GRANTs in the Second Quarter of 2012

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., Continues Aggressive Support of OHV Enthusiasts and Riding Areas Topping $2 Million in GRANTs Since 2008 CYPRESS, Calif. – August 1, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative – the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs) – approved nine projects supporting responsible, safe OHV [...]

California OHV – the next round

California OHV – the next round

By: John Stewart   The ink is dry on the California budget and details are coming into focus.  So, what about the OHMVR program?  What about the future of OHV recreation in the state of California? The OHMVR budget is linked to the California State Parks budget. Now, for the rest of the story…   [...]

Tin Benders Donate $10,000 to Save the Hammers.

Tin Benders Donate $10,000 to Save the Hammers.

TIN BENDERS 4X4 CLUB OF CALIFORNIA (founded in 2000) HELD THEIR 8TH ANNUAL TIN BENDER JAMBOREE BBQ & FUNDRAISER IN JOHNSON VALLEY OHV AREA.   The United States Marine Corps would like to limit OHV use in Johnson Valley, but a dedicated group of offroaders called the Tin Benders 4×4 Club, whose membership includes families [...]

CA LEGISLATURE TERMINATES SUPPORT FOR OHV RECREATION ON FEDERAL LANDS

CA LEGISLATURE TERMINATES SUPPORT FOR OHV RECREATION ON FEDERAL LANDS

SACRAMENTO, CA (June 29, 2012) — A scheme crafted by an environmental activist and the California Parks Foundation to terminate a 40-year partnership with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management was signed into law by Governor Brown on June 27, 2012. The “Sustainable Parks Initiative” has as its core tenet a politically motivated [...]

San Bernardino County supervisors/OHV enthusiasts fight to keep Johnson Valley open

By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer San Bernardino County Sun July 1, 2012 Two San Bernardino County supervisors, backed by off-roading enthusiasts, are hoping a Congressional action will block a plan by the Marine Corps to seize control of most of the Johnson Valley Off Highway recreation area. The Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat [...]

RTP Update: Conferees Hammer Out Compromise on Highway Funding Bill

RTP Update: Conferees Hammer Out Compromise on Highway Funding Bill

First off, thank you for your calls and emails in response to our previous alerts on the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/03/15/update-on-rtp-funding http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/02/22/nominate-your-favorite-motorized-rtp-project-for-award http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/02/15/rtp-updatekey-senators-announce-support-of-rtp-amendment Greg Mumm, BRC’s Executive Director, called this morning, and he reports that U.S. House and Senate conferees have hammered out a final highway funding bill. A vote is expected late this week. [...]

BRC’s Don Amador explains consequences of proposed California budget in recent radio interview

BRC’s Don Amador explains consequences of proposed California budget in recent radio interview

As the California OHV community faces the real possibility that Governor Jerry Brown will sign a new budget today that will eviscerate the OHV grant’s local assistance grants program, readers will want to listen to the June 24 Bike Week Radio show where BRC’s Don Amador discusses the raid with racing legend Broc Glover. Listen [...]

Opinion California Dreaming—Where Did All the OHV Money Go?

Opinion California Dreaming—Where Did All the OHV Money Go?

                On May 31st, the California State Assembly followed the lead of the California State Senate by removing $21 Million from the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division of State Parks in an effort to starve off the closing of a number of non-motorized state parks. The OHMVR [...]

California Motorized Recreation Council Generates Big Congressional Impact in Attempt to Save 160,000 acre Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area

The California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC), an umbrella group of the eight largest Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) associations in California, has organized a national effort to help save the world-renowned Johnson Valley OHV area in California. Mobilizing enthusiasts from across the country, and utilizing its relationship with the Livingston Group of Washington DC, CMRC has succeeded [...]

San Bernardino County Supervisor goes to bat for OHV users.

NEWS From the Office of Brad Mitzelfelt Vice-Chairman and Supervisor, First District San Bernardino County For information, contact FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Andy Silva (909) 387-4830 June 1, 2012 www.sbcounty.gov/mitzelfelt Supervisors Endorse Alternative to Marine Base Expansion that Preserves Public Access, Allows Military Use of Johnson Valley SAN BERNARDINO – San Bernardino County Supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt [...]

OHV Grant Program being slashed by more than 50 percent!!!

A proposal made by Senator Joe Simitian that slashes OHV grant funding by 50 percent is being considered by the California State Assembly on Thursday, May 31. If adopted, more than half of the funding for the US Forest Service, BLM, and many local county off-highway vehicle (OHV) parks will be redirected away from the [...]

Support the Bartlett Amendment to Request a Report from the U.S. Marine Corps on the proposed expansion of the Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center Twenty-Nine Palms to work with all stakeholders in the Johnson Valley Area

  Bartlett Amendment 243 to HR 4310 Request for Marine Corps Land Acquisition Report Currently, 189,000 acres of land under control of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), adjacent to the Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center Twenty-Nine Palms, California, is designated by the 1980 California Desert Conservation Plan as an off-highway vehicle recreation area. [...]

Help Save the California OHV Trust Fund!

There is a proposal that will be voted on today in Sacramento that will SAVE STATE PARKS. That sounds great doesn’t it? Well yes, EXCEPT the proposal TAKES $21 million out of your OHV Trust Fund and gives it to other divisions of state parks for non-OHV related projects. If this is successful then the effect [...]

Torchmate Racing Helps Keep Moab Beautiful.

Torchmate Racing Helps Keep Moab Beautiful.

Following the 2005 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab Utah Jeff Knoll and his family read an article in the Moab newspaper about an environmentalists named Sara Melnicoff who was cleaning up the amazing mess left by off roaders who chose to party at Potato Salad hill.  Knoll and family presented a challenge to keep the [...]

OffRoadPress.com OHV Lobby Days Tool box.

OffRoadPress.com OHV Lobby Days Tool box.

With only days left until the national OHV Lobby Days, OffRoadPress.com has teamed up with ORBA, The Off Road Business Association to give you the tools you need to educate Legislators about the 29 Palms Marine Base expansion. Thanks to Hammerking Productions for providing Will Wisman’s amazing photos to demonstrate the sheer size of KOH. [...]

The Recreational Trails Program needs your help — RIGHT NOW!

The Recreational Trails Program needs your help — RIGHT NOW!

American Trails serves on the Executive Committee of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT). Here is a message from the CRT Co-Chairs that includes how you can TAKE ACTION today:     The Recreational Trails Program needs your help — RIGHT NOW!    As soon as this Tuesday, March 6th, there will be action in [...]

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