May 15, 2013 is a historic day for OHV users. While it may not have shook the earth like a SCORE Trophy Truck racing across the desert, it is a very important landmark in the race to save the Johnson valley OHV area. The “Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area Establishment Act,” (HR 1676) sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee, with minor changes from its original form. The only amendment was a change in the days the United States Marine Corps would be able to use the area under a permit from 42 days per year to 60 days per year.
Rep. Bishop (R-UT) commended Rep. Paul Cook for introducing the legislation. He noted that the issue was not easy to deal with and that the bill does a good job in balancing needs. He observed that the bill is as close to ideal as possible in the face of challenging issues such as addressing the needs of OHV users. On its path to becoming a law, the bill has been sent to the House Armed Services Committee, Chaired by Rep. Buck McKeon, who is a bill co-sponsor.
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Marine Corps’ proposal to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California:
“The training of the U.S. Marine Corps is vital to the safety of the American people, and the exercises taking place on the Twentynine Palms base enable our Marine forces to defend our nation and its allies throughout the world. However, I can’t support the expansion plan offered by the Marine Corps, which would hand them ownership of Johnson Valley. Marine Corps ownership would prevent many public-space activities, including big public off-highway events like King of the Hammers, from taking place. Offroaders and other users of Johnson Valley make huge contributions to the economic well-being of the Morongo Valley, and losing that revenue during slow economic times would be devastating.
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hollister Field Office will release a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the 63,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area in southern San Benito and western Fresno Counties.
Under the proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP), off-highway vehicle use would not be authorized in the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). However, limited motorized entry would be allowed within the ACEC to provide access to key areas of interest for non-motorized recreation. Vehicle touring in the ACEC would be limited to a 32-mile scenic route loop. Access into the ACEC would be authorized by permit only, with vehicle touring limited to less than five days per year and pedestrian activity limited to less than 12 days per year.
Legislators will be in home districts through April 5 and April 29-May 3Not sure who your legislators are?
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Help promote and save OHV recreation. You have two opportunities to contact your elected representatives during April when they are in their home district during Congressional Recess: from March 25th-April 5th and from April 29th-May 3rd 2013.
Every OHV enthusiasts should reach out to their elected Legislators when they are in their home offices and ask for a meeting to discuss items that are important to you. It is your chance to “tell your story” about your passion for OHV recreation.