Created: Friday, 09 October 2015 08:58
Written by Senator Dianne Feinstein
Proposal would designate Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will host a public meeting on October 13 on proposed national monument designations in the California desert. The meeting will take place at the Wildlands Conservancy’s Whitewater Preserve at 2 p.m. near Palm Springs and is open to the public.
On August 3, Feinstein sent a letter to President Obama requesting he use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate three new national monuments: Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains.
This request is consistent with the senator’s longstanding efforts to protect these areas legislatively. Feinstein is committed to hearing local community voices on their conservation goals for these areas and has invited senior administration officials to be present at the public meeting.
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Created: Wednesday, 07 October 2015 21:04
Written by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
Administration officials have accepted Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) invitation to visit the California Desert and will attend a public meeting on Tuesday, October 13, and consider designating 1 million acres in the area as National Monuments. Senator Feinstein also has pending legislation that would not only address the area being considered for National Monument designation, but would also statutorily designate five OHV areas.
It is inappropriate for the Administration to even consider a National Monument designation in the area as Feinstein’s collaboratively developed legislation is moving in the Senate (a legislative hearing is scheduled on the bill on October 8), and Representative Paul Cook (R-CA) has recently introduced companion legislation in the House.
Legislation creates six national OHV recreation areas in the California desert
Legislation (HR 3668) has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to create five new national off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation areas in the California Desert (Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley). Under the bill, off-road enthusiasts would have access to over 60,000 additional acres of land. The “California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act” would also designate Johnson Valley as a National OHV Recreation Area and expand it by nearly 20,000 acres.
Please use our Action Center to contact your U.S. Representative immediately to request support for HR 3668
Created: Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:24
Written by BF Goodrich
BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with Four Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Off Road Business Association, today announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Trails program. Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected and the associated clubs for this year’s program are:
- Applegate-Lassen Wagon Trail, Nev., High Rock Trekkers
- Bald Mountain OHV Trails, Sierra National Forest, Calif., Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers
- Barrett Lake Trail, El Dorado National Forest, Calif., Hi-Landers 4WDC
- Black Bear Pass, Silverton, Colo., Creeper Jeepers Gang of Durango
BFGoodrich® Tires builds tires for any adventure, including those that take drivers off their daily roadways. Through its Outstanding Trails program that promotes sustainable and responsible off-road driving, BFGoodrich Tires once again will award grants of $4,000 each to these qualified and passionate off-road clubs in North America. These clubs will use their grants to continue their efforts that preserve and protect their hometown trails.
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Created: Thursday, 01 October 2015 16:39
Written by Rep. Paul Cook
Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) introduced HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act. This bill presents a balanced approach to protecting, managing, and using our desert and forest areas in San Bernardino and Inyo Counties. This bill would deal with the management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership.
This bill establishes a Mojave Trails Special Management Area (SMA) in an area south of the existing Mojave Preserve and northeast of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. This designation protects existing mining operations and allows for future mining exploration as long as mining projects never exceed ten percent of the total acreage. It would also prevent the installation of any industrial-scale renewable energy projects. Additionally, this bill would protect from development any lands within the management area donated to the federal government for conservation purposes. Over 1,200 miles of roads and off-road vehicle trails are written into law as well.
This bill establishes five new National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas in Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley, together creating the first system of National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Areas in the nation. Additionally, it redesignates Johnson Valley as a National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and expands it by nearly 20,000 acres. This bill affords additional protections to OHV users and ensures that these areas cannot be closed administratively. In total, this legislation preserves a total of 300,000 acres for OHV recreational use.
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