Central California Access Issues

Donations needed for latest Oceano Dunes battle

Members of the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo 4WD Clubs cleaned up Oceano Dunes in 2013.

The Mesa Community Alliance, a nonprofit activist group representing Nipomo Mesa residents, filed suit against San Luis Obispo County and the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division on Feb. 27, 2014.

The lawsuit seeks to halt OHV activities on the Oceano Dunes SVRA until and unless State Parks complies with the controversial “dust rule.” The county Air Pollution Control District (APCD) enacted the “dust rule,” Rule 1001, in November 2011. The rule gives the district the ability to fine State Parks at its discretion when dust levels exceed state standards on the Nipomo Mesa.

Existing litigation mediation between state and county officials over the dust rule has been protracted and OHMVR Division is in the process of conducting a study of dust control measures.

The Friends of Oceano Dunes is active in protecting the OHV access and recreation opportunities at Oceano Dunes SVRA through funding studies and litigation. CA4WDC supports Friends of Oceano Dunes and their efforts.

Now is the time for members to help with their financial contributions to continue the OHV opportunity at Oceano Dunes SVRA.

Please donate to the Friend of Oceano Dunes legal defense fund. Go to the FoOD website at http://oceanodunes.org/ and click on the Donate link on the upper right.

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