Rep. Paul Cook Welcomes Deal to Save the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area | Congressman... http://t.co/1J9B0I02a1
Reprinted from the Needles Desert Star, August 12, 2013
NEEDLES — Asked what folks in Needles could help Congressman Paul Cook with, field representative Dawn Rowe quickly answered, “the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.”
Introduced as H.R. 1676 in April, the plan was added to the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 14. “The end goal is to ensure that the NDAA still has this Johnson Valley language in it when it reaches the President’s desk later this year,” Cooks said at the time. “A lot can happen as the NDAA moves through the Senate, so it’s essential for supporters of my proposal to let Senators know how important it is to protect Johnson Valley for recreational use.”
Rowe suggested letting California’s senators know of support for the measure and said resolutions from city council or other groups would be welcome. Cook’s proposal would withdraw the Johnson Valley OHV area for the purposes of recreation and designate it as the Johnson Valley National OHV Recreation Area.
The withdrawn area would be designated specifically for recreational uses, including but not limited to off-highway vehicle use, camping, and hiking.
U.S. Marine Corps activities would be permitted to take place twice annually and could not include any explosives that could be left behind without detonating.
The valley borders the Twentynine Palms Marine Air-Ground Combat Center, which has expressed a desire to annex the area.