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  • March 11, 2016 10:43 AM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
    Each year CORVA honors those in our community for exceptional efforts benefiting the OHV Community. The following awards will be presented at this year’s CORVA Annual Meeting on May 21st at Hollister Hills
     SVRA, Hollister CA.  If you know of anyone deserving of one or more of these awards send an email to clayton.miller@corva.org.

    ANNUAL CORVA AWARDS
    George Thomas Memorial Trophy for Off Roader Of The Year:  This trophy is presented to the one individual whose contributions to the betterment of off-roading during the preceding year are worthy of this very special recognition. The recipient may be any individual who has provided special help to off-roading.  The person does not have to be a member of CORVA or any affiliated organization.  The nomination should be submitted with an explanation of the individual’s accomplishments. 
    Looney Duners Trophy to Charity:  This is a Club Award, and to be eligible for this award, the club must belong to CORVA.  The award goes to the club that donates the most time and effort to charity. Money is not a factor.
    Northern & Southern Club Award:  This award is given annually to one club in each region, Northern and Southern.  Each club shall submit what it deems to be its outstanding project for the year.  The Board of Directors shall award the trophy to that project it deems best bolsters the image of off-roading.
    Los Aventureros State Conservation Award:  This award is presented to the individual club which during the year has contributed the most towards conservation.   
    American Buggy Association Political Activism Award:  To have one’s name added to this plaque requires exceptional activity in dealing with elected officials and civil servants. While significant success is not always possible, it is important that some progress toward a goal was achieved.  In addition,
    this person’s efforts should always increase the perception of CORVA as a political powerhouse.

  • February 12, 2016 12:37 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    The California Off-Road Vehicle Association thinks it is shameful for the President to take this action now when even the sponsor, Senator Feinstein has stated repeatedly that she would prefer to see a comprehensive legislative solution that protects the entire desert region. Now that comprehensive bills are finally being heard in the Congress, this action is premature and will almost certainly cause many of the delicately negotiated compromises to protect other sensitive resources such as those in Imperial County and other desert counties, to be lost forever.

    Link to BLM Press Release

  • February 05, 2016 6:38 PM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    At todays OHMVR Commission meeting, it was announced that   Commissioner Diana Perez had resigned and Commissioner Erin Hafkenschiel will also resigne so she and her family can move out of state.  Today was the first meeting attended by a new Commissioner, Tom Lemmon.  You can check his bio: 

    http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22606#lemmon

    Commissioner Lemmon is a desert rat by birth having been raised in Ocotillo Wells. His exposure and participation in the off road community spans over five decades before there were green stickers, site maps or road signs.

    Commissioner Slavik's term has ended and he is hoping to be reappointed by Gov. Brown.

    And the BIG news is that we are loosing Deputy Director Chris Conlin who is retiring so he can spend more time with his family.  I hope that Gov. Brown can find a replacement that is as good as Chris. 

    Last year, Deputy Phil Jenkins retired for medical reasons and his position has a temporary replacement. 

     

     

      

  • January 25, 2016 1:50 PM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    As some of you know, there are use restrictions at the Ocotillo Wells SVRA due to the potential endangered species listing for the flat-tailed horned lizard.  A meeting of the Calif. Fish and Game Commission is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2016 to discuss the approval of the Department's request for a six month extension to complete the petition to list the flat-tailed horned lizard as an endangered species.  The meeting starts at 8:00am and the discussion is the 3rd item on the agenda and live streamed at www.cal-span.org.

     

  • January 23, 2016 3:54 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    All members welcome for the CORVA Board of Directors meeting

    Monday, January 25th from 7:00 - 9:00pm

    Phone Number: (857) 232-0158 • Access Code: #104206


  • January 14, 2016 10:44 AM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    Governors 2016 Proposed Budget Summary

    http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf

    pages 111, 112

    Significant Adjustments:

    • OffHighway Vehicle Loan Repayment and Fuel Tax Transfer A repayment of

    $112 million of General Fund loans made from the OffHighway Vehicle (OHV)

    Trust Fund and a onetime transfer of $31 million of existing fuel tax revenues,

    currently deposited into the OHV Fund, to the State Parks and Recreation Fund.

    This proposal supports the Administration’s commitment to pay down debt while

    maintaining existing service levels across the entire state parks system, including the OHV Program. The transformation team will continue to identify improvements for the Department’s longterm fiscal viability.

    (The detailed proposed budget shows the $31M coming from the Motor Vehicle Fuel Account, not the OHV Trust Fund).

     

  • January 13, 2016 2:21 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    The OHMVR Commission will use this public meeting to more fully consider the Carnegie SVRA General Plan Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report.

     The Commission will receive a full report on the Carnegie SVRA General Plan Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report. The public will have an opportunity to provide comment at the meeting and the OHMVR Commission can provide feedback to the OHMVR Division.

     A follow-up OHMVR Commission Meeting is expected to be scheduled for spring 2016 to consider approval of the Carnegie General Plan/Environmental Impact Report. That hearing will have its own thirty day public notice and the Draft General Plan/Final Environmental Impact Report will be available for review 30 days prior to the hearing date.

    During the OHMVR Commission meeting on February 5, 2016, the Commission will:

    1. Hold a public hearing on the Carnegie SVRA General Plan Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report; and
    2. Consider and may take action on the proposed OHMVR Program Triennial Report Project Schedule.

    1725 23rd Street, Suite 200 • Sacramento, CA • 916-324-4442 • ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov

    Information on agenda items will be available for review at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. If individuals are unable to obtain information through this source, please contact the OHMVR Division at (916) 324-4442. Referenced materials may undergo modification and will be available to the public as changes are made.


  • January 13, 2016 1:07 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

     The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) is hosting two public workshops regarding proposed changes on Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation on Jan. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 18 (time to be determined) at the Best Western Plus, Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center.

     These facilitated workshops will provide an opportunity for dialogue, discussion and the exchange of ideas between winter recreationists of all kinds and STF staff, all of which share an interest in the outcome of this project.

     The Forest, along with four additional forests in the Pacific Southwestern Region, is undertaking this analysis to improve management of OSV use and to designate a system of OSV trails, including groomed trails, and to meet the required terms of a settlement agreement between the Forest Service and Snowlands Network, Winter Wildlands Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity.

    In reviewing the DRAFT Proposed Action for OSV Designation, please consider the following questions: Have we missed any major areas or routes that historically have been used by snowmobiles? If so, where and how are they being used?; Is the DRAFT Proposed Action clearly stated and mapped?  If not, how can it be improved?

    For any questions or comments, please contact Phyllis Ashmead, project coordinator at 209-532-3671 ext. 322 or email at pashmead@fs.fed.us. For further Forest information, call: the Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office at:  209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District (RD) at 209-795-1381; Groveland RD 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok RD at 209-586-3234 or Summit RD at 209-965-3434.


  • January 11, 2016 5:05 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    The Forest Service has been evaluating information related to Forest Plan Revisions for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests for years. As the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement comes closer to release, it is more important that the public engage with their favorite forests. 

    CORVA has engaged with the Forest Service repeatedly during the last few years, and now is the time for all forest user to work with their local forests. Post any questions here about Forest Plan Revisions, and we will post the answers on our dedicated Forest Plan Revisions web page. 

  • January 11, 2016 12:10 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    BLM Issues Temporary Restricted Access for 2016 King of the Hammers Race

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will temporarily restrict access to

    selected public lands in the Johnson Valley OHV area within San Bernardino County from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 during the 2016 King of the Hammers Ultra Race. Temporary public land restrictions are implemented to ensure public safety, protect the environment and safely facilitate the event.
    The public is reminded to respect regulatory signs and to cooperate with race officials and local law enforcement officers in order to help spectators stay safe and ensure the success of the off-road race. The areas will be reopened to the public as soon as they are cleared of all race-related materials.

    For detailed temporary restricted access information please contact the Barstow Field Office at (760)

    252-6000.


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