PRESS RELEASE #16-004 June 23, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. –
The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 14-21, 2016 while the Marine Corps conducts convoy operations and resupply missions to support a large-scale exercise. It was determined the window of closure for military use could be shortened from the previous announcement of August 1-30, 2016 after the Marine Corps refined the scope of training.
The closure period will include the time required to ensure the Shared Use Area is clear of recreation activity prior to training and to confirm the land is clear of hazards prior to reopening the land for public access.
The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps will continue to implement robust public outreach to ensure the public is informed of the temporary change in land use.
In addition, the Marine Corps has announced the next planned use of the Shared Use Area for military training in August 1-30, 2017, honoring the commitment to provide a minimum of 12 months advance notice to the public of training in the Shared Use Area.
For additional information, please contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public
Affairs Office at 760-830-6213 or SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.
For additional information including a map of the area, please visit http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5-Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley.
“Our Trails, Our Opportunities, Making a Difference with CORVA – Moving into the Future with CORVA”
This year CORVA held our Annual Meeting at Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, which allowed us to get our buggies, UTV’s and 4 wheelers out on the trails and enjoy everything the park has to offer. The park is looking better than ever thanks to an expanded obstacles course and great trails. We enjoyed fantastic weather – even the wind stopped on Saturday evening so we could enjoy our campfire barbeque. Thanks to the staff of Hollister Hills who were extremely welcoming and helpful, and much appreciation to all our CORVA friends and members who attended the meeting and offered fresh new ideas to move the organization forward.
We held elections for CORVA Board of Directors positions, and gave awards to some wonderful and well-deserved clubs and individuals that really make a difference in keeping public land open to motorized use.
Elected to board positions:
· Chad Clopton, VP of Administration
· Clayton Miller, VP of Education
· Mike Moore, Treasurer
Bob & Beckie Casebeer and Ed Stovin
LOONEY DUNERS CHARITY AWARD FOR A CLUB
District 37, AMA Dual Sport
LOS AVENTUREROS ANNUAL CONSERVATION TROPHY
NORTHERN CLUB OF THE YEAR
Northern California Land Rover Club
SOUTHERN CLUB OF THE YEAR
Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club
PAST PRESIDENT’S TROPHY
Congratulations and appreciation to all!
PRESS RELEASE #16-003 June 3, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Representatives from the Marine Corps will host a public meeting regarding land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Johnson Valley Community Center, June 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to communicate the Marine Corps' plans to conduct a large-scale exercise August 1-30, 2016 that will include training in the congressionally-established Shared Use Area. Information concerning temporary land closures and public safety information will be discussed with attendees. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
Tree mortality due to drought and insect infestation is rising exponentially in California. Many forests have over 50% tree mortality rate, leading to unsafe conditions and closures in some forests. Few of trees falling on visitors are leading these closures.
The risk of wildfire increases as tree mortality rises as well. Be fire safe when visiting forested areas, and if you have plans to camp this summer in a forest check their website to make sure the campground is still open. FOr more about tree mortality visit: http://egis.fire.ca.gov/TreeMortalityViewer/
Thanks to California assemblyman Jones, we have a good chance at stopping the $10M annual transfer from the Motor Vehicle Fuel Account, monies that would have gone into the OHV Trust Fund, to the General Fund. AB2175 has passed out of the Appropriations Committee on May 27 with a vote of 20 ayes to 0 noes. It should make it to the assembly floor soon for a full house vote.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa of California has introduced H.R. 5129, which is long overdue legislation to streamline and reduce the cost of obtaining special recreation permits for use on both BLM and Forest Service lands. For the last several years, the special use permit process has significantly increased the cost to put on OHV events on public lands to the extent that some events were canceled. The time it currently takes to obtain the special use permits has also increased in many cases. This legislation addresses both of these issues.
Please contact your US Congressman and Senators and ask for their support of H.R.5129.
To read the text and progress of H.R.5129:
I would also like to thank the BRC for bringing this to the publics attention.
The BLM is asking for public input for the development of the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area Management Plan.
The goal of public input is to assess a variety of issues and proposed solutions. Comments and concerns regarding land use, off-highway vehicle area access, visitor services, off-highway vehicle recreational opportunities, facilities, resource values, and monitoring are welcomed.
For times and locations of the meetings:
The EPA is trying to add competition only vehicles to the list of vehicles that they regulate under the Clean Air Act. Two bills have been introduced to congress to exclude competition only vehicles from regulations of the Clean Air Act. H.R 4715 and S.2659 need our support.
Contact you House and Senate representatives and ask them to support these bills.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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