September 6, 2014
Johnson Valley Company Objective Sites
On the morning of Saturday, September 6th, the Marine Corps and BLM hosted a tour of proposed 'Company Objective Sites' in the Johnson Valley OHV Area. The goal of the tour was to obtain public input for a final decision on the placement of two 'Company Objectives' to be placed on the shared use area of the Johnson Valley OHV Area. These sites will be targets representing enemy positions as the battalions come through Fissure Pass and travel north of the dry lakebed, and then further northward toward the Exclusive Military Use Area. Three sites were proposed.
Particpants included representatives of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, the California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA), Victor Valley Four Wheelers, the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, the Johnson Valley-Lucerne Valley Municipal Advisory Council, the Homestead Valley Community Council and Hammerking Productions.
The group toured the proposed 'Company Objectives" and noted that Objective #2 is close to Mean Lake Camping Grounds, where children recreate. On long weekends and during the King of the Hammers race week this site is visited by tens of thousands of people. Therefore, this site was deemed unsuitable.Objective #3 appeared to be the least obtrusive, best sheltered and the battalions will be aiming at the direction of the base, rather than nearby residences. The noise also may be blocked from local residences by surrounding hills. Objective #1 was on a far slope across the open valley.
Therefore Objectives #1 & #3 appear to be the least obstructive and present the least danger to visitors and local residents alike. CORVA recommends Objectives #1 & #3 as the locations of the 'Company Objectives".
Please take time to comment!
Johnson Valley OHV Area Map depicting Exclusive Military Use and Shared Use Areas:
Please send your comments to Katrina Symons, Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office Manager at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 760-252-6004 or the Marines Corps Public Affairs Office at mailto:SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil tel: 760-830-6213
Johnson Valley OHV Area News Update!
Want to see first hand where the Marine Corps are proposing to locate company training objective areas in the Military/Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley? You can learn more, or comment about the proposed company objective areas, with representatives from the Marines at each of the three proposed locations on Saturday, September 6, from 7:30-11:00 am. The Marines plan to have the areas marked to give a visual reference as to the extent of anticipated impacts of a 22-acre company objective site. These will serve as enemy-held positions during training. Katrina Symons, Field Manager of the Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office will be available at objective areas 1 and 2 during the morning.
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GPS Coordinates of the objective areas are:
On August 16, 2014 representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps hosted a public meeting with the Resource Management Group meeting in Lucerne Valley to review the upcoming changes to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and how it will be managed in the future.
The purpose of the August 16th meeting was to discuss the future locations of the Marine’s company objective areas within the Military/Shared Use Area for military training in accordance with Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-66). This act allows the Marines exclusive use of the Military/Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley for training during two one-month durations each year. The public will have access the remaining 10 months out of the year.
During the meeting the Resource Management Group announced the September 6, 2014 opportunity to visit the proposed objective areas.
Additional Resources: Johnson Valley OHV Area Map depicting Exclusive Military Use and Military/Shared Use Areas - http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Portals/56/Docs/G4/LAS/MCAGCC%20Johnson%20Valley%20Boundary%20Map%20opt.pdf
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* see latest map at bottom of page
The Johnson Valley OHV Area has been the focus of the OHV community for many years, since the Marine Corps announced their intention to annex the area to the 29 Palms Marine Base. This is the most recent information, with thanks to Betty Munson:
The community of Johnson Valley has drawn many full-time residents from adventurous souls who wanted to escape the LA megalopolis and came to the high desert to play, then to stay.
How will the Corps tell the world that territory is off limits twice a year, during different months every year?
After all that, the location of company objectives kinda fell through the cracks.
Although we may have our differences of opinions, we thank the US Marine Corps for their faithful service.