California Off-Road Vehicle Association
  • December 13, 2018 5:21 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)
    Media Contact
    Amy Granat, Managing Director
    California Off-Road Vehicle Association
    (916) 710-1950



    December 13, 2018 

    California Off-Road Vehicle Association Petitions Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service to Rescind or Revise 2005 Travel Management Rule

    Sacramento, Calif. – On Dec. 12, the Texas Public Policy Foundation filed a petition on behalf of approximately 22,497 individuals represented by organizations in six states to ask the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to rescind or revise the 2005 Travel Management Rule. The California Off-Road Vehicle Association along with 18 partners played a key role as petitioners.

    On Nov. 9, 2005, the Forest Service published the Travel Management Rule that “requires designation of those roads, trails, and areas that are open to motor vehicle use” and “prohibit[s] the use of motor vehicles off the designated system, as well as use of motor vehicles on routes and in areas that is not consistent with the designations.”

    Before the rule, motorized access in national forests was permitted unless specifically prohibited due to evidence that restricting motorized use was necessary to avoid significant damage to the environment.

    “The 2005 rule essentially flipped the previous standard and now only permits motorized use on designated routes,” said Managing Director of CORVA Amy Granat. “In some national forests, as much as 90 percent of traditional motorized access routes were eliminated.”

    In the Plumas National Forest, the application of the 2005 Travel Management Rule resulted in the closure of over 3,000 routes, comprising approximately 94 percent of the historically available motorized access routes in the forest.

    In that case, the Forest Service inventoried 1,107 non-system, unclassified, historically used and lawful miles of trails, which comprise 3,236 individual routes. Only 410 of the unclassified miles (or 200 routes) received any on-site environmental impacts review, while 697 miles (or 3,036 routes) were summarily rejected from inclusion in the Plumas National Forest Travel Management Plan based upon decisions made in the office by Forest Service employees without the site-specific information required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule and the Route Designation Handbook.

    The national parks and forests are designed to be accessed by the public. For many disabled and handicapped individuals, motorized access is the only way that those areas can be accessed and enjoyed.

    And while national land also serves the purpose of conservation, this purpose is equal to, not greater than access rights.

    The petitioners requested that the administration return to a general presumption that user-created routes and trails for access to national forests are open for motorized use, while providing a mechanism by which the Forest Service or members of the public could take action to have specific routes or trails closed for conservation purposes.

    The full petition may be viewed at The letter accompanying it can be read at

    Those interested in helping contribute to CORVA’s efforts may donate at

    The Petitioners
    The petitioners include Amy Granat, Corky Lazzarino, Houston Gem and Mineral Society, American Lands Access Association, Great Western Trail–Wyoming Council, New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance, San Diego Mineral and Gem Society, Friend of Independence Lake, Inc., Butte Meadows Hillsliders, Magic Valley ATV Riders, Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s, Stewards of the Sequoia, Recreation Outdoors Coalition, Bucks Lake Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club, High Mountain Riders Equestrians, Sierra Access Coalition, California Off-Road Vehicle Association, La Porte Service and Repair, and Lazzarino Machine Works.

    About CORVA
    Working for off-road interests at all levels of government since 1970, the California Off-Road Vehicle Association is based in Sacramento, Calif. CORVA is solely supported by members, donations and sponsors. The organization’s primary focus includes working with federal and state agencies to promote off-road recreation and prevent trail closures, while protecting motorized access in California for the people, not from the people. CORVA ensures that the voices of off-road recreationalists are heard and that off-road trail users retain the right to enjoy public land. For more information, visit

  • October 23, 2018 4:49 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)
  • August 01, 2018 9:51 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    CORVA Membership Fee Increase Effective August 1, 2018
    By Ken Clarke,
    President of California Off-Road Vehicle Association

    I am proud of the dedication everyone associated with CORVA exhibits as we advocate for all forms of off-road recreation and motorized access. CORVA is increasingly influential and working to protect the rights of our members to enjoy public land. As President of CORVA, I have been tasked with informing our members and the public that the CORVA Board of Directors voted to raise our membership fee to $40.00 per year, effective August 1, 2018. This increase will help us engage more widely politically and keep our promise to our members to stay at the forefront of all issues facing off-road access. CORVA will remain the leader in the battle to keep public land open for the people.

    It has been about 15 years since CORVA last raised our membership fee. As the years have gone by, our costs have significantly risen, including insurance, printing and postage. CORVA is also getting increasingly involved in legal issues (using the best legal talent we can find) and this year has employed a very effective lobbyist in Sacramento.

    CORVA is always working on new strategies to protect motorized recreation on public land. We are now looking at how we can influence Congress to help our forests in California maintain our roads and trails and prevent the occurrence of catastrophic wildfire. As always, we continue to focus our work in California but we also need to be heard in Washington as land use policies evolve. And even though we are on the forefront of off-road advocacy, we will always use our Members funds in the most effective manner possible.  

    Thank you for continuing your support for CORVA and our dedication to promoting, protecting and preserving off-road opportunities in California.

    Ken Clarke
    President CORVA

  • July 02, 2018 10:45 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)
    CORVA's Amy Granat testifies before the US Congress Subcommittee on access to public land:


    • To examine how Forest Service policies affect access to public lands, as well as the impacts of road closures on nearby communities.


    • The Forest Service manages nearly 200 million acres of land across the United states, most of which is located in the West.
    • Congress directed the Forest Service to manage the land it administers for multiple use, including “recreation, livestock grazing, and wildlife and fish habitat.” Unfortunately, the Forest Service has closed roads and restricted access to public lands that should be open to the public.
    • The trend towards road closures and restricting access to Forest Service lands impacts local governments, small-town economies, and the way of life for many Americans who live near Forest Service land.

    Witnesses and testimonies

    Name Title Organization Panel Document
    The Honorable Kerry White Representative Montana House of Representatives
    Mr. Bill Harvey Commission Chair Baker County, Oregon
    Ms. Amy Granat Managing Director California Off-Road Vehicle Association
    Mr. Jim Furnish Consulting Forester



  • June 04, 2018 12:48 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    We need your help! The Mendocino Coast Park and Recreation District is in the process of determining the feasibility of developing an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) park to be located in Mendocino County. The proposed park is approximately 480 acres and could facilitate a range of off-road opportunities. As a member of CORVA, and with the support of the CORVA Board of Directors we would like to ask you your opinions and perceptions about the potential elements of the park that should be considered.  There are also a few questions about CORVA, and how we are meeting your needs and expectations. 

    This survey is not a sales or solicitation, and your responses are anonymous and remain confidential. When you submit your completed survey, and if you opt in by providing your e-mail address we will enter you in a random drawing to win a $200.  Thank you very much for your participation. To start the survey click on the link below. 

  • May 28, 2018 9:05 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    The Ongoing Oceano Dunes SVRA, Pismo State Beach Travesty
    Special to the CORVA ORIA by local resident Lyndi Love-Haning


    The fight to keep the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) open has been going on for decades. Secret meetings, numerous lawsuits, political corruption combined with a suspicious cast of characters have defined this constantly evolving drama. The ongoing saga would be the perfect plot for a fictional drama.

    Unfortunately, this is a reality that we, as off-roaders, can no longer sit back and watch. Closure of the dunes, or portions of the dunes is not good management and this situation is in dire need to be managed. As fellow off-roaders, this issue must be near and dear to everyone’s hearts and minds!

    This is the current battle: ODSVRA vs. a handful of rich and retired residents living in a new million-dollar subdivision on a mesa downwind of Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA. These ‘red shirts literally wear red shirts to represent the color of the air alert on the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District (APCD) website when there is a bad air quality day. The red shirts’ main claim is that OHV activity has destroyed vegetation that existed in 1930 and furthermore claim vehicles break up fine crust that forms on the dunes, resulting in the park being more emissive than other areas. The red shirts say that increased emissivity results in particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) steadily blowing into their homes and lungs, causing pulmonary issues

    There are many flaws with this theory, but here are the main problems:

    1)    After millions of tax dollars spent and a decade of studies, the actual percentage of emissions caused by OHV activity has not been identified. 2)    Off -shore sources of emissions have been identified but largely ignored. This calls into question whether the OHV park is a major source of emissions or simply a path between offshore sources and the Mesa. 3)    The data being used to create emissions modeling is from 2013 and has not been updated with information collected over the past 5 years. The model has also not been tested or validated as appropriate to use in this manner 4)    Most complaints come from residents living in homes surrounded by agricultural fields, ongoing construction, dirt roads and open sand sheets. In fact, the Specific Plan and Environmental Impact report for the master planned community at issue warned that ongoing construction activities would cause significant air quality issues to residents. 5)    Most of the people complaining of health issues related to air quality have moved to the area within the last 10 years and have no proof that what they are experiencing is not related to pre-existing conditions. 6)    The red shirts initially complained of crystalline silica, a small particulate matter that causes lung cancer. Crystalline silica was tested for on many separate occasions by the APCD and State Parks. The samples were tested in accordance to OSHA standards and were all found to not exceed limits. The red shirts quickly changed their complaint to any particulate matter smaller than 10 microns.

    Larry Allen, former Air Pollution Control Officer or executive director of the APCD is anti-OHV. Against the APCD Board and a special expert’s advice, he triggered a nuisance abatement process with the APCD Hearing Board claiming that the ODSVRA constituted an air quality emergency, even though the APCD had previously agreed to continued development on the Nipomo Mesa, classifying it as a low health risk.

    As a result, State Parks and the APCD came to an agreement requiring a 50% reduction in emissions. This agreement, a Stipulated Draft Order, helped the parties avoid an official Nuisance Abatement Hearing which is similar to a trial. After four days of public hearings including two drafts of the agreement, the Hearing Board approved the agreement 4 – 1.

    An agreement has been reached, so why is the off-road community displeased with the deal?

    1.      The agreement says that State Parks must come up with a plan to meet state and federal ambient PM10 air quality standards. This is highly unlikely if not impossible in a coastal dune environment. No other coastal dune environment has air quality monitoring, because they know that emissions standards will be exceeded due to the natural dune environment.

    2.      To meet state and federal standards for PM10 baselines, the target is a 50% reduction in emissions over a 5-year period. To hit this target the agreement allows for continued fencing off and vegetating of riding areas. The area initially targeted is the 184 acres of foredune area where much of the camping takes place at ODSVRA. By September of this year we will lose roughly 100 acres of camping/riding area. With the target being 50% by 2023 with no foreseeable way for State Parks to achieve this goal, we can likely expect State Parks to be required to fence off more acres a year chasing the unreachable target.

    We should all be disturbed by the government overreach we have seen throughout this whole process.

    • As a Californian, I am shocked that a local agency can bully a state agency into an agreement like this that will affect the millions of Californians that enjoy the park each year.
    • As a resident of San Luis Obispo County, I am concerned about losing any part of the $200+ million in tourism revenue the ODSVRA brings into our county. As a Nipomo Mesa resident, I am embarrassed that a few residents have tarnished the reputation of all Mesa residents.
    • As an OHV rider, I am terrified about the precedence that has been set that can be used in the future to limit or eliminate OHV activity in other areas.

    This is why all OHV recreationalists should pay close attention to situations where OHV activity is in jeopardy. It might not be a place you ride, but in the future, could directly affect where you do ride.

    If you have made it this far in the article, you are hopefully wondering what the next steps are.

    1.      State Parks will be creating a Public Works Plan (PWP) to redesign the park. OHV riders must stay engaged with this process and attend meetings where State Parks is soliciting public comments on the redesign. There are two meetings coming up. The first is on May 22 in Arroyo Grande, CA and the second on May 23 in Fresno, CA.

    2.      We need to make sure all requirements, like moving fences back towards vegetation for more riding area, Oregon dune like trail systems through vegetation, a southern campground and a southern entrance are put in writing, and we must push State Parks to get the PWP process done swiftly.

    3.      Use the sand dollar cards! This is an awesome partnership between the Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Oceano Dunes. The program is simple. Write how much you are spending on the back of the card and hand it to the cashier with your payment wherever you are spending money (locals when it relates to off-roading, non-locals any money you spend while you are visiting to use the park). Ask the cashier to give the filled-out card to the manager or owner. Many local businesses surrounding the park carry the cards, or you can reach out directly to friends of Oceano Dunes and have them sent to you by mail.

    4.      Most importantly, donate when you can and what you can to Friends of Oceano Dunes (Friends or FoOD) to help prevent continued loss of the ODSVRA. Friends of Oceano Dunes has been fighting to keep the ODSVRA open for nearly 20 years. Friends of Oceano Dunes was founded with the help of former CORVA President, Ed Waldheim. Much of the detailed information available to the public has been provided by Friends. Follow them on Facebook for future updates. Make no mistake, without the efforts of Friends of Oceano Dunes, we would not have the 1,500 acres of riding area we have now. Friends has no paid staff. 100% of your money goes towards keeping the dunes open. Check and see if your employer has a donation matching program. Many employers will match 100% of your donation, up to a certain amount, if the organization you are donating to is a 501(c)(3). Friends is a 501(c)(3). Ask about the match and visit today to donate. 


    Lyndi Love-Haning

    San Luis Obispo County, Nipomo Mesa Resident

  • May 02, 2018 11:47 AM | Amy Granat (Administrator)
    A Stipulated Order of Abatement on Oceano Dunes SVRA was adopted by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District on April 30th.  

    What does this agreement mean to enthusiasts? 

    1. State Parks will create a Public Works Plan that will dictate new restrictions on motorized travel and camping. 

    2. They will implement actions intended to reduce particulate emissions including planting vegetation to serve as a natural barrier for particulate matter (PM10), educating members of the riding public how they can be part of the solution, dispersed riding, eliminating camping in the foredunes, looking at creating a southern entrance. 

    3. It's unclear how much responsibility State Parks actually accepted ad a result of this agreement because of conflicting statements. This statement is one the most disconcerting:

    LeGrande tract, where most of the camping and a large portion of the riding activity occurs, contains some of the most emissive areas in ODSVRA and is a significant contributor to the particulate matter emissions impacting downwind residents

    Later in the document it states that the respondent (State Parks) denies the allegations. But, it also says that all parties agree that the best resolution for this issue is the adoption of this stipulated order. 

    4. This will cost Parks a lot of money. 

    5. Enthusiasts didn't really have a say! As stated in the document, the complaints lodged against the park had a great deal of influence, whether or not they were valid complaints. The more people who wanted to get rid of the park called to complain, the closer they got to the achieving their goal just because they lodged the complaint. It did not have to be based in fact. 

    On the other hand, the people who will be most affected by the agreement had no valid arguments that were seriously notes by the APCD. Their loss of opportunity, time with their families, etc. was considered negligible and/or frivolous. While the agreement was also careful not go blame enthusiasts, the undercurrent is there. 

    Because of that fact alone, this may be the only path State Parks felt they had open to continue riding at Oceano Dunes, but it's really bad for the rest of us. 

    Read the Stipulated Order of Abatement here

  • April 12, 2018 10:19 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Annual Meeting

     April 28, 2018   9:00 AM | Jawbone Canyon OHV Area

    ~ Since 1969 ~

    Plans are coming along for our CORVA Annual Meeting on April 28th at the Jawbone Station. We would like you to encourage any and all clubs, friends and families to attend.  We will be holding our meeting during the 22nd Annual Moose Anderson Day Cleanup.  Ed Waldheim's Friends of Jawbone volunteers will be making all the arrangements for the Moose Anderson event, including breakfast at 7:30AM, followed by the clean up.  Then they will return and we will all enjoy a fabulous hamburger lunch sponsored by CORVA.  After lunch we will invite everyone to join us for the announcing of the winners of our Annual Awards; our statewide and Southern board elections and some surprise special guests.  You won't want to miss this meeting.


    (We will have shirts and all the CORVA Store at the meeting for purchase.)

    Show your support and let's bring in as many people as we can for this special event. 

    POTLUCK DINNER: After the Saturday meeting and elections, there will be a CORVA potluck near the Jawbone Station in a campsite with a nice CORVA firepit.  Arrangements are still in the works, but we will circle the wagons and set-up like we do at other CORVA events.  The menu will include a BBQ of some type along with traditional potluck dishes you are encouraged to provide.  Again, please invite everyone to this special event.  Let's show our support for this great organization!! 

    Starts at 9:00AM

    Business Administration
    Regional Reports
    Financial Reports
    CORVA Awards Voting (winners announced after lunch)

    Lunch 12:30

    Sponsored by CORVA
    Greetings / Special Guests
    Special Awards

    3:00 - 5:00

    Voting for Board of Directors
    Voting for Southern Board Positions
    Annual Planning


    CORVA Potluck & Firepit

    Thank you and looking forward to your support of the CORVA Annual Meeting!

    Your CORVA Volunteer Board

  • March 19, 2018 5:51 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has the power to order the state to stop operating Oceano Dunes SVRA. The retiring APCD Officer proposed his agency issue a 'Nuisance and Abatement Order' just prior to his departure.  This requires a hearing, which will take place this Wednesday, March 21st, to determine what actions the APCD will take. This could include an order that would close completely the SVRA. 

    Rather than face almost certain closure of the SVRA on terms set by the APCD rather than Parks, SVRA administration opted for an agreement that would allow OHV use to continue, with serious restrictions. Although the hearing board could still issue an order to close the facility at their meeting, this is far less likely with the settlement agreement in place

    We strongly believe Oceano Dunes SVRA must remain open to OHV recreation and oppose severe restrictions that will limit access to the dunes. After the hearing we must all work together to investigate  legal options available. We will do whatever we can to protect our park.

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  • January 05, 2018 11:12 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Media Contact
    Amy Granat, Managing Director
    California Off-Road Vehicle Association
    (916) 710-1950


    January 5, 2018  

    Ocotillo Wells OHV Trails Remain Open to Users Thanks to Actions of California Off-Road Vehicle Association

    Court Rules in Favor of California Department of Parks and Recreation

    Sacramento, Calif. – A lawsuit had been brought against the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Division of Motor Vehicle Recreation by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in 2013. PEER claimed that the state was not protecting cultural and archeological resources within Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, 85,000 acres located near Borrego Springs, Calif.

    The lawsuit lasted several years and sought to limit travel in the park to only routes shown on the official park map, a small percentage of the routes actually in the park. The California Off-Road Vehicle Association led the fight against the closures and played a pivotal role in fighting this lawsuit on behalf of the State. Additional organizations, EcoLogic Partners and Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club, later joined in the legal battle under the direction of CORVA's attorney Jesse Barton.

    On Jan. 2, 2018, the Superior Court of California ruled in favor of the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Division of Motor Vehicle Recreation. Off-roaders can still enjoy full use of the recreation area, while park management can continue to manage the park without fighting a lawsuit.

    “With the recent passage of Senate Bill 249, which renewed the California Off-Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Division, and the win of this lawsuit, a strong foundation of responsible use guidelines for off-road vehicle opportunities has been established in California,” said CORVA Managing Director Amy Granat. “While these successes should be celebrated, it’s critical for off-road enthusiasts to continue to advocate for their rights. CORVA will continue to monitor legislation and engage its members to protect off-road opportunities.”

    View PEER Ruling

    About CORVA

    Working for off-road interests at all levels of government since 1970, the California Off-Road Vehicle Association is based in Sacramento, Calif. CORVA is solely supported by members, donations and sponsors. The organization’s primary focus includes working with federal and state agencies to promote off-road recreation and prevent trail closures, while protecting motorized access in California for the people, not from the people. CORVA ensures that the voices of off-road recreationaists are heard and that off-road trail users retain the right to enjoy public land. For more information, visit

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