Update on SB 249: Just a few short months ago, we never would have believed we could take out 90% of the objectionable components of SB 249, and rewrite the bill using current law as the basis for moving forward. Because of your calls and communications to legislators and justified anger at the original language in SB 249, the OHV community was able to convince the author and legislative leaders to work collaboratively on this bill and it's companion bill SB 159. SB 249 removed the sunset for the California OHV recreation program, giving us a permanent program and grants program protected by statute!
Working with the OHMVR Division, State Parks and a coalition representing the united OHV community, we developed common sense approaches to improve upon and replace many of the environmental community's outrageous and unwarranted requests in the original language of SB 249 for more strenuous reporting and monitoring of SVRA's that in many cases would result in spending millions of dollars on plans and reports with no corresponding improvement in environmental protection or improvement in recreational opportunity. We were able to drastically reduce these requirements, but as off-roaders we understood that retaining and refocusing some these analyses will also help defend our parks from frivolous lawsuits in the future.
With the recognition that no piece of legislation is perfect, we've evaluated the final language after all the amendments to these bills to make sure there is no hidden language that could hurt our parks, our access, or grant funding.
We ask all OHV enthusiasts to remain engaged with your parks and CORVA. There will always be entities that oppose off-road recreation, and will try to limit our opportunities and hurt our program, so staying involved is important. A united OHV community with the help of off-roaders around the state worked together to protect the OHMVR Division and our SVRA's this year. With your support, we've accomplished something very important for the future of OHV recreation in California.
CORVA and all of our allied groups that support off-road recreation in California are now united in asking Governor Brown to sign SB 159 and SB 249 which are now on his desk awaiting his signature.
AMA District 37 Dual-Sport is composed of local clubs and promoters that are involved in organizing American Motorcyclist Association sanctioned rides in Southern California. Our goal is to organize and provide enjoyable dual-sport adventures for the on/off-road enthusiast.
District 37 Dual-Sport has succeeded in making LA-B-to-V the most famous and longest two-day Dual Sport ride in the world. 2017 will mark the 34th year for the best 400 mile-plus dual-sport ride of the year. The tour starts the day after Thanksgiving, using creative routes chosen to Barstow and Las Vegas. Gear bags are transported from point-to-point each day. Large Adventure bikes, vintage bikes, side-hacks and small displacement bikes are encouraged to join the fun with the regular dual-sport bikes as long as they are street legal.
The ride leaves from a Los Angeles county location early on Friday morning. After an overnight stop in Barstow, the route continues to The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the exciting Saturday night Awards Ceremony with a raffle and lots of prizes.
Visit the dual-sport message board here:
List of Clubs & Promoters:
For over 15 years, AMA District 37 Dual Sport has been a large supporter of CORVA, providing donations and listing the CORVA website directly on their web-site. District 37 has won multiple CORVA awards for their donations to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTFUS) charity. Each year, District 37 sponsors the PBTFUS Ride For Kids Dual Sport ride from San Bernardino. The one-day event of several hundred dual sport riders usually raises over $45,000.00. More information about AMA District 37 Dual Sport events, including the Ride for Kids dual sport ride and the LA-B2-V ride can be found on the District web-site.
Visit us on Facebook
Sponsored by Honda, the NYPUM program National Youth Project Using Motorbikes; http://www.nypum.org targets youth in difficult circumstances. Their goal is to encourage at-risk youth to greater achievement by using motorbikes as a motivational tool. This program is an excellent example of how motorized recreation serves all communities and enables children to learn and appreciate the outdoors.
Patricia Ureña has been responsible for the very successful NYPUM for the City of El Centro as Recreation Supervisor for over 35 years. She brought two children from the program to speak to the Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Commission and talk about how they have benefited from the program. Chair of the Commission, Ted Cabral, went one step further and invited the two young men to sit at the Commissioner's table and encouraged them to keep riding and get involved with the issues facing off-road recreation as they get older. These children are the future of OHV advocacy in California!
At the latest Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Commission meeting held at the Honda Museum in Torrance, Neil Hamada of the BLM was presented with the CORVA Off-Roader of the Year Award for 2016!
Here's Neil's response: I'd like to post a thank you to CORVA for selecting me for this prestigious award. I am very proud and humbled to receive the Off-Roader of the Year Award, especially as an agency person. There are so many others who deserve recognition, volunteer countless hours, and sacrifice their time and money to ensure off-road recreation opportunities are protected for future generations (like Ed, Ed, and Jim next to me in the picture). The work that I was recognized for would not be possible without the support of all the folks behind the scenes, working in 110 degree heat all summer to get ready for the next season, responding to 911 calls during the season, taking care of the governmental business that keep the OHV areas operational, and cleaning 70 toilets 7 days a week for a million visitors in the dunes. Thanks again, I'll continue to do my best to help serve my OHV community. Sincerely, Neil Hamada
At the OHMVR Commission meeting on Friday, August 18th, a report from the Department of Parks and Recreation was given by a Parks Representative. In that report, it was clearly stated that Parks, working with Governor Brown's office, have determined that many of the environmental components currently in SB249 are redundant, unnecessary and costly, and are not supported by the administration as written. They have also determined that these onerous and duplicative components of the bill would not improve environmental conditions on the ground.
This is very good news, but a good part of the battle still lies ahead. The united OHV Community had already submitted a comprehensive letter to Parks representatives and the Governor's office stating the same conclusions. It seems that we have been heard, and some components of the bill may change and improve. It's a step in the right direction, but only a step. Keep the pressure on your local representatives. This is how we got to this far - because of the hard work of all your OHV advocates in conjunction with the great grassroots advocacy from the entire OHV community.
The Off Highway, out of state Green/Red sticker regulations were quietly changed earlier this year.
Current Procedure: Nonresident off-highway vehicle (OHV) users, when visiting California, must have either current OHV registration from their home state or purchase a California OHV Nonresident Permit. Current practice dictates that these visitors are not subject to California Clean Air Standards as defined in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and can, therefore, operate their California non-compliant OHVs (red sticker motorcycles and ATVs) year round in California.
New Procedure: Enforcement of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations shall be based upon the vehicle and not the residence of the owner. All OHVs that would receive an emissions noncompliant designation (Red Sticker) in California (identified by a 3 or C in the eighth digit of the VIN) may only be ridden during open Red Sticker riding seasons with a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit or an equivalent current home state registration. Riding seasons are determined by CARB and can be found at: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/redsticker_riding.
CORVA has received notice of a number of OHV trails being closed to motorcycles and 4WD travel with no legitimate reason and no upper level authorization. Is this happening in your favorite forest?
Let CORVA know if you've found trails suddenly closed with no signs of damage consistent with a need for an emergency closure. We can't let the Forest Service continue to abuse our off-road rights. And remember, CORVA depends on your memberships and donations to take on the Forest Service and keep your trails open! Donate to Keep Your Trails Open
CORVA is proud to represent all off-roaders who use public land, and had the opportunity to speak against overreaching government actions that created a slew of unnecessary National Monuments in California during the past few years.
National Monument status will always infringe on the rights of American citizens to access their public land. No matter the excuse or justification used, any land designation that keeps people from enjoying the forest or desert goes against the shared ownership of all public land in the US and place unacceptable obstacles on people's freedoms.
As part of a court decision, 42 trails in the Eldorado National Forest were closed pending review of compliance with Forest Service water standards. Some of these trails reopened after it was determined they already complied with appropriate standards, but many important trails remained closed pending further review. The Deer Valley/Blue Lakes Trail remained closed primarily because of the new listing of the Yosemite Toad as a threatened species while the trail had been closed.
CORVA worked with stakeholders and the Forest Service, and proposed a new alternative countering the original Forest Service proposal . CORVA's alternative would allow the Forest Service to open the Deer Valley/Blue Lakes trail for the maximum amount of time while providing appropriate protections for the threatened Yosemite Toad. CORVA is the California OHV organization started enthusiasts tasked with representing off-road interests at all levels of government. This includes research into all aspects that may cause closures of roads and trails, including analysis into all scientific and pseudo-scientific issues that may be used as an excuse for closure.
In this case, Ken Clarke, CORVA president searched for all relevant information relating to Yosemite Toad mating criteria and CORVA then proposed an alternative based on science to allow the trail to reopen for the maximum amount of time each year. CORVA Deer Valley Alternative
After consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, CORVA's alternative was adopted leading to the reopening of this spectacular trail. Thanks go to many people involved in the project, including Doug Barr of the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo's.
The Deer Valley/Blue Lakes Trail reopened to the public on August 3rd. 2017 for the first time in many years!
Visit Website for more information!