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  • October 26, 2015 3:37 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    CORVA Exclusive News  - In a recent development, S 414, Senator Feinstein’s Desert Protection and Recreation Act, will be heard in Senate Natural Resources Committee in October 2015.     This is likely to slow efforts by the Obama administration to designate national monuments in the area.

    Companion legislation is expected to be introduced by Representative Cook any day, another key development.

     The LA Times recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein  asked President Obama to bypass Congress and create three new national monuments in California, giving federal protection to more than 1 million acres of desert and other lands.

    Two bills introduced by Feinstein over the past six years languished in Congress amid conflicts among off-roaders, hunters, environmentalists, and mining and renewable-energy interests.

    "Despite strong support from the many stakeholders in the desert, from conservation groups, off-road recreation supporters, counties, energy companies, water districts, business groups and tribes, we have not been able to move it in the Senate, and the House has yet to introduce the version I'm told they've been working on for months,” said Feinstein.

    The California Democrat asked Obama in a letter Aug. 3 to designate monuments known as Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. Doing so would ensure the protection of their natural and cultural resources and recreational and economic opportunities, she said.

    In a statement Friday, Feinstein said she has not given up on winning congressional approval. Her request, which the senator acknowledged after The Times obtained a copy of her letter to Obama, applies pressure on Congress and the various interest groups to resolve their differences or face presidential action in which they have little voice.

    Feinstein was encouraged to seek presidential action by conservation groups including The Wildlands Conservancy, the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Mojave Desert Lands Trust and Friends of the Desert Mountains.

    Much of the land under consideration was purchased more than a decade ago by private citizens and conservation organizations, then donated to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in anticipation that they would eventually come under protection of national monument status.

    Amy Granat, managing director of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association, was disappointed with Feinstein's action. "We believe the use of the Antiquities Act to designate any national monument is an overreach of executive authority," she said.

    San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, whose district includes much of the land targeted for monument status, expressed mixed feelings about Feinstein's request.

    "We want this bill to proceed through the legislative process," Ramos said. "But if the administration moves forward with an executive action, we strongly support protection of existing mining rights in those areas."

  • July 23, 2015 2:59 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Double your donation today!
    Save Access to Our National Forests!

    Inland Empire 4 Wheelrs has already donated $1000.00 to CORVA,
    and they are challenging you to donate as much as you can and they
    will match up to $2000.00 more!

    Your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more can make all the difference.

  • June 26, 2015 4:53 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)
    Go to the Carnegie SVRA Page for all the material needed to send your comments to State Parks to insure the expansion of Carnegie SVRA. Follow link here
  • May 18, 2015 3:01 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    The California Off-Road Vehicle Association celebrates the following new award winners:

    Off-Roader of the Year  - Randy Banis

    Conservation Award - Madhatters 4x4 Club

    Northern Club of the Year - East Bay Hi-Tailers

    Southern Club of the Year - Point Mugu 4x4

  • May 18, 2015 2:59 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    The California Off-Road Vehicle Association held its Annual Meeting this past weekend in Santa Maria and elected Diana Mead as new President of the association.

    Along with a new President, CORVA reelected Bruce Whitcher as Vice President of Public Policy and Land Use. Please support our new board members!


  • May 14, 2015 4:41 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    CORVA is holding a fun and educational workshop to help everyone understand the Carnegie SVRA Expansion and add their support for the project in a meaningful way. Carnegie SVRA Expansion

  • March 18, 2015 5:57 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    CORVA, together with our partners Sierra Access Coalition, Butte and Plumas Counties filed a lawsuit against the Plumas National Forest seeking relief on multiple claims of wrongdoing during Travel Management.

    Check out the webpage for more information, including link to documents, video, podcast and press release here.

  • January 30, 2015 7:55 PM | AJ Granat (Administrator)

    The final planning directives, effective January 30, 2015, are now available. These directives are the key set of agency guidance documents that direct implementation of the 2012 planning rule. The Agency’s goal is to ensure an adaptive land management planning process that is inclusive, efficient, collaborative and science-based to promote healthy, resilient, diverse and productive National Forests and Grasslands. The final directives will support consistent approaches to achieving the broad goals of the 2012 planning rule.

  • June 04, 2014 5:52 PM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

     

    CORVA, Tierra Del Sol, and Ecologic Team Up to Oppose Ocotillo Wells Lawsuit

    The California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA), Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club (TDS), and Ecologic Partners are pleased to announce they have joined forces to oppose the lawsuit seeking to end open riding at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA). Last year, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protection Council (DPC) filed suit against State ...Parks, claiming the open riding policy at Ocotillo Wells SVRA was damaging natural and cultural resources. Jesse Barton of Sacramento has represented CORVA since they filed for intervener status last year, and will continue representing the organization. Joining him will be David Hubbard of Gatzke Dillon & Ballance (Carlsbad), attorney for TDS and Ecologic.

    PEER and DPC filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court alleging that State Parks is violating the Public Resources Code in their management of Ocotillo Wells. The Attorney General has aggressively defended State Parks’ management of the OWSVRA.

    Now CORVA, TDS and Ecologic will be partnering to make sure every possible argument in favor of OHV recreation is developed and argued in this effort to keep OWSVRA open. “The more legal advice we have to help litigate this matter the better” agreed Harry Baker, CORVA President. “TDS has members whose families have recreated in this area for generations” said Tim Augustine, President of TDS, “we felt the more pairs of legal eyes reviewing this, the more likely we are to come out with a win”. Jesse Barton and David Hubbard will collaborate on developing the legal briefs necessary to convince the judge that State Parks has not abused its discretion in the management of the Park and that the natural and cultural resources continue to be protected effectively according to the law.

  • May 20, 2014 11:36 AM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

       I just watched the hearing at: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=379740
    This was only an information gathering hearing, no voting. The hearing is a bit fragmented between different bills due to attendees time commitments. HR 1776 can be seen at the following time segments, 58:00-1:09, 1:21-1:32, and 1:36-1:58.
    Chairman Bishop asked if even stronger language for OHV opportunities could be added to the bill!! Rep. LaMalfa stated he was on "our" side. Mr. Roundtree, representing the BLM, claimed to not know about the publics perception of the potential asbestos hazard but was quick to support the EPA asbestos report. Steve Koretoff did a good job of presenting a quality statement and answered questions presented by the committee.



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