Hammerking Productions, the founders of The Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, are pleased to announce that the week-long off road festival held annually in Johnson Valley, CA will be able to continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. After six years of negotiations between the United States Marine Corps, the federal government and the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Community, a deal has been reached to preserve the majority of the land in Johnson Valley for OHV use.
Congressman Paul Cook spearheaded the deal which allows nearly 100,000 acres of land to remain open to the public and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Marines will have access to approximately 55,000 acres of shared use land for 60 days a year to meet their training objectives, but will not retain ownership of the land the remaining 305 days a year. The proposed legislation is expected to pass the House later this week and the Senate next week before the holiday recess.
Are you all out of gift ideas for your favorite four-wheeler? We have just the thing: a gift membership to Cal4Wheel. They will thank you.
Plus we're throwing in an added bonus: a coupon for both you and your lucky gift recipient that gets you $10 off most of our CA4WDC-sponsored events for 2014. Hurry though, because this special offer ends on December 31.
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Thanks to all of you who attended the recent public open house meetings held in the East Bay Area to detail the Draft Preferred Concept for the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area General Plan (DPC). Draft Preferred Concept.
Members of extreme anti-OHV groups were also there to try to impose their closure agenda on the OHV community and DPC planning team. Over the last seven years, those closure advocates have worked with East Bay Regional Parks on a massive and fraudulent campaign to build political support for an outright ban of OHV use on the Tesla property. They have been making weekly, if not daily, visits to the offices of State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan demanding legislation to enact an outright ban of OHV use at Tesla.
California State Parks will conduct two public workshops as part of the comprehensive public involvement program for the Ocotillo Wells SVRA General Plan and EIR. The format of both workshops will be identical.
These are Open House events – drop by anytime, and stay as long as you’d like!
CONVENTION 2013 GALLERY
Convention time is approaching quickly and will be here before you know it. Have you made your hotel reservations?
Friday night hospitality is in the works with Mark Cave chairing this event. We are planning a taco bar and drinks. We are seeking donations to purchase beverages. The Friday night hospitality is united as one with all three districts. See old friends and meet new friends.
Saturday morning is life membership breakfast buffet. Jerry, Bev, and Barbara Hicks have graciously agreed to help out with this event. We are looking for donations from members for the raffle. Funds raised help with the scholarship program. Please let me know if you have some donations.
The North District is proud to announce that Troy McClintock was elected as the North District Membership Chair during the October district meeting. Troy brings loads of enthusiasm to the position. Read Troy's introduction here
Troy replaces Scott Rasmussen, who resigned his position. The board would like to thank Scott for his years of service to the association.
Two clubs were added to the North District rolls as well: