Access Issues

Comments on USMC's plans for Johnson Valley due September 15

Jeep on obstacle at Johnson Valley. Photo by John Ingenito.

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On September 6, the BLM and US Marines Corp conducted field visits to three sites that the USMC has proposed as company objective sites in the Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley. Two of the three proposed sites will be used for training two months each year during times that the Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley is under exclusive use by the USMC for training exercises. Each proposed site is approximately 22 acres. The proposed sites will have berms of earth constructed approximately 150 meters end-to-end.

Comments have been requested on the preferred proposed "company objective" areas. CA4WDC endorses the use of Objective Areas #1 and #2 as defined on the map. CA4WDC has submitted comments on behalf of its members; however, we are encouraging all concerned users to submit comments of their own.


Scoping begins on revised forest plans for Inyo, Sequoia & Sierra

Scoping workshops this month, comments due by September 29

The U.S. Forest Service today announced a 30-day public scoping period to start the National Environmental Policy Act process for revising forest plans on the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The scoping period begins August 29, 2014 with the publishing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register.

The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are three of eight national forests selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans under the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans on national forests across the nation.


URGENT ALERT: Road Usage Fee pilot program heading to Governor


Bill to create "Road Usage Fee" pilot program approved by legislature Bill on its way to Governor's desk

Legislation (S.B. 1077) to establish an advisory committee to study a road usage fee was approved by the California Assembly and Senate. The bill now goes to the governor for his approval or veto. Under the bill, the group would propose the tax as an alternative to the gas tax and make recommendations on the design of a pilot program.

We Urge You to Contact Governor Jerry Brown Immediately To Voice Your Opinion on S.B. 1077


Comments needed on Sequoia road decommission proposal

The attached map details roads proposed for decommissioning in the Sequoia National Forest Western Divide Ranger District. If anyone has specific information about their importance to 4x4 recreation, pleased contact John Stewart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with your comments.

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Trespass laws to be enforced at popular OHV site

The Red Bluff Police Department announced Wednesday it would begin enforcing trespassing laws on a piece of property located at Walnut Street and Baker Road that is frequently used by all-terrain vehicles.

In a press release the department said it had been contacted by several residents in the area in regards to the constant off road traffic of dirt bikes, quads and four-wheel drive vehicles that recreate in the hills of the area.

The Tehama County Air Pollution Control District has also investigated complaints regarding the amount of dust in the air.


Bramham writes his last report

jim-bramham copyIt is with a wide range of emotion that I write what will be my last report as your NRC. It is been both a pleasure and an honor to serve the association and the interests of OHV in this capacity. I especially appreciate the Board of Directors and our Presidents Mark Cave and Steve Egbert for their leadership. The BOD is an ever-changing group with a broad range of responsibilities. They absolutely cannot do all the things that need to be done for this association by themselves. We as members need to support them and show them our appreciation. The association needs your help in many ways, the foremost of which is to increase our membership. This association means something to you, or you wouldn't belong! Share that with your friends and fellow four-wheelers and add them to our membership. Simple math says if we each get one person to join we would double the size of the association. It is easier than you think!

Our association has a rich history and an even brighter future. The recent BOD meeting was a clear example of that future. The positive tone and cooperation have returned to all our recent meetings but was especially good to see at the BOD level. I have seen great progress in healing our relationships both internally and externally over the past several years. We are poised once again to take the leadership roles within the OHV community that will benefit our association and OHV in general.


Nightmare at Nightmare Gulch

nightmare-gulch-trespass-1While on patrol on June 11th, State Parks Law Enforcement discovered a significant amount of 4X4 off-road damage at the north end of Nightmare Gulch in Red Rock Canyon State Park. It appears that a group of unknown off-roaders blazed their own path to follow the boundary fence line and find its weak spots. They were successful, and entered Nightmare Gulch during the birds of prey nesting closure.

This was a large group of people in 4X4’s who collectively decided to violate state law. It is estimated this happened within the last two weeks, and there were at least eight vehicles in the group. See attached pictures showing the damage. 


GOP bill would delay grouse listing for 10 years

A Colorado House Republican today will introduce a bill to delay the Interior Department's listing decisions for two Western sage grouse species by a decade and give states the lead in conserving the birds' habitat.

The bill by Rep. Cory Gardner is the latest effort by Western Republicans to forestall Endangered Species Act protections for the greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse, two charismatic, ground-dwelling birds that roam millions of acres of Western rangelands.


Marines detail plan for Johnson Valley

Reprinted from The Desert Sun, May 8, 2014

YUCCA VALLEY – Off-road enthusiasts, conservationists and local residents got their first look Wednesday night at the new configuration of Johnson Valley after Congress handed over 132,000 acres of the off-road recreation area to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

About 25 people attended a joint presentation by the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps during a meeting at the Yucca Valley Community Center.

On Dec. 26, President Barrack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, appropriating 79,000 acres to the combat center for exclusive military use, 53,000 acres for shared use by the public and the combat center, and designated the balance of the area — 43,000 acres — as the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.


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