Southern California Access Issues

Site visit September 6 to discuss military training in Johnson Valley

Site visit to discuss locations of military training in Johnson Valley's shared use area

Representatives from the United States Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will be available to meet with stakeholders at the proposed company objective sites in the Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley on Sept. 6 from 7:30-11 a.m. This will provide state agencies, off-highway vehicle interest groups and environmental advocacy groups the opportunity to discuss locations and use of the company objective sites for future military training within the Shared Use Area in accordance with the Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013.

In addition to state agencies, off-highway vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups, all interested groups, organizations and members of the public are welcome to attend the discussion.

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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. 

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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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