Southern California Access Issues

Johnson Valley to be closed August 14-21

The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 14-21, 2016 while the Marine Corps conducts convoy operations and resupply missions to support a large-scale exercise. The closure period will include the time required to ensure the Shared Use Area is clear of recreation activity prior to training and to confirm the land is clear of hazards prior to reopening the land for public access.

The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps will continue to implement robust public outreach to ensure the public is informed of the temporary change in land use.

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Military exercise set for August in Johnson Valley

John Stewart and others review maps of Johnson Valley

Reprinted from the Lucerne Valley Leader, April 12, 2016

Additional public meeting set for June 25

The month-long closure of an area of Johnson Valley popular among off-roaders is essential to preparing our nation's military for battle, according to representatives of the Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms was initially built in 1952, but a lot has changed in more than 60 years. Weapons, both on the ground and in the air, have vastly improved, and the battlefield has become dramatically larger.

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