Access Issues

Cal4Wheel meets with CA State Parks Director Lisa Mangat

Today Cal4Wheel met with California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat and Deputy Director Maria Mowery.  We wish to thank them for the opportunity to meet and listen to issues of concern to Cal4Wheel members.

Cal4Wheel provided a briefing paper outlining our points of concern that was used as the basis of the discussion.  Cal4 is calling for a permanent Deputy Director and a full complement of administration and staff to manage the nationally recognized OHMVR Program.

The discussion focused on the importance of the OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements component.  Within that framework, while the 9 State Vehicle Recreation Areas are an important part, the partnership with federal partners is the main beneficiary of the OHMVR Grants program.

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Jones bill to restore and protect OHV funding clears transportation committee

Bill clears Assembly Transportation Committee and now heads to Appropriations Committee

A bill by Assemblyman Brian Jones (R- Santee) to stop the state from taking money from off-highway vehicles (OHV) passed unanimously out of the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday.

“California’s OHV program allows people to go off-road and into nature so that they can enjoy the beauty of our state,” Jones said. “OHV users pay fees to participate in this program, and it is wrong for the state to spend their money on completely unrelated projects.”

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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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Comments submitted on behalf of members

Cal4Wheel has recently submitted comments on some administrative actions that will affect OHV recreation opportunity.

The comments are directed to the Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Evaluation Process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and supplementary comments to the Draft West Mojave Route Network Project Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Cal4Wheel has previously submitted comments directed to the Intent to Prepare Environmental Assessment of Motorized Vehicle Management in West Mojave Planning Area

Cal4Wheel represents clubs and individuals within the state of California that are part of the community of four-wheel drive enthusiasts. The main focus of Cal4Wheel is to protect, promote, and provide for motorized recreation opportunities on public and private lands. Many of our members participate in multiple forms of recreation; including but not limited to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding, and gem and mineral collection.

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Sierra National Forest to hold OHV grant review meeting February 17

The Sierra National Forest will host an open house on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Sierra National Forest Headquarters at 1600 Tollhouse Road in Clovis between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is for the public to review and comment on the Forest’s OHV preliminary 2015/2016 grant cycle application. Feedback from the meeting will be considered into the development of the preliminary grant application to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR)Division.

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHV Grants Program. The Grants Program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high quality, OHV recreation areas, roads, and trails.

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Rep. Paul Cook introduces California Minerals, Off Road Recreation and Conservation Act

Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) introduced HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act. This bill presents a balanced approach to protecting, managing, and using our desert and forest areas in San Bernardino and Inyo Counties. This bill would deal with the management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership.

This bill establishes a Mojave Trails Special Management Area (SMA) in an area south of the existing Mojave Preserve and northeast of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. This designation protects existing mining operations and allows for future mining exploration as long as mining projects never exceed ten percent of the total acreage. It would also prevent the installation of any industrial-scale renewable energy projects. Additionally, this bill would protect from development any lands within the management area donated to the federal government for conservation purposes. Over 1,200 miles of roads and off-road vehicle trails are written into law as well.

This bill establishes five new National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas in Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley, together creating the first system of National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Areas in the nation. Additionally, it redesignates Johnson Valley as a National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and expands it by nearly 20,000 acres. This bill affords additional protections to OHV users and ensures that these areas cannot be closed administratively. In total, this legislation preserves a total of 300,000 acres for OHV recreational use.

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