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Trying to understand HR 3668

As some of you may have heard, Representative Paul Cook, a republican from the 8th district, has introduced H.R. 3668; the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act.

We as Off-Highway Vehicle users are, as a whole, extremely uninformed. With this article, I hope to give a better understanding of H.R. 3668. H.R. 3668 has some good things for OHV users but, at the same time it has quite a few things I find detrimental to our sport. As users of public lands it is always best to be skeptical of any promises made. What a bill looks like and reads is usually very different when it finally comes out of committee.

“The preface of the bill states; to codify in law and expand certain off-highway vehicle recreation areas in the State of California, to designate as wilderness certain lands in the State of California administrated by the Bureau of Land Management, to expand the Death Valley National Park Wilderness, and the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest, to ensure the conservation and necessary management of wildlife in these wilderness areas, to establish the Mojave Trails Management Area in the state and other places.”

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New Hi Desert Round-Up location is success

Hi-Desert Roundup changed its location to the Slash X Café/RV site off the 247 just South of Barstow about 15 miles!! What a great spot for the event. We had such great participation and good words of the site we had obtained for the 44th Hi-Desert Roundup.

You are in close location to the Pumpkin Eater Trail and Achy Breaky and three or four more I can't recall right now!!

The weather (W) even co-operated and didn't blow us off our seats!! We did have a couple dust devils that threw Steve Gardner's two EZ-ups over some trees and the one Angela Cook and I were using for the raffle took off and landed on Keith Graham's company truck???

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Open gates

Don't let your trail's gate close

All of us love an open gate. Sometimes we see them on our morning commute, or way out in the desert as we head out with our toys. What lies beyond it? Is the public allowed? We make a note to check it out someday.

That day finally comes and you arrive at the gate. Only this time, it’s closed and a prominent sign confirms that it was closed with finality and purpose. Another opportunity lost. You wonder to yourself if there was something that you could have done.

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