What do you get when you cross a vast area of open land with a congested urban center nearby? All too often, the answer is randomly dumped trash. Since off-roaders are people of action, we decided to do something about the trash that stains our favorite off-roading areas.
Off-Road magazine, together with Primedia siblings 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility, JP, Four Wheeler, and Four Wheel & Off-Road, gathered with a group of fellow enthusiasts in Johnson Valley, California, on a chilly, rainy desert day to see how much trash we could properly dispose of.
Johnson Valley is a significant off-road-vehicle area because its terrain is used for off-road activities from rockcrawling to motorcycling to desert racing. Vast valleys slumped between jagged peaks make for a varied menu of open-travel terrain to enjoy.
Plenty of trash waited for the picking. We were expecting to find the usual bullet-riddled beer cans, mattress springs, and threadbare tires. These items were indeed plentiful in the nooks and crannies of Johnson Valley. We also happened upon a good assortment of trash that was undeniably left by off-roaders who may have forgotten that poor land stewardship adds up to locked gates and unfriendly fences
We're planning to make the cleanup an annual event. Next year's exact location and date have yet to be determined as of press time, but we'll spread the news both in our pages and on our Web site (www.off-roadweb.com) as soon as details are available.