San Bernardino National Forest - Stoddard Wells CleanupPosted in Features on June 1, 2006
The Stoddard Wells OHV area serves as a launching pad for the many trails in its vicinity, and as a result it makes an excellent meeting place for 4x4 clubs holding rides or events, as well as for nomad wheelers looking for a good time. In fact, the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) hosts its annual Hi Desert Round-up event at Stoddard Wells each year. Due to the OHV area's proximity to the highway and a city dump, however, it often ends up the recipient of many tons of illegally dumped trash. Aside from the fact that none of us enjoys camping and recreating in a landfill, the litter is as much a detriment to the flora and fauna as it is to our sport. When those seeking land closures see a littered OHV area, who do you think they'll point the finger at first? Not the scumbag cleaning out his garage, but every one of us who uses the land for its intended purpose.
In an effort to clean up the Stoddard Wells area and further reinforce the idea that off-road enthusiasts would rather help the land than hurt it, more than 500 volunteers descended upon the Stoddard Wells OHV area on January 28, 2006, for the Primedia Magazines Stoddard Wells Cleanup, presented by Randy's Ring & Pinion. During the one-day event, volunteers collected more than 36 tons of trash to fill six monster-sized dumpsters. In addition to support from Randy's Ring & Pinion, many representatives from the BLM and the San Bernardino National Forest Association were on site to lend a hand, and the Inland Empire Four Wheelers (IE4W) prepared a delicious lunch of hot dogs and baked beans for all of the volunteers. A great raffle was also held, with numerous prizes being handed out to most of those who donated time.