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Rally to save The Hammers

Posted in Features on March 1, 2008
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It has recently come to all of our attention that the Marine Corps are trying to buy up land from the BLM near their training base in 29 Palms California. Why does this affect us you ask? The land that they are trying to purchase encompasses some of the most famous trails in the state, if not the country, The Hammers.

Now I know what you are thinking, you're thinking "What can I do to help stop this?" Well the good folks at have come up with an idea. In an unprecedented attempt to rally the wheeling public for a stand against this potential travesty they have come up with the idea to hold a Virtual Rally.

I could describe the Rally for you, but Lance from Pirate4x4 did a better job already so here it is...

"Virtual on-line Rally to be Held by 4x4 EnthusiastsOff Highway Vehicle enthusiasts organize to hold first ever online rally over trail closures

In a landmark event, thousands of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) users across the world will participate in a online, Virtual Rally to voice their concerns over a popular OHV area in Southern California. On Wednesday March 12th, 2008, a leading website for the OHV community, will hold this rally from 2 to 6 PM PST.

The Hammers trail system in Johnson Valley, California is being considered for requisition to expand the United States Marine Corps training facilities, which would effectively eliminate public access to Johnson Valley's unrivaled OHV Mecca.

Virtual Rally participants will be asked to post their experiences, photos and history recreating with their families in the Johnson Valley Area, and the concerns they have with losing this unique recreational resource. These comments will be posted and tracked in bulletin-board format, with a goal of creating a lasting record of how important this unassuming stretch of desert is to a vast number of people from many places -- some who visit Johnson Valley multiple times a year, and others who just dream of the opportunity of visiting the Hammers in the future. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the rally and read the thread, as this is a public rally, you do not need to be a member of to read what is posted.

Families and clubs have recreated in this area for many years with OHV's, and competitive rock crawling, rock racing, motorcycling, and ATV events have been held there for more than a decade, with significant rewards for the area economy. In February, the famed "King of the Hammers" annual rock race crowned its king."

So let's all band together, for one day, to help save the areas that we all love to wheel.

Visit tomorrow at 2pm PST and let your voice be heard!

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