Whether you enjoy blasting through the open desert or tackling a tight technical trail, land access is an issue that affects all dirt lovers equally. The California Four Wheel Drive Association has brought to our attention three current legislative issues that could limit access or increase off-highway (OHV) recreational area use in several popular wheeling areas.
One Million Acres of California Desert to be Designated National Monument!
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s invitation has been accepted by the Obama administration and the POTUS is said to be visiting the California desert to have a public meeting on Tuesday October 13th to consider designating one million acres of desert national monuments. In addition to the President’s visit, Senator Feinstein has legislation moving forward in the Senate that addresses the National Monument designation and also statutorily designates five OHV areas.
The Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) believe that it is completely inappropriate for the Obama Administration to consider a National Monument designation due to Feinstein’s current legislation working it’s way through the Senate.
You can help end this outrageous land grab by writing the President and the Interior Secretary Here and asking them to oppose the National Monument designation of 1 million acres of California desert
Legislation to Create Six National OHV Areas in CA Desert Needs Support
California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation House Bill (HR) 3668 would create five new national OHV areas in the California desert and give off-roaders access to an additional 60,000 acres of land, including Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley.
In addition to the five new national OHV areas, HR3668 would designate Johnson Valley as a National OHV park and expand it by additional 20,000 acres.
This legislation would increase land use by a substantial amount in some of the most popular desert destinations and could use your help. You can support HR368 by writing your U.S. Representative Here.
Reopen Clear Creek National Recreation Area
HR 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act, would designate 75,000 acres of Federal public land in Fresno and San Benito counties as the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and grant access to the use of OHV into the future. In addition the 75,000 acres of land, 21,000 acres of the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness will be included giving more land for responsible OHV use.
To help support HR 1838 write your U.S. Representative and ask for their support in passing the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act Here.
We’ve all dealt with land closures whether it is public or private, now’s your chance to help increase land use for all off-roaders!
Source: California Four Wheel Drive Association