Friends Of Giant Rock (FOGR) is a non-profit organization formed to address issues of concern to off-roaders, Keep riding areas open, promote responsible OHV use, help keep our desert clean, define and address unreasonable legislation restricting off-roading, enjoy the desert and have fun.

People could lose 103,000 acres of Johnson Valley multi-use area.

John Conger, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations and Environment at the Department of Defense. • September 27, 2013

Thank you for your petition.
The Administration’s proposal for expansion of the land reserved for
use by the Marine Corps balances Marine Corps training requirements that
extend throughout the year with preserving safe public access for
recreational activities within certain areas of the Johnson Valley
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. The proposal was transmitted to Congress
for consideration on April 26, 2013, because, for areas greater than
5,000 acres, Congress is responsible for creating and renewing
withdrawal of public land for military training and testing.
This base expansion plan was developed over the course of nine years
in consultation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), community
leaders, and recreational users and was subject to an environmental
impact statement that assessed the needs, alternatives and impacts of
large-scale training exercises at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air
Ground Combat Center.

Moratorium on commercial wind and solar electrical generation sites‏

This Wed., 6/12/13 at 11
am, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is holding a special meeting
to consider a moratorium on any new commercial wind and solar projects in the
county, until the County General Plan can be amended to deal with them. Please
e-mail these three Supervisor Chiefs of Staff a short letter such
as:

Weigh in to Save RTP in CA!

Take Action

Click Take Action to urge Governor Brown NOT to opt
out of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).  If Brown
opts out of the program federal fuel taxes paid by motorized
recreationists when they fill up their dirt bikes, ATVs, ROVs,
snowmobiles or four-wheel drive vehicles will no longer be
dedicated to building or maintaining natural surface
recreational trails in CA!

TAKE
ACTION!

29 Palms Record of Decision Press Release‏

Betty Munson forwarded
this notice that the Marines have announced their Record of Decision (ROD) to
expand westward into our Johnson Valley public recreation lands. It's up to us
to fight this in Congress. Please stay tuned and ready to fight. Insisting that
our Congressmen stop this is what we need to do now. Please call, write, or
email yours now.   Bill

California's popular Johnson Valley riding area may get reprieve from military base expansion

PICKERINGTON,
Ohio -- Riders who use the popular Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle
Riding Area in California may not lose most of the area to a Marine base
expansion after all, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The
military is barred from spending money on expanding the Twentynine
Palms military base into Johnson Valley until it completes a report on
how the expansion would affect off-highway riding, under a military
spending authorization bill approved by U.S. House and Senate conferees
on Dec. 18

CORVA TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE JOHNSON VALLEY!

CORVA TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE JOHNSON VALLEY!

Now is the time for all off-roaders to contact the committee members
listed below. We are asking you to contact at least one of them per
day. Using the talking points below, emphasize how the loss of Johnson
Valley will affect you and your family. The politicians in Washington
DC are on recess this week so you are encouraged to contact them in
their home offices. Remember, be polite but direct.

This important campaign will let them know that Johnson Valley is of
critical importance to all off-roaders. Take the time to share this
information on Facebook and all other social media. Even your friends
and associates from across the Nation or world. Anyone, anywhere who
believes in maintaining off-road access should want to save our OHV area
in Johnson Valley. This is a simple straightforward action YOU can
implement that can really make a difference. Do NOT Wait. Print off
the talking points and make your calls. It will only take a few minutes
every day this week. CORVA will send further information and calls for
action as the process moves forward. Join us and other off-road
organizations in this important cause. Do Not Delay.

DAC Task Group to Host Meeting in the Greater Barstow Area

More of our favorite desert roads are
in danger of being closed. This will affect our recreation and livelihoods. If
possible come to the Desert Advisory Council's meeting this coming Sat., Aug.4,
from 8am to noon at the Lucerne Valley Community Center at the west end of
Pioneer Park. There will be maps where we can identify the roads we want left
open or closed. I hope to see you there. There will not be many more
opportunities like this one to express your desires. Let's protect our desert

Marine Base Expansion‏

This was released today 7/27/12.

Taking over the Johnson
Valley open area within three miles of Cougar Buttes is still the Marines
beurocracy's preferred choice. We have 30 days to object.  
Bill

Urgent!!! Contact the Governor to save the OHV Program.

email alert from Americans for Responsible Recreation

Yesterday, we contacted you regarding the relevant Assembly and
Senate Budget subcommittees passing the "Sustainable Parks Proposal"
which would shift up to $31 million from the OHV Trust Fund in order to
pay for the State Parks budget shortfall. Now we also need to urge the
Governor to veto the provision in the state budget.

CALIFORNIA Legislature Votes to Gut OHV Program!

SACRAMENTO (May 31, 2012) -  Earlier today, the Assembly Budget
Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation voted to steal up to $31
million dollars from the California Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund and
transfer it to non-OHV related programs.   This pilfering of
user-pay funding is part of the “Sustainable Parks Proposal” being championed
by the California Parks Foundation, other anti-OHV organizations, and
California State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo
Alto).
Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D- Petaluma) argued strongly in favor of the
plan which he knows will directly impact destination OHV areas throughout the
state including nearby units on the Mendocino and Six Rivers National
Forests,  the BLM Cow Mountain Recreation near Ukiah, and the BLM Samoa
Dunes Recreation Area near Eureka.  Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee)
was the lone voice on the committee that opposed the continued theft of trust
funds monies.

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