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.

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.

Marine Takeover of Johnson Valley exposed as Boondoggle by Associated Press Article

December 7, 2011

By Amy Granat, CORVA

In an article published today in newspapers around the country,
writer Robert Burns of the Associated Press quotes Marine Corp
Commandant General James F. Amos stating that the future of the Marine
Corps lies in a smaller, versatile sea-based fighting force based
primarily around the Pacific, including bases in Okinawa and Australia;
“….but not in Iraq or Afghanistan.”

FOGR Participates In National Public Lands Day at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

Volunteers to weeds: You're out!

Jimmy Biggerstaff

MORONGO VALLEY - Weeds met their match here Saturday, when
volunteers from Friends of Giant Rock, Marines from the Single
Marines Program in Twentynine Palms and Bureau of Land Management
firefighters brought their trash bags to Big Morongo Canyon
Preserve.

Safety First!

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State OHV Comission Speaks Against Marines Taking JV

Chuck e-mailed me this…
"Today’s Calif. Public Parks Commission meeting in Ontario was very interesting. The Marines were there pushing hard. After a lengthy public comments session the commission voted on and passed a resolution not to approve or back the expansion of the base to the west. In fact they recommended the no action choice. The Marines packed up and went home early, At the end of the meeting the score was US== one - Marines == zero Chuck"

What Do You Think About Marine Base Expansion Into Johnson Valley

Good-Bye for now Karin

It was sad to hear that Karin Mayer suffered a fatal heart attack late last month. She was just 50.
She and Larry were en route to Iowa to a funeral for his sister at the time. Please keep all their loved ones in your prayers and send an extra special one for Larry as he has suddenly lost both his sister and his bride!
A beautiful remembrance and celebration of life was held Sunday, April 22, at the Landers Moose Lodge where thoughts, prayers, song and scripture were shared by many friends and family members. “GOD SPEED KARIN”. And good bless you Larry.

Congress held hearing on bills related to National Monuments




On September 13, 2011, the Subcommittee on National Parks,
Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), held a hearing on several bills, including H.R.
302
, H.R. 758, H.R.
817
, H.R. 845, H.R.
846
and H.R. 2147, related to National Monuments. These bills would
allow greater transparency and more input from states and Congress before the disposition
of any proclamations pursuant to the Antiquities Act of 1906. National Monument
areas could potentially prohibit off-highway riding in the affected areas.

To view an archived webcast of the hearing, click here.

Last year, there was an internal document from the U.S. Department of the Interior
that showed the Administration is possibly considering a recommendation to
unilaterally designate over 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11
western states as National Monument areas without any public debate. The
western states are Alaska, Arizona,
California, Colorado,
Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oregon,
Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

TWO MINUTES TO HELP RELEASE WILDERNESS STUDY AND ROADLESS AREAS BACK TO MULTIPLE USE

by Jon Crowley on 04/06/11 at 1:14 pm

People often think they are powerless to effect any change in
the government, but we are here to show you this is just not true.
Government is influenced by the people who speak up.

Congressman McCarthy has drafted a very important bill to release lands which were found to be unsuitable for Wilderness over twenty years ago.

Land Use at the Hammers

At the Hammer’s tonight Del Albright and company addressed the crowd with a presentation on Land Use. Some of the key issues were; the need to join forces as organizations to defend the land and trails we so dearly love. The onslaught of wilderness areas, areas of critical concern, study areas need to come to the forefront of our attention and action. Wilderness area designations should go threw congress but some are approved by defacto committees. One thought is to write to the new representatives that just joined our legislators and tell them who and what we are.

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