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.

MORE RIDING AREA AT RISK

The 29 Palms planning commission meeting was basically uneventful. Both sides of the OHV issue were heard. Bottom line was a continued study of a “conceptual” OHV plan was approved. I came to realize that it’s not just inter-city access trails that they're talking about but also the local motocross tracks and OHV recreation areas of 29 Palms. The city officials seem to realize economic and social benefits of a OHV friendly community but pressure from the same anti-OHV zealots we’ve been fighting all along are having a negative effect on any progress the city makes.

FOGR Update

Hi All
Here are some things that have transpired over the last couple days. At a HVCC (Homestead Valley Community Council) meeting Monday local communities discovered that FOGR are not bad guys. We provided valuable information regarding the proposed Mojave monument, wind and solar projects in their area, including a recent application by Padoma Wind Power to plant a wind farm on New Dixie Mine Rd. between the two Bighorn wilderness areas.

From Brad Mitzelfelt Newsletter

Supervisors Approve Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Agreements
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on August 4 approved an off-highway vehicle enforcement agreement with the state Department of Parks and Recreation. Through the agreement, the County will receive grant funding totaling $242,825 to be used for OHV enforcement in the Victor Valley, Barstow and mountain areas.

California Desert District of the BLM "Public Lands"

Public lands within the California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management fall within one of the following three types of vehicle use designations:

(1) Areas that are CLOSED to all vehicle travel, such as designated wilderness and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.

(2) In the Open Areas of Stoddard Valley, Johnson Valley, El Mirage, Dumont Dunes, and Rasor cross-country travel is designated OPEN and is allowed.

ERROR'S - EDUCATION - EVERYTHING ELSE

I would like to make a correction to my article “Don’t ride on private property” The individual cited for trespass was not 83 years old as I stated but will turn 69 this month Happy Birthday Don, sorry about rushin it.. ..

Friends of Giant Rock has a mission statement that includes education. This education was intended for off roaders both residents and visitors as to the local laws, legal riding areas, safety and good neighbor practices. Unfortunately much of our time is spent researching the 29 Palms MCAGCC proposed expansion, the influx of solar and wind projects to the valley, the proposed California Desert Conservation act that includes a national monument designation of over 1.5 million acres of public land. Not to mention a continued effort to rectify a staging code and return the right to assemble on one’s private property.

Giant Rock - One of many targets

Among the many applications to acquire public land for solar and wind power projects is thousands of acres near Giant Rock and all the land between spy mt. and goat mt. many off roader and camper use Giant Rock and are able to access Johnson Valley area easily. Public Comments are currently being accepted in regards to the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the NEPA act for evaluating the in depth study in Southern California.

URGENT>>>Tell the governor of California not to use ohv trust fund dollars<<<URGENT

Tell the governor of California not to use ohv trust fund dollars to fund non-ohv state parks. FUNDS RAISED IN THE COURSE OF OHV RECREATION should ONLY BE USED TO SUPPORT OHV RECREATION

California residents are urged to contact the Governor and ask him not to destroy the OHV program, which is one completely self funded program and receives no support from the state’s General Fund.

Ray’s report on the Wonder Valley CSA 70 Meeting

This information is from a meeting Hawkins and I attended in Wonder Valley 5/28/09 regarding CSA 70 roads and recreation at the Wonder Valley community center.

Opening remarks were from Pam Vandervoort special districts regional manager. Discussed were issues of road maintenance and equipment they are trying to acquire.

Fire Department reps were there with stats and info and request for volunteers.

FOGR garners third place ribbon in Grubstake Days Parade

FOGR garners third place ribbon in Grubstake Days Parade

FOGR had a respectable turn out this year in the Yucca Valley Grubstake Days Parade.

Receives 3rd place ribbon in mechanized entry!

Buggies, Four wheelers, bikes and quads were represented, along with the family spirit of our recreational activity. Brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas and friends of all ages had great time taking part in the parade.
Thanks to the Town of Yucca Valley for the privialge of participating in a time honored local tradition.

See FOGR Fhotos in the left sidebar for pictures of this and other events.
Hope to see more of you next year.
Mark

May Fun Run

Thanks to everyone that came out this past Saturday May 30 to the FOGR Fun Run. We had a great turnout - 92 strong at last count. We enjoyed great weather, good trails (we'll mark them next time) and a BBQ.

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