Friends Of Giant Rock (FOGR) is a group 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.

Extremely Urgent Action Needed, Johnson Valley‏

Feinstein needs input. Act Now!

We need to get on board with this today! Send her email of your usage of Johnson Valley and its value to you and your friends. Also send her an email each time you go out to visit JV, send photos if you have them. Continue until a decision is made.

DIANNE FEINSTEIN STAFF INDICATES JOHNSON VALLEY IS INFREQUENTLY USED BY RECREATING PUBLIC

The Partnership for Johnson Valley urges users of Johnson Valley to email Senator Feinstein's office with a personal message to keep the 189,000-acre multiple-use area as public land

OHMVR Commission finds no evidence of OHV abuse

Public Safety Update
Morongo Basin
At the December 3rd Commission meeting, the Commission and the Division received letters from residents of Wonder Valley describing OHV conflicts and private property trespass. The Division has received additional emails and letters from these reporting parties and from other Morongo Basin residents. The Division’s Public Safety Team (Superintendent John Pelonio and Supervising Rangers Kelly Claar and Vince Anibale) was assigned to investigate the complaints.

FOGR Pushes Forward

Dear Members and Potential Members

There are two cases that FOGR has identified as having potential to turn the heads of county supervisors in favor of changing our SAD ordinance 3973. One case for staging citation 28.0404 and one for written permission needed on private property 28.0403. Both have been tried, found guilty and are currently in the appeal stage.

New Johnson Valley Petition‏

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/SaveJohnsonValley-SpecificPlan/

From: Advocates for Access to Public Lands
Hello Folks,

As you know, AAPL supports the Partnership For Johnson Valley (PFJV) in
their efforts to save one of the best OHV areas in the California desert.
They have created the petition above to convince Marine officials of the sheer numbers
of JV users who will be harmed by the loss of JV to OHV use.

They have collected 1200 signatures in the first days of the petition and let's double that amount for them!

CORVA Action Alert, 90 million OHV funds "Borrowed"‏

CORVA Action Alert, 90 million OHV funds "Borrowed"‏

Part of the Governor’s latest budget proposal is a $90M loan from the OHV Trust Fund to help balance the state budget!

Although we understand that the state is in the grip of the worst budget crisis in history, this loan is not a solution to the problem!
Why? The law requires that this loan must be repaid within 2 years, so all this does is delay a real solution to the budget problem.

Similar tactics have been tried in the past. In recent years the state budget was often balanced by borrowing billions from constitutionally protected trust funds reserved for highway construction and repair of local streets and roads. Local governments united to oppose this borrowing gimmick and the governor and legislature agreed to stay away from borrowing from local government trust funds this year. Unfortunately this commitment does not extend to our OHV Trust Fund.

The squeeky wheel crys wolf!

Apparently Wonder Valley residents don’t feel that our local authorities are capable of handling the multitude of criminal off roaders that harass, intimidate, and threaten the Wonder Valley residents. So some have petitioned the State Parks Department of OHV to intervene. Last Friday three members of State Parks in Sacramento converged on Wonder Valley to investigate and determine what action if any should be taken. Could it be that these trumped up charges are simply not true or highly exaggerated, and maybe even provoked by certain persons jumping out in front of a passing rider.

PFJV hosts meeting with local businesses and Military representatives from Twentynine Palms

PFJV hosts meeting with local businesses and Military representatives from Twentynine Palms

For Immediate release
January 11, 2009

What was to be a routine meeting to discuss the proposed expansion of the Twentynine Palms MCAGCC chaired by Harry Baker turned into an emotional discussion about the economic impacts the military's proposed expansion would have in Lucerne, Johnson, Yucca Valley and surrounding communities if tourism was removed from the region.

"This is a Route 66 scenario" said one of the business owners concerned about local impacts on tourism that could turn our communities into ghost towns.

Save the future of our outdoor experience - Save Johnson Valley

Johnson Valley – 189,000 acres of 1986 state designated open access territory for public use. It’s the place we camp, ride, work, live and take for granted that it will always be there. It takes in Means Dry Lake, Melville Dry Lake, Soggy Dry Lake, Anderson Dry Lake, Galway Dry Lake, MDR/MORE coarse A and B, Multiple mining claims, Multiple Motorcycle club coarse, the HAMMERS, multiple organized and non-organized outdoor activities.

The BLM has withdrawn this public land as part of a environmental impact study requested by the US Department of the Navy for expanding Twenty-nine Palms Air Ground Combat Training Center. In two to five years this land we take for granted could be gone, closed to public access and use.

As part of a large group made up of various user groups, we support the need for adequate military training. We must identify for the BLM, the Military and federal legislators the value that this area has for us on all levels. We must make requests for the military to strongly consider expansion to the lands east contingent to the existing base for training needs.

If this effects you or has value to you in any way there are three things you must do.

Morongo Basin Search & Rescue 'Desert Run' Huge success

Morongo Basin Search & Rescue 'Desert Run' Huge success

The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue event was a huge success, in spite of a healthy breeze that persisted the weekend. The organizers gave us a front row seat at the main base. we handed out hundreds of flyers, gathered signatures for our ordinance efforts and talked till we were blue in the face.

Mitzelfelt letter supports a Marine expansion to the East and away from Johnson Valley.

Recent meetings with the Supervisor, Congressman Lewis, Senator Feinstein and the Partnership have resulted in the Supervisor's call for a de-designation of less than wilderness quality areas in eastern San Bernardino County. This de-designation would, according to Mitzelfelt, "facilitate the expansion toward an area with little conflict with desert residents" and "save the BLM's largest public OHV area for continued use."

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