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.

FOGR Update

Ordinance 3973 remains high on the agenda, the staging permit issues is currently under protest, we are taking it to the next level. Interestingly the documents that support our argument such as letters and news release from county staff and stakeholder members are being rejected by county council. It seems to me that when the professionals resort to technicalities to uphold a ordinance the majority doesn't want they must be afraid of something or someone.

The fight of 28.0403 vs PC602.2 is right around the corner, we think that county’s name change game (Land use issue as opposed to trespass) is another technicality that’s not right if even legal.

At our last FOGR meeting Deputy Sheriff Rick Collins explained that the county assumed jurisdiction of all dirt roads, easements in the county. Making them vehicle code applicable. Your private easements in unincorporated San Bernardino otherwise know as CSA roads were simply taken by the county council stroke of a pen. Oh but don’t ask them to be responsible for road road maintenance or safe conditions there-of. A special thanks to Deputy Sheriff Collins for taking the time to address our members.

Partnership for Johnson Valley 'Update' III

This just in from PFJV. Twentynine Palms Base Expansion Withdrawal Notice will be published in the Federal Register early next week. That notice will include the announcement of two BLM public information meetings to discuss exactly what the withdrawal means. Explanation of terms, study timeline, etc.

Those two meetings are 'tentatively' scheduled for October 23 & 24. Locations and time to be announced, but they will most probably be held at LARGE facilities in towns at the east and west ends of the base.

Scoping meeting dates will also be announced shortly, these meetings will probably happen in the late November/December timeframe, and it has been said that there will be at least three.

Marine Base withdrawal map of Johnson Valley OHV area

Marine Base withdrawal map of Johnson Valley OHV area

The yellow line is the boundry of the OHV area.
The blue line in what the Marines are looking to take.
Link to full map: http://www.29palms.usmc.mil/las/docs/MCAGCC_Study_Area_20080821.pdf
Link to Marine Corps. press release: http://www.29palms.usmc.mil/las/pr_08_004.asp
Link to application for withdrawal of public lands: http://www.29palms.usmc.mil/las/docs/blmpkg13aug08.pdf
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Partnership For Johnson Valley 'Update' II

Partnership For Johnson Valley 'Update' II

July 7, 2008

THE PARTNERSHIP FOR JOHNSON VALLEY HOSTS A STRATEGY MEETING AMONG OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE LEADERS
The Partnership for Johnson Valley, in the spirit of cooperation, met with off-highway industry leadership to discuss possible Marine Base expansion into Johnson Valley

BLM Schedules Public Meetings for West Fry Wind Energy Project

Thursday, 12 June 2008 05:40
BLM Schedules Public Meetings for West Fry Wind Energy Project
The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled public scoping meetings for the West Fry wind energy generation facility project, which proposes to install approximately 34 wind turbines and ancillary electric facilities on approximately 3,100 acres of public lands in the West Fry Mountains, within the Johnson Valley off-highway vehicle area northeast of Lucerne Valley, in San Bernardino County, California.

Partnership for Johnson Valley 'Update' I

June 5th, 2008

THE PARTNERSHIP FOR JOHNSON VALLEY MAKES PRESENTATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE MARINES REGARDING POSSIBLE BASE EXPANSION INTO JOHNSON VALLEY

The Partnership for Johnson Valley, Formed to Represent Outdoor Enthusiasts and Business Interests in the area, Seeks New Members to Help Support Continued Access in Johnson Valley

And Johnson Valley OHV shrinks somemore...

BLM Announces Intent to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for West Fry Wind Energy Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced its intent to publish a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed West Fry Mountains Wind Energy Project (West Fry Wind Project) on public lands in the California Desert.

A funny thing happened to me this weekend.

5/9/08
While innocently riding my street legal, licensed and insured motorcycle around an area in Landers looking for a new found friends house.
I found myself being photographed by a resident, so I gave her a friendly wave and continued on my way.

29 Palms Training Land/Airspace Acquisition Study

Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long has this acquisition been in the works?

A. The Marine Corps' Requirements Oversight Committee initiated the effort in 2002 by asking for a study to determine what the requirements were for meeting future training requirements. It has been reviewed at various levels within the Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense since, receiving validation and confirmation through all echelons.

For more FAQs: http://www.29palms.usmc.mil/las/faq.asp

Fate of Johnson Valley in your hands.

Fate of Johnson Valley in your hands.

Off-highway vehicle recreation areas in California have shrunk away over the last 30 years, but the biggest and best open riding area has always been in Johnson Valley.
Whether you like to bring the kids and camp for the weekend, enjoying the wide variety of scenic trails; whether you are a rock hound or a wildlife watcher out in your 4WD; whether you are a motorcycle racer or a rock crawler; Johnson Valley has something for everyone who enjoys the desert.

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