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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.
RE: May 9th FOGR meeting – We had a very good turn out and a very informative meeting. Thank you to all of you that took the time to come out and shame on you that did not. The practice of sticking your head in the sand is not going to get it done. Mr. Neil Derry was there and presented his case and plea. Mr Derry is running against Dennis Hansberger for County Supervisor. I am not one to try to tell anyone else what to think or what to do (unless provoked) but I was quite impressed with his demeanor and frankness. It is time for a change!
San Bernardino County
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Ordinance #3973
History Comments and Snide Remarks
San Bernardino County has had an Off-Highway Vehicle ordinance for nearly 40 years.
Ordinance #1590 was adapted in 1970 to address “MOTORCYCLES AND OFF-THE-ROAD VEHICLES”. It required spark arrestors and mufflers and that noise not exceed the state motor vehicle code limits. Ironically, it attempted to address trespass problems by requiring “written permission”.
That ordinance was amended in 1986 to comply with Californ State law(penal code 602) regarding “written permission vs. private property” and it became ordinance #3096.
Now, more than twenty years later, off-roaders and property owners alike are supprised to be facing radical and unfair changes as the ordinance has been rewritten, yet again.
Today, as OHV Ordinance #3973, the County again challenges State and Federal law with respect to vacant and unmarked, property and a citizen’s right to pass. But new and of particular note is the assignment of County Code personnel to act as quasi-police officers in enforcing these new laws including the unecessary requirement of expensive “Staging Permits” to assemble on ones own land.
Land closures, water supplies, and politics
If your favorite BLM riding area is within the shaded area, you could lose it to alternate energy interests.
A Coalition recently met with California Marine Base representatives to discuss possible base expansion into existing Off-Highway Vehicle recreation areas.
Surveyors eye Johnson Valley
April 8, 2008 - 2:56PM
TWENTYNINE PALMS — Bureau of Land Management and United States Marine Corps officials this week confirmed that permits have been issued to look into expanding the facility at Twentynine Palms — possibly by as much as 100,000 acres into Johnson Valley.
EDUCATION THE REAL ANSWER
Requiring a staging permit for more than nine people is unreasonable. It interferes with the family assemblages of about half of the off-roading community. Many families have a place they go to play pert near every weekend. Permits could cost them literally, thousands of dollars a year.
For most of us to know, weeks in advance, if we'll even need a permit is virtually impossible for all but the special occasions.
Some of the questions on the application can't even be answered truthfully in advance.
Please consider this:
“Off-roading helps build family foundations. It provides quality-sharing time. Whether it’s preparing recreational equipment together, anxiously looking forward to the fun trip or the subsequent arrival and enjoyment of adventurous riding together. It’s playing together, mutually appreciating what nature has provided, sharing the day’s challenges around the campfire, eating together and meeting friends. It’s leaving the troubles at home, and instead, sharing new family experiences. Parents learn about their children and children about parents. Returning home with memories of a time with family and with lifelong relationships built through this sharing of common interests. It builds values and character which continues for generations.”