CORVA TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE JOHNSON VALLEY!
Now is the time for all off-roaders to contact the committee members
listed below. We are asking you to contact at least one of them per
day. Using the talking points below, emphasize how the loss of Johnson
Valley will affect you and your family. The politicians in Washington
DC are on recess this week so you are encouraged to contact them in
their home offices. Remember, be polite but direct.
This important campaign will let them know that Johnson Valley is of
critical importance to all off-roaders. Take the time to share this
information on Facebook and all other social media. Even your friends
and associates from across the Nation or world. Anyone, anywhere who
believes in maintaining off-road access should want to save our OHV area
in Johnson Valley. This is a simple straightforward action YOU can
implement that can really make a difference. Do NOT Wait. Print off
the talking points and make your calls. It will only take a few minutes
every day this week. CORVA will send further information and calls for
action as the process moves forward. Join us and other off-road
organizations in this important cause. Do Not Delay.
Download this message here:
PLEASE MAKE YOUR CALLS AND HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
CALIFORNIA PHONE LIST
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA): District Director Tevor Daley Los Angeles
310-914-7300 fax 310-914-7318
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 22): District Director Vince Fong Bakersfield
661-327-3611 fax 661-637-0867
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA 25): Deputy COS Bob Haueter Santa Clarita
661-254-2111 fax 661-254-2380
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA 41): District Director Rachel Khalili Redlands
909-862-6030 fax 909-335-9155
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA 45): District Director Marc Troast Palm Desert
760-320-1076 fax 760-320-0596
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA 44): District Director Jolyn Murphy Corona
951-784-4300 fax 951-784-5225
Rep. David Drier (R-CA 26): District Director Mark Harmsen San Dimas
909-575-6226 fax 909-575-6266
Johnson Valley Off Road Recreation Area Talking Points
ISSUE: Marine Corps plans to acquire 160,000 acres of BLM land next to
Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center (MCGACC) Twenty Nine Palms
eliminates most of the land available under the California Desert
Conservation Plan (1980) available for to off highway (OHV) recreation
impacting OHV activity and the local and national economy.
Johnson Valley OHV recreation area is 189,700 acres that develops at
least 300,000 visitor days per year and is world renowned as an OHV
Economic impact: BLM estimates $71.5 million annually into the local economy and $191.2 Million into the national economy.
USMC has a new requirement for MEB level maneuver training and intends
to acquire 160,000 acres of this the land from BLM and conduct live fire
on all but 40,000 acres permanently closing access to 120,000 acres.
Local authorities and State authorities and thousands of citizens are opposed to the transfer of this land.
USMC is well into the EIS process and could issue a Record of decision as early as this summer.
Options other than those in the Draft EIS need to be considered:
o Permitted use of land from BLM (like at other BLM sites used for training)
o Other BLM land in the region (not necessarily adjacent).
More time needed for deliberation and seeking options on both sides and with the State.
o Not urgent since Marines have been deploying to combat for 10
years without this extra range should have more time to seek a broader
o Once live fire starts the land is permanently lost. We need to
find accommodation for OHV needs and that will require BLM and State
The US House of Representatives passed an Amendment to the Fiscal Year
2013 National Defense Authorization Act that requires, prior to
transfer, the Secretary of the Navy to provide a report on the new
Marine requirement for this land and on the economic impact and on other
potential solutions to the elimination of recreational land.
In spite of this Congressional interest, the Secretary of the Navy just
entered the final Environmental Impact Statement into the Federal
Register and can now within a short time announce his Record of Decision
to acquire this land.
The intent of the House of Representatives was to slow this down to
have a better look at it. The Navy has run roughshod over the House and
ignored their intent. The House should be angry. We are.
Please call the Secretary of the Navy and tell him to stop this process
until all the stakeholders including federal legislators have had
their voices heard.
If the Marines went through 10 years of war without this extra land, it
surely could wait a few months until all interests could be
PLEASE MAKE THOSE CALLS TODAY!
THANKS for YOUR Support
The California Off-Road Vehicle Association