As you may know things are heating up with the Military wanting to use the Johnson Valley OHV area as an expanded government training facility. This would basically eliminate Soggy Dry Lake (the location of many of our RallyX events) and leave us with one less venue to rip around in the dirt. Not only that, but this will also take away various trails for quads, dirt bikes, and buggies. There are already some groups that are formed and working to fight this military overtaking, but we need to raise awareness in our community to try to prevent this from happening as best as we can. Once Uncle Sam has this land, he’s not giving it back.
Source: http://www.sharetrails.org/letters-p...tter.php?id=29To increase its live-fire training facilities, The United States Marine Corps is planning to expand its 598,000 acre Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms in southern California. In order to do this expansion, they are preparing take over 180,000 acres of BLM land in Johnson Valley.
In withdrawing this land from the BLM, the Marine Corps will be effectively shutting the OHV community out of one of the most important and highly prized OHV trail systems on the west coast. The famous Hammer trails system in Johnson Valley is considered Sacred Ground for the 4x4 community, losing this trail system would be like Golf losing Augusta, or baseball losing Wrigley Field.
There are other avenues the Military can take for training their troops, they just took this one because it was the path with what they thought would be the least resistance. Let’s prove them wrong.
Here is some very good information about how we can fight back with letters to Congressmen and other decision makers, sending “written comment sheets” to the BLM, and getting involved in local town meetings.
Use this online form to generate a letter to send to the BLM to express your disagreement with the military's land use decision:
Other resources for more official and up to date information regarding this issue can be found here:
Partnership For Johnson Valley: http://www.pfjv.org/
Friends of Johnson Valley: http://www.fojv.org/forum (specifically JV Land User forum)