The California Off-Road Vehicle Association thinks it is shameful for the President to take this action now when even the sponsor, Senator Feinstein has stated repeatedly that she would prefer to see a comprehensive legislative solution that protects the entire desert region. Now that comprehensive bills are finally being heard in the Congress, this action is premature and will almost certainly cause many of the delicately negotiated compromises to protect other sensitive resources such as those in Imperial County and other desert counties, to be lost forever.
Link to BLM Press Release
At todays OHMVR Commission meeting, it was announced that Commissioner Diana Perez had resigned and Commissioner Erin Hafkenschiel will also resigne so she and her family can move out of state. Today was the first meeting attended by a new Commissioner, Tom Lemmon. You can check his bio:
Commissioner Lemmon is a desert rat by birth having been raised in Ocotillo Wells. His exposure and participation in the off road community spans over five decades before there were green stickers, site maps or road signs.
Commissioner Slavik's term has ended and he is hoping to be reappointed by Gov. Brown.
And the BIG news is that we are loosing Deputy Director Chris Conlin who is retiring so he can spend more time with his family. I hope that Gov. Brown can find a replacement that is as good as Chris.
Last year, Deputy Phil Jenkins retired for medical reasons and his position has a temporary replacement.
As some of you know, there are use restrictions at the Ocotillo Wells SVRA due to the potential endangered species listing for the flat-tailed horned lizard. A meeting of the Calif. Fish and Game Commission is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2016 to discuss the approval of the Department's request for a six month extension to complete the petition to list the flat-tailed horned lizard as an endangered species. The meeting starts at 8:00am and the discussion is the 3rd item on the agenda and live streamed at www.cal-span.org.
All members welcome for the CORVA Board of Directors meeting
Monday, January 25th from 7:00 - 9:00pm
Phone Number: (857) 232-0158 • Access Code: #104206
Governors 2016 Proposed Budget Summary
pages 111, 112
• Off‑Highway Vehicle Loan Repayment and Fuel Tax Transfer — A repayment of
$112 million of General Fund loans made from the Off‑Highway Vehicle (OHV)
Trust Fund and a one‑time transfer of $31 million of existing fuel tax revenues,
currently deposited into the OHV Fund, to the State Parks and Recreation Fund.
This proposal supports the Administration’s commitment to pay down debt while
maintaining existing service levels across the entire state parks system, including the OHV Program. The transformation team will continue to identify improvements for the Department’s long‑term fiscal viability.
(The detailed proposed budget shows the $31M coming from the Motor Vehicle Fuel Account, not the OHV Trust Fund).
The OHMVR Commission will use this public meeting to more fully consider the Carnegie SVRA General Plan Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report.
The Commission will receive a full report on the Carnegie SVRA General Plan Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report. The public will have an opportunity to provide comment at the meeting and the OHMVR Commission can provide feedback to the OHMVR Division.
A follow-up OHMVR Commission Meeting is expected to be scheduled for spring 2016 to consider approval of the Carnegie General Plan/Environmental Impact Report. That hearing will have its own thirty day public notice and the Draft General Plan/Final Environmental Impact Report will be available for review 30 days prior to the hearing date.
During the OHMVR Commission meeting on February 5, 2016, the Commission will:
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200 • Sacramento, CA • 916-324-4442 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on agenda items will be available for review at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. If individuals are unable to obtain information through this source, please contact the OHMVR Division at (916) 324-4442. Referenced materials may undergo modification and will be available to the public as changes are made.
The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) is hosting two public workshops regarding proposed changes on Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation on Jan. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 18 (time to be determined) at the Best Western Plus, Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center.
These facilitated workshops will provide an opportunity for dialogue, discussion and the exchange of ideas between winter recreationists of all kinds and STF staff, all of which share an interest in the outcome of this project.
The Forest, along with four additional forests in the Pacific Southwestern Region, is undertaking this analysis to improve management of OSV use and to designate a system of OSV trails, including groomed trails, and to meet the required terms of a settlement agreement between the Forest Service and Snowlands Network, Winter Wildlands Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity.
In reviewing the DRAFT Proposed Action for OSV Designation, please consider the following questions: Have we missed any major areas or routes that historically have been used by snowmobiles? If so, where and how are they being used?; Is the DRAFT Proposed Action clearly stated and mapped? If not, how can it be improved?
For any questions or comments, please contact Phyllis Ashmead, project coordinator at 209-532-3671 ext. 322 or email at email@example.com. For further Forest information, call: the Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office at: 209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District (RD) at 209-795-1381; Groveland RD 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok RD at 209-586-3234 or Summit RD at 209-965-3434.
The Forest Service has been evaluating information related to Forest Plan Revisions for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests for years. As the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement comes closer to release, it is more important that the public engage with their favorite forests.
CORVA has engaged with the Forest Service repeatedly during the last few years, and now is the time for all forest user to work with their local forests. Post any questions here about Forest Plan Revisions, and we will post the answers on our dedicated Forest Plan Revisions web page.
BLM Issues Temporary Restricted Access for 2016 King of the Hammers Race
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will temporarily restrict access to
selected public lands in the Johnson Valley OHV area within San Bernardino County from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 during the 2016 King of the Hammers Ultra Race. Temporary public land restrictions are implemented to ensure public safety, protect the environment and safely facilitate the event.
The public is reminded to respect regulatory signs and to cooperate with race officials and local law enforcement officers in order to help spectators stay safe and ensure the success of the off-road race. The areas will be reopened to the public as soon as they are cleared of all race-related materials.
For detailed temporary restricted access information please contact the Barstow Field Office at (760)
There are many that actively oppose OSV access on public land. If you support all forms of access, please attend the upcoming meeting at the Stanislaus National Forest.
The Stanislaus National Forest will be hosting a public workshop regarding Over-Snow Vehicle Use (OSV) Designation on Monday, January 25, 2016