EMERGENCY CLOSURE EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2008 OF 31,000 ACRES WITHIN THE CLEAR
CREEK MANAGEMENT AREA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began conducting a
study in 2004 on asbestos exposures experienced by CCMA users during typical
recreational activities. The study was conducted to provide BLM with
information to manage and minimize human health risks at the CCMA and to
update a similar study conducted by the BLM in 1992.
May 1, 2008 the EPA released the report, “CCMA Asbestos Exposure and Human
Health Risk Assessment.” The report stated the exposures measured by EPA for
many recreational activities at CCMA are “above the EPA acceptable risk range
of lifetime cancers.” It also notes that children “have greater risk than
adults due to higher exposure measurements [and] are of special concern
because their exposures occur earlier in their lives.
Based on the findings in the report, BLM simultaneously enacted an immediate
temporary closure on May 1, 2008 of 31,000 acres of the area to all public
access/entry upon release of the EPA report while a Resource Management Plan (RMP)
to determine the long-term management of the area is underway. The BLM’s
number one priority is to protect the public’s health and safety.
the next two years, BLM will be preparing a Resource Management Plan and
Environmental Impact Statement to guide the long-term management of public
lands within the CCMA. EPA and BLM will host a public meeting to discuss the
results of the EPA Human Health Risk Assessment and BLM will discuss the need
for the temporary emergency closure on May 8, 2008.
The Fee Program has been suspended and
partial refunds will be issued to all persons who purchased a Season Pass.
May 8, Santa Clara Convention Center,
5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, EPA and BLM, open house from 3:00 –
5:00 pm, meeting from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
May 19, Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 649
San Benito St., Hollister, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
May 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
CBD Lawsuit against Clear Creek and
BLM is dismissed by the court. This is very good
Johnson Valley Area
Off-Road Area update
The Department of the Navy announces its
intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) to study alternatives for meeting Marine Corps
Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) sustained, combined
arms, live-fire and maneuver training requirements.
The proposed action is to request the withdrawal of
federal public lands, acquire state and privately
owned lands, and to seek the establishment of Special
Use Airspace with the effect of expanding the Marine
Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Twentynine
All written, oral, or telephonic comments regarding the scope of issues that the Department of the Navy should consider during EIS
preparation must be received before January 31, 2009. Written comments or requests for inclusion on the EIS mailing list may be submitted to Project Manager (Attn: Mr. Joseph
Ross), Box 788104, Bldg 1554, Rm 138, MAGTFTC/MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8104.
Three public scoping meetings have been scheduled and the meeting locations are as follows:
1. December 3, 2009, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Twentynine Palms, CA; Twentynine Palms Junior High School, Hay's Gym, 5798 Utah Trail,
2. December 4, 2009, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Victorville, CA; Hilton Garden Inn Victorville, 12603 Mariposa Road.
3. December 5, 2009, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Ontario, CA., Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way
Permit program for the Rand
Mountains Management Area (RMMA)
On November 1, 2008 the Bureau of
Land Management's (BLM) Ridgecrest Field Office,
in coordination with Kern County and the California
Desert District Advisory Council (DAC), will be
implementing Phase I of an education and permit
program for the Rand Mountains Management Area (RMMA).
Phase I will feature a no-cost permit to operate a
motorized vehicle in the RMMA issued by an authorized BLM
representative. The permit package will include a map of
the designated open route network within the RMMA as well
as educational information on resource issues in the
Phase II, to begin in approximately one year, will expand
the permit program to include a fee to cover the
administrative costs of the program. The administrative
costs will cover law enforcement, monitoring, maintenance
and implementation of the permit program. Phase II will
have a mandatory educational requirement and written test
before a permit will be issued to operate motor vehicles
in the RMMA.
In accordance with the West Mojave plan amendment to the
California Desert Conservation Area plan and the
environmental assessment for the interim closure to
motorized vehicle use of selected routes within the
Western Rand Mountains Area of Critical Environmental
Concern (ACEC), BLM will rescind the interim ACEC
closures of routes R5 and R50.
10:00 a.m. on November 1, the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office
OPENED routes R5 and R50 at the Southern end of the RMMA
on R5 near Camp "C".
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF CHANGES TO PROPOSED
REGULATIONS ADDITIONAL 15-DAY COMMENT
Regulations received during the written comment period
(August 22 through October 6, 2008) and at the public
hearings held on October 7, 2008 and October 9, 2008
in Sacramento and San Diego,
Attend a BLM Public Meeting to Learn About the
October 23 & 24, 2008
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Marine Corps will
hold two open-house style public meetings to share
details about the possible expansion of Twentynine Palms
Marine Base. This plan includes land to the east and west
of the base, and could result in the removal of most, if
not all, of the 189,000 acre Johnson Valley Off-Highway
Vehicle Area from public use! It could also mean the
forced sale of almost 72,000 acres of privately owned
one of the public meetings to let BLM and representatives
of the Marine Corps know that closing or
“withdrawing” Johnson Valley from public use
will have significant impacts with the loss of this
irreplaceable and unique area.
BLM needs to hear from you to help inform them during the
decision making process! The removal of Johnson Valley
from public use must not happen without offsetting the
enormous loss of recreational lands that will occur IF
the current base expansion moves forward as
ATTEND ONE OF
THESE PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS TO LEARN
Thursday, October 23, 2008 4:00 – 9:00
Hay’s Gym, Twentynine Palms Junior High School 5798
Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
October 24, 2008 1:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 9:00
Hilton Grand Inn Victorville · 12603 Mariposa Road,
Victorville, CA 92395
Valley offers unmatched year-round outdoor opportunities
for multiple use visitors and residents throughout high
desert communities. Its varied landscape is punctuated by
steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry
lake beds and sandy washes. It is used extensively for
competitive racing events, OHV free play, gem and mineral
collecting, rocketry, land sailing, filming and has
numerous opportunities for hiking, rock hounding,
wildlife watching and disbursed camping.
designated “open” area in the California
Desert provides the recreational resources and value on
this broad scale.
Oct. 4th 2008 11:30 AM Cal City is
expanding riding opportunities
Cal City will have a Grand Opening of
the new Cal City Business Trail (CC-10) from Borax
Bill Park to the Business Center. Opening ride will
start at 11:30 at Borax Bill Park and will enter the
Business Center at 12:00 Noon. The trail is 11 Miles
1-way. The Business park will host a D.J. in the new
OHV Parking Lot. OHV’s can now visit stores and
restaurants at the center including: <
X-Spot BBQ, Wimpey’s Burgers, Quiznos, Coffee
Company, and Rider’s Choice. The trail
will be open weekends until sunset. ** Riders Please
stay on the marked trail into the city to help ensure
the success of Cal City working to expand trails for
Johnson (Lucerne) Valley - Economic Impact - I NEED YOUR
Hi Everyone, My name is Kim Carpenter, I am a member of
AMA/District 37. I am also a member of Rovers MC, Rescue
3 and I also provide medical/rescue services with
Motorsports Medical the official medical provider for
SCORE both in the states and in Mexico.
I have been active behind the scenes in the Johnson
Valley (Lucerne Valley) land issues ie., Marine Corps
expansion and proposed windmill project.
I am gathering information on behalf of the Partnership
for Johnson Valley and have been invited to participate
in the Lucerne Valley Economic Development meeting on
September 2nd. This is where your help is needed. I am
trying to gather as much info on how off-roading
financially impacts Lucerne Valley. Think about the past
six months and the times you have been out to Lucerne
Valley. I need an estimate of how much you guys spend in
gas, groceries, restaurant and misc expenses such as
hardware store, water, dump fee's etc.
I need the BIG picture to present at this meeting. This
info will then be forwarded to the powers that be who are
initiating the Marine Corps expansion.
I will be making the same post on the Race-dezert and
District 37 forums. Please only respond to me once. I
want the dollar figure to be big but accurate.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and time.
Hopefully, we will make a difference. Should you have any
questions for me you can email me at
Thanks again, Kim C
The meeting will be on Wednesday
May 21st at 7pm at Graziano's Pizza Restaurant 1080 E Washington St. Colton, CA
92324 (909) 824-2770.
From the North, take the
Washington Street exit off the Southbound 215 freeway and turn left at the
light. From the South, take the Washington Street exit and make two left turns
over the freeway. Graziano's is located on the left between McDonald's and Del
Freeman Properties Public Meeting:
Oct 24, 6pm to 8:00pm Borrego Springs Resort, 1112 Tilting T
Drive Borrego Springs, CA
a public meeting will be held at the Borrego Springs Resort, to
inform the public about the acquisition of the Freeman Properties
by California State Parks. The Freeman properties are
approximately 4,000 acres of desert land located just east of the
San Diego County border and north of highway S-2. The area
contains many sensitive natural and cultural resources and has
been used for off-highway vehicle recreation for many years.
Information will be given regarding the process that will be used
to prepare the General Plan and environmental documents for the
properties. General information will also be given regarding some
of the interesting features and resources found in the area. The
meeting will start at 6:00 pm and will conclude at 8:00 pm. The
Borrego Springs Resort is located at 1112 Tilting T Drive,
Borrego Springs, California 92004.
Contact Kathy Dolinar at 760 767-5391
Feb 7,2005 Rim of the Valley Land Grab Re-Introduced,
Massive new Park Service land grab.
S 153 - US Senate, HR 355 - US House of Representatives
You won't believe how large and far reaching this proposal is. Get the whole story
Feb 11,2005 Letters are needed to support option #6sim
of on the Furnace Creek Road Environmental Assessment.
Jan 31,2005 Comment Sought on the Furnace Creek Road Environmental Assessment.
The Inyo National Forest and the Ridgecrest Office of the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) are seeking comment on the Furnace Creek Road Environmental
Assessment. This document analyzes and discloses the environmental effects of
six alternatives that respond to the issues associated with the Furnace Creek
Inyo National Forest project information
Because a lot of hard work by some the nicest off-roading
families in the world, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is finaly
considering changes to OHV ordinance 3973.
But, the Friends of Giant Rock (FOGR) believe that most of the Folks affected by
this ordinance are still unaware of its history, its significance or its present
And, FOGR needs the help of everyone who recreates in San Bernardino County and
anyone who believes that requiring a permit for a family to assemble on their
own land, is just plane wrong.
So,please continue to petition the Supervisors for an ORV friendly outcome.
Our Supervisors have FOGR's proposal but they need to be reminded about how
important their decisions are to us and how united the off-roading community is.
See the ordinance and the proposal at www.friendsofgiantrock.com
FOGR believes education and enforcement is the answer, not repressive
laws that make criminals out of good people.
There is still time to act. So tell your neighbors, tell your friends and most
importantly, simply, tell the Supervisors to... "Please Consider FOGR's
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
Chair (of agenda item #69, 8/21/07) Paul Biane
385 N. Arrowhead Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0110
Jan 24,2005 On Friday February 11, 2005 the California State Park and Recreation
Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley 8757
Rio San Diego Drive in San Diego. A major item on the agenda will be an action
to approve the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Preliminary General Plan and Draft
Environmental Impact Report. We have the support of elected officials who
represent this area, but we need your help! Please plan to attend this very
important meeting. Show your support for a complete rewrite of this terribly
flawed Plan. Show your support for our elected officials who are fighting to
keep this Park open and welcoming to all visitors. Get all the info.
The San Luis Obispo county board of
supervisors voted to defer their decision on the sale of the Le Grande Tract
(that is inside the Oceano Dunes SVRA) to a later closed session.
Discussion centered around unresolved issues concerning the permit from the
Coastal Commission under which the SVRA operates as well as how the SVRA
conforms or does not conform to the county general plan. Unresolved issues such
as traffic, sand, and other impacts on the adjoining communities remain a
concern the BOS feel must be addressed as part of any sale agreement.
The appraisal of the property was also questioned as it was conducted by the
State by a local appraisal, although knowledgeable county staff felt the
appraisal was "solid".
Knowledgeable insiders predicted this outcome. Negotiations between the county
and state are to continue.
This is the final decision for Sun
L. A. City Council will make it's
last vote to support or stop the track.
The City Council vote on Sun Valley
Motocross has been Scheduled for
Friday February 1st at 10am.
A huge attendance at this
meeting is really needed. Please
bring as many people as you can. Everyone who shows will get a Sun Valley Motocross Pin and be eligible for
a free track day. Please wear your MX jerseys!
The City Council Meeting on Friday, February 1st will be held at:
Marvin Braude San Fernando
Valley Constituent Center, First Floor conference room, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys 91401
If the City Council votes to uphold our Zoning Approval, we're just weeks away
from the Dirt Wurx designed and built tracks to be open!
A. City Council will make it's last vote to support or stop the track.
This is the final decision for Sun Valley Motocross. We need as many people to come as possible.
The City Council vote on Sun Valley Motocross has been Scheduled for Friday
February 1st at 10am.
A huge attendance at this meeting is really needed. Please bring as many
people as you can.
Everyone who shows will get a Sun Valley Motocross Pin and be eligible for a
free track day.
Please wear your MX jerseys! The City Council Meeting on Friday, February 1st will be held at: Marvin
Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Center First Floor conference room 6262
Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys 91401 If the City Council votes to uphold our Zoning Approval, we're just weeks
away from the Dirt Wurx designed and built tracks to be open!
Please forward this to all your contacts so they can be alerted and make plans
to come. If Sun Valley Motocross is new to you, please see
Get on the Sun Valley Motocross mailing list.
The huge interest in this event was not anticipated and
it should have
been stated that participation is limited by our zoning restrictions.We've had numerous people saying "I'm coming" who haven't been confirmed and
are not on the list.
Sorry, but unless you've been told your in, you're not. (Another hint - people
coming have their children riding.)
The Planning and Land Use committee voted to support the appeal, in essence
opposing the motocross track. Councilman Tony Cardenas sent a staff member to
the hearing to relate that “the Councilmember cannot support the motocross
track.” Only 5 people showed up in opposition to the project.
The fight for the motocross track is not over.
This item will be before the
full City Council on Wednesday, October 31st at 10:00am.
Simply tell them your name, and in your own words that you want them to
support the Sun Valley Motocross Park.
We Need people
to come to this meeting. The more people we have,
the better the odds are that we'll prevail.Bring your friends,
October 16th, 2007, at 2:00p.m. City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los
Angeles, CA 90012, Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room, #350.
make plans, and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you're coming and how
many you're bringing.
Aug 26, 2007
The SUN VALLEY MX TRACK
approval has been appealed a second time. (It can only be appealed
There are now 2 dates set for dealing with this appeal:
1. Planning and Land Use
Management Committee - September 11th, 2007, at 2 P.M., at City
Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in the Edward
R. Roybal Hearing Room, #350.
2. City Council - September 26th, 2007, at 10 A.M. at City Hall, 200
North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in the John Ferraro Chamber,
You, your relatives, and
friends of all ages are urged to attend and show support.
Please make plans, and
email@example.com to confirm you're coming and how
many you're bringing.
April 21, 2007
Approximately 100 motocrossers showed up for the Sun Valley
MX Public Hearing.
After a dramatic and hard-fought battle, track owner John Foley and Zoning
Administrator Nick Brown emerged victorious. The Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of upholding the Zoning
Variance issued in January.
Though there may be more red tape to get through - planned opening of the
tracks is August 2007. All who attended are highly thanked for your continued support
of Sun Valley MX!
April 8, 2007
Motocross Track FINAL Public (APPEAL) Hearing
We need your help! RIDER
SUPPORT helped get the zoning variance for the motocross facility APPROVED –
but 3 people have appealed.
The FINAL Public Hearing is
coming up fast!
We need as many
people as possible to attend and support the track. Please show up with your
friends/family, register, and speak if possible.
(same location as before):MarvinBraudeSan Fernando ValleyConst.Center First
Floor conference room 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys 91401
Please confirm your attendance
Questions? Call John Foley at (818) 353-4459.
Valley Motocross is 2 miles north of the
BurbankAirport, one minute from the 5
Freeway. Approved for
Main, Intermediate and Pee Wee tracks--and watered by a
custom irrigation system.
June 9, 2005
Castaic MX track just passed it's first of many hurdles, it passed the Land
Use committee last night. Please go to
www.castaic.org and vote "yes" on the questionnaire on the right
side of the home page, in favor of the Castaic Action Sports Complex. The
opposition keeps stating there is no demand for an MX track in Castaic, let's
show them that there is.