California Off-Road Vehicle Association
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  • July 25, 2022 2:47 PM | Amy Granat (Administrator)

    CORVA represented all off-road enthusiasts in California on the stakeholder committee during the years of negotiations. The Managing Director of CORVA, Amy Granat, has continued monitoring and particpating with the ongoing amendments in the ensuing years. 

    The DRECP overlaps with WEMO and covers almost 11 million acres of land with a lot of off-road opportunities. "Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan | Bureau of Land Management" https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/plans-in-development/california/desert-renewable-energy-conservation-plan

    Archeology affects access to off-road opportunities more than we generally recognize. There have been calls to create incentives for heavy users of land within the DRECP area to be subject to mitigation and additional fees for preservation measures. Most of this is geared towards development, especially solar development, but off-road recreation is considered a use with significant impacts to the land, and we have to be aware and comment when necessary as representatives of the greater off-road community in California. 


  • July 25, 2022 2:25 PM | Amy Granat (Administrator)

    A Bipartisan group of congressional representatives are working with the House Natural Resources Committee to save the iconic Giant Sequoias in California.

    https://republicans-naturalresources.house.gov/newsroom/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=411361

  • July 25, 2022 2:17 PM | Amy Granat (Administrator)

    Off-roaders take the condition of roads and trails in public land so seriously, that we have the highest percentage of volunteerism with the Forest Service as a recreation group!

    The following link: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/1c4565c092da44478befc12722cf0486 tgoes to a link with a map to check on fire conditions for all public land in California, both Forest Service and BLM. 

    The Managing Director of CORVA, Amy Granat, reminds all off-roaders to "know before you go"! This is a theme of this year's OHV Safety Week sponsored by the OHMVR Division of State Parks in SVRA's throughout California on October 15 through October 23rd. Free classes will be offered for UTV, ATV and Dirt Bike Training. Call your favorite SVRA force more information, or check their website. 

  • July 25, 2022 2:06 PM | Amy Granat (Administrator)

    It is fire season in California, and more than most visitors, off-roaders are more intimately aware of on-the-ground conditions on public land. Many of us volunteer with the Forest Service throughout the state to maintain our trails, and understand the danger fire causes to our recreation opportunities. The Forest Service is on a mission to protect the icnoic Giant Sequoias, but the Managing Director of CORVA, Amy Granat, wants to remind the agency that OHV roads and trails also deserve protection. She states, "recreation enthusiasts who visit public land place a very high value on their opportunities, and urge the agency to protect high value off-road trails in the forests throughout California.

    https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2022/07/22/forest-service-taking-emergency-action-protect-giant-sequoias

  • July 25, 2022 2:01 PM | Amy Granat (Administrator)
    During this fire season, the Managing Director of CORVA, Amy Granat, wants to remind all off-roaders visiting public land of the importance of obtaining a California Campfire Permit. The restrictions below from the Mendocino National Forest are similar to fire restrictions throughout public lands in California. According to Amy, "California Campfire Permits are easy to obtain online through the CalFire website: "Campfire Permit - Ready for Wildfire" https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/. During the summer months when many of us are traveling and having fun off-roading, make sure to carry your Campfire Permit. In addition, visitors should go to the website to plan your visit and check for designated fire safe campgrounds".

    Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed in this order. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel and may also build, maintain, attend or use a fire, campfire, or stove fire


  • August 18, 2021 5:19 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    California Legislative Alert

    AB 1512 (Bauer-Kahan) Off-highway vehicular recreation: Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area:  Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area

    AB 1512 is in the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File to be heard on Thursday, August 26th, Upon Adjournment of Session

    The Off Road Vehicle Legislative Coalition is comprised of several statewide or regional organizations of OHV enthusiasts.  Our coalition has reviewed AB 1512 and strongly opposes this bill.   AB 1512 would deny opportunities for local Bay Area residents, including the elderly and disabled and motorized recreation enthusiasts.

    • It will set a precedent, allowing for the sale of any State Park where neighboring property owners seek relief from a perceived “wrong” in that Park.
    • There are legislative and institutional processes in place to dispose of State Parks properties. These processes were deliberate in their development to ensure careful consideration of all factors before these assets would be sold or redesignated.  AB 1512 seeks to do an end run around these institutional processes. 
    • Opposition to the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), whether the expansion property or the current park, is a local issue. Statewide legislation is an abuse of legislative resources. Consider that this is the fifth year in a row such legislation has been introduced, and it still is directed at a single State Park.
    • SB 249 (Chapter 459, Statutes of 2017) outlines specific processes and standards for State Vehicle Recreation Areas such as Carnegie, that exceed the standards for other State Parks. The proposed conservatorships would not be required to meet these high standards nor be required to be accessible to the California public.
    •  Carnegie SVRA meets the standards established for an urban park. Elimination of this resource is in direct conflict with this standard.

    Contact your Senator and Governor Newsom NOW to oppose AB 1512

    Senate Appropriations Committee List:

    SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Committee

    Member

    District

    Party

    Room

    Phone

    Portantino, Anthony (Chair)

    25 

    5050 

    916 651 4025 

    Bates, Patricia (Vice-Chair)

    36 

    3063 

    916 651 4036 

    Bradford, Steven

    35 

    2059 

    916 651 4035 

    Jones, Brian

    38 

    4088 

    916 651 4038 

    Kamlager, Sydney

    30 

    4062 

    916 651 4030 

    Laird, John

    17 

    4040 

    916 651 4017 

    Wieckowski, Bob

    10 

    4085 

    916 651 4010 

    Senate Appropriations Committee Social Media

    Senate Appropriations Committee Social Media

    Legislator

    Dist

    Party

    Facebook

    Twitter

    Portantino, Anthony (Chair)

    25

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/portantino/

    https://twitter.com/Portantino

    Bates, Patricia (Vice-Chair)

    35

    R

    https://www.facebook.com/patbatesca/

    https://twitter.com/senatorpatbates

    Bradford, Steven

    35

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/BradfordforSenate

    https://twitter.com/SteveBradford

    Jones, Brian

    38

    R

    https://www.facebook.com/senbrianjones/

    https://twitter.com/senbrianjones

    Kamlager, Sydney

    30

    D

    https://m.facebook.com/SenSydneyKamlager/ 

    https://twitter.com/sydneykamlager

    Laird, John

    17

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/SenatorJohnLaird/ 

    https://twitter.com/SenJohnLaird

    Wieckowski, Bob

    10

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/bobwieckowski

    https://twitter.com/BobWieckowskiCA

    Don’t know who your senator is?  http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

    If your Senator is not on the committee list above, please contact Senator Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Governor Newsom; tell them of your OPPOSITION to AB 1512.

    Contact Senator Atkins and the Governor NOW to oppose AB 1512.

    Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) – President Pro Tempore

    Capitol Telephone: (916) 651-4039; E-Mail: senator.atkins@senate.ca.gov

    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SDToni/

    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SenToniAtkins

     

    Governor Gavin Newsom

    Telephone: (916) 445-2841; E-mail:  https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GavinNewsom/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom\

  • July 02, 2021 12:19 PM | Butch Meyner

    I Just sent this to my State Senator, Dave Cortese:

    SB799 and AB1512 seem to be a hot item right now.

    Dave has supported OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) recreation. Specifically he helped with Santa Clara Motorcycle County Park (ie, MCP or Metcalf)

    These bills are another in a long and expensive list of attempts of wealthy landowners to close or compromise an important State Park; Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.

    Previous bills were to sell off a piece of property, the ‘expansion area’ that was acquired decades ago to meet the needs of the local OHV community.

    As the area has grown, the needs of our communities have changed. Years of study and public outreach has lead to the plan for the expansion area to be largely open space and an interactive experience accessed by OHV.

    There is no opportunity at the current park for the largest growing segment of OHV’s, the family oriented UTV or ‘Side x Sides” The expansion are will also allow for remote camping access for the disabled, something that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the bay area.

    Despite the fact that as a state park, Carnegie SVRA must meet the highest standards for environmental management, the supporters of the bill have misrepresented this as an area destroyed by OHV and had called for elimination of any OHV activity.

    The approved General Plan, when implemented, will continue to conserve this area to this same standard of the existing 1500 acre park. 

    Additionally, this latest version leaves the cost of administration the expansion area undefined. Dare I call it an “unfunded mandate”? The legislation seems irresponsible, fiscally and environmentally.

    More so, this a veiled give away to Garamendi/ Connolly disguised as a conservation area. Remember, the land is already funded as a state park. In reality the bill would just help their elk hunting business, their grazing opportunities, and their egos.

    Please stop these elitist rich folks from trampling on the access of the general public. 

  • June 27, 2021 7:33 PM | Butch Meyner

    Bud, the owner, is on on the "CA Mission 12 moto safety committee" as is Tim, one of our critical admins, and a moto instructor. Some of their activities are here https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=145

    Bud was largely behind AB-51, the lane splitting bill. They have a big concern, as should we all, about folks driving cars with "autopilot". 

    Anhow, I try to keep hot button issues in front of our membership. Some real questions are about Carnegie, Pismo, and the Green/ Red Sticker program.

    I try to stay current and will post what I can here somewhere here https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=63

    or in "Riders Rights"...

    The main BARF site addy is https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/index.php

  • April 08, 2021 6:02 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Call-in information: (712) 775-8968 | Access Code: #104206

    ANNOUNCING THE 2021 CORVA ANNUAL MEETING MAY 24th!

    All CORVA members are invited to join us for our Annual Meeting to be held by Conference Call on May 24th at 7:00pm. We will be electing members of the Board of Directors in the following positions: President, Secretary, Vice President of Land Use and Public Policy, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. All members in good standing are encouraged to vote, and may run for office. Nominations may be submitted before or during the Annual Meeting. ALSO - please nominate the individuals and clubs most worthy of our annual CORVA awards! Forward your nominations to 

    info@corva.org. Awards will also be decided during the Annual Meeting.

    Download Annual Awards Criteria

    CORVA will be holding a preliminary meeting to talk about the most important issues facing off-road recreation on April 26th. More info please contact Amy Granat: info@corva.org

    We Need Your Help AGAIN to Save Carnegie SVRA!

    Follow the instructions below

    Alert_ORVLC SB 799-AB 1512_Sen NRW-Asm WPW_4-8-21

  • March 11, 2021 3:14 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Access for All, Oceano Dunes SVRA Peaceful Demonstration

    The Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce has joined with outdoor enthusiasts to support Oceano Dunes SVRA! Please join everyone on March 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Oceano Dunes. See all event information here: https://www.pismochamber.com/events/details/access-4-all-oceano-dunes-peaceful-demonstration-194

    Join CORVA in supporting AB 232/ sponsored by Assemblymember Gallagher and help bring back equity for off-road recreationists who visit other states.

    Contact the legislators listed to express your support.

    Here is a list of the Transportation Committee members along with their city of residence and state capitol phone number. If you live or work near one of these committee members, that would be a good place to start. The bill is AB 232 by Assemblyman Gallagher. This bill will simply adjust California's long-held policy of reciprocity for OHV registrations vis a vis other states. Until last year every state that had an OHV registration system would honor the registration from residents of other states when they visited to recreate in another state. Last year Arizona, Utah and Idaho began changing their policy and began to require any non-resident of their state to first obtain an out-of-state OHV visitor permit for their vehicle before they could operate an OHV in the state. In other words, they are dropping the reciprocity that has ALWAYS existed for motor vehicle registrations between states. A California OHV registration (green sticker) will no longer be accepted as legal in those 3 states. This bill will simply change California's OHV statute to continue to allow reciprocity ONLY for residents of those states that recognize CA OHV registration as legal in their state. Visitors from states that do not recognize the CA green sticker will be required to purchase a CA OHV Visitor Permit in order to operate their OHV in CA. Visitors from states that continue to recognize the CA OHV registration will continue to be able to operate in CA with only their home state OHV permit.

    Here is the list of Transportation Committee members we need to contact, and contact your own Assemblymember as well.

     Laura Friedman  (Chair)  Glendale  916 319 2043
     Vince Fong  Bakersfield  916 319 2034
     Marc Berman  Palo Alto  916 319 2024
     Jordan Cunningham  San Luis Obisbo  916 319 2035
     Tom Daly  Anaheim  916 319 2069
     Laura Davies  Laguna Niguel  916 319 2073
     Mike Gipson  Carson  916 319 2064
     Ash Kalra  San Jose  916 319 2027
     Alex Lee  San Jose  916 319 2025
     Jose Medina  Riverside  916 319  2061
     Adrin Nazarian  San Fernando Valley  916 319 2046
     Janet Nguyen  Huntington Beach  916 319 2072
     Patrick O’Donnell  Long Beach  916 319 2070
     Chris Ward  San Diego  916 319 2078
     Buffy Wicks  Oakland  916 31915
     Transportation  Committee  916 319 2093
      

    Time to comment on the proposed Public Works Plan for Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

    Find the report here

    Comments need to be sent by March 18th to: OceanoDunes.PWP.EIR@parks.ca.gov

    Important Coastal Commission Meeting on March 18th to consider phasing out off-road recreation from our beloved state park!

    Please review all information for the meeting on the follow site: 

    http://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2021/3

    Click on the "Special Meeting March 18th" Agenda Item to sign up to speak during the meeting. Also,written  comments may be submitted to the Coastal Commissioners by 5:00pm March 12th sent to the following email address: OceanoDunesReview@coastal.ca.gov

    Contact your legislators and ask them to support Oceano Dunes SVRA!

    Especially if you live in the LA Area and Central Valley, your legislators need to hear from you now! Find the contact info for your legislator here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

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