Johnson Valley OHV — What’s Next?

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Looks like there’s another issue brewing for Southern California OHV enthusiasts, this time in the high desert east of Los Angeles. Read more about it here.dn-_e5i9890

At stake is a plan by the United States Marine Corps to takeover about 189,000 acres inside the Johnson Valley OHV Area. The parcel is part of 366,000 acres the Department of the Navy has proposed acquiring in order to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

The proposal brings up a unique dilemma that pits enthusiasts and off-road business associations against Marine Corps supporters. Many folks are caught somewhere in-between as the battle over public lands has heated up over the past few years — a time when support for the military has also grown. And then there are the dealers caught in the middle, forced to reckon their long-standing support for the military with a potential drop in sales they could face should the OHV lands be turned over for military use.

A pair of open meetings are planned to discuss the proposal. They will be held at the following locations:

  • Dec. 4 – Hilton Garden Inn on Mariposa Road in Victorville, Calif.; 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 5 – Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif.; 5 to 9 p.m

AMA District 37 is paying close attention to this issue. For an update on what they’re talking about on the district’s Web forums, click here.

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