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OHMVR Commission -Doesn't Support Base Expansion

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:11 pm
by Jerry Seaver
Off-road commission: Don’t grow base at all

By Rebecca Unger
Hi-Desert Star
Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011 2:08 AM CDT
JOHNSON VALLEY — The state Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission will not support the proposed Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center expansion into Johnson Valley’s off-road areas.

In fact, the board on Wednesday recommended the combat center not expand at all.

The resolution took place at the commission’s public hearing in Ontario, a day after members toured several miles of the recreation area.

“All the alternatives create displacement of recreational users, which will over-tax other areas and make it hard to maintain safety,” said Phil Jenkins, chief of the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

Jenkins noted that during the Tuesday tour, the officials were impressed by the pristine condition of the recreational area.

“For an area so heavily used by so many for so long, you can tell that the people who use it really care for it,” Jenkins said, observing that not all areas under their jurisdiction are so well tended. “Johnson Valley is a good example of how well people can take care of the resources they enjoy.”

Since the expansion plans were first released in 2008, public opinion in the Basin has been largely opposed. The Johnson Valley expansion plans have not been popular riders or residents.

“We took a lot of public opinion at Wednesday’s meeting, and the vast majority was extremely respectful of the Marines,” Jenkins said. “They love them, but right where they are.”

The public comment period on the expansion’s draft Environmental Impact Statement ended Thursday. Representatives from the Marine base reminded those present at Wednesday’s meeting that Congress will ultimately make the decision.

“It will be interesting to track this and see where it goes,” mused Jenkins. “Perhaps we’ll have another chance at it.”

The resolution passed by the OHMVR Commission will be available online at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

Re: OHMVR Commission -Doesn't Support Base Expansion

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:49 pm
by ChuckZilla
Wow, only three years to decide they didn't agree with it. Hope nobody woke them telling them that there was a major thing going on out there that could cost off-roaders a bunch of land.