ORBA-Logo-8-8-12The Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) reports that the California State Parks has filed their formal response to the PEER/DPC lawsuit seeking to limit open riding within Ocotillo Wells SVRV. The response requests the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

The response, demurrer, cites that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Desert Protection Council (DPC) have improperly invited the court to direct State Parks how to run the SVRA, something the law does not allow. In order to pursue this lawsuit, PEER/DPC must identify a specific non-discretionary task, required by law, that State Parks has failed to perform. That is something the filing by PEER/DPC fails to identify.

With summer here, it’s the season to head out for a weekend off-road and camping adventure. To help make a checklist of what to bring on your next adventure, here’s a checklist of things you should have stowed in your off-road rig to make the trip both fun and safe.

Water
Never leave home without it. Always plan to load more than enough water for everyone in the group. It’s always good to have an extra gallon stashed away. If you break down or plan to stick around an extra day, having some extra on hand will make sure your group stays hydrated on the trail.

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Tent
A tent or shelter is always important to have along to get out of the elements and avoid bugs, rain and heat. Whether it’s a traditional ground tent or a fold-out overland-style tent, there are a number of shelter options for camping off-road. One helpful note is to make sure the tent is in proper-working order before the trip. A ground mat is also helpful to have along to create a barrier between you and the ground, and most are also mildew-resistant in case they get wet.


Food
Yeah, this seems pretty obvious, but it’s important not just to bring food but be mindful of what you bring and how you’ll store it. A blend of perishable and non-perishable items is smart to bring along. Meat, bread and fruit can stay fresh in a cooler for a few days, but bring along some items with longer shelf life light canned food, trail mix or even the emergency MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat). It’s wise to have options on hand – especially if you’re camping quite a ways from civilization.

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First Aid Kit
Being prepared for any emergencies that might arise is crucial. A basic first aid kit  should include bandages, gauze, disinfectant, first aid tape and more. Pack a lighter in it as well since matches can get wet. A small flashlight or headlamp on hand will help make sure you can address first aid issues in the dark without having to dig through the vehicle. A roll of duct tape and rope can help in a number of situations, and a Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool can really come in handy.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Central Coast Ranger District – Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the Siuslaw National Forest is seeking public comment on the proposed Bull Run Dunes Restoration Project. The project is needed to restore historic open sand conditions on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The area proposed for restoration is located north of the Bull Run Staging Area in an area designated for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use (see map).

The Project is located in an area that has, over the past 50 years, been colonized by European beach grass, Scot’s broom, and shorepine. The Project proposes to manually and mechanically clear vegetation from approximately 60 acres of hummocks in an area north of the Bull Run Off-Highway Vehicle Staging area. The use of herbicides is not proposed as a treatment method. It is estimated that the Project will take 3-5 years to complete. This Project is being proposed concurrently with the development of a Dunes Restoration Strategy that should be completed in the next year or two.

Thumb-gas_prices_6-20-13Gas prices have only increased in recent years. Although they have somewhat stabilized and are not currently fluctuating as greatly as they once were, there’s no doubt higher gas prices are here to stay. Hybrids and electric cars don’t have a place off-road as of yet (and maybe never will), and with modifications for improved clearance and capability on the trail, these upgrades can often reduce fuel economy further. However, there are still ways to reduce fuel consumption and improve your MPG on your off-road vehicle.

Below is a list of 10 suggestions for improving fuel economy. Although some of them may not fit your specific situation, others can certainly help the MPG of your vehicle. Feel free to comment with other suggestions as well.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11Greenville, S.C. – Move aside Denver and Phoenix, it seems Chicagoans are the biggest thrill-seekers in the country, according to the new BFGoodrich Tires Adrenaline Index. The tire maker surveyed 3,500 Americans across the country, revealing that more than one-third of Americans are self-proclaimed thrill seekers who thrive on new adventures and enjoy activities that will provide an adrenaline rush.

Chicago topped the list as the thrill-seeking capital of the U.S., with 58 percent of Chicagoans saying that they seek out adventure or adrenaline-fuelled activities.  New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Orlando rounded out the top five cities with the most adrenaline.  Miami residents actually put their money where their mouth is, with thrill seekers saying they spent an average of $1,637 annually on extreme activities, compared to the national average of $733.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California to protect it from a military takeover, has cleared the U.S. House, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

On June 14, the House approved the authorization bill, H.R. 1960. The measure now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

The legislation includes language written by Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.) to protect Johnson Valley from a takeover by the U.S. Navy that would virtually end riding there. The Navy wants to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms into the 189,000-acre Johnson Valley area, which is a long-standing and popular area that is across the San Bernardino Mountains from Los Angeles.

ORBA-Logo-8-8-12The California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC), Ecologic Partners, and Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club (TDS), have started formulating a unified effort to defend Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.

On May 21, 2013 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protective Council (DPC) filed a lawsuit to stop open riding in the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). The suit alleges that California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) is not enforcing various Public Resources Codes with respect to trail maintenance and environmental protection.

The Ocotillo Wells SVRA is a very special place to the Off-Road Community and people from all over the country. Not only has it been the location of the popular TDS Desert Safari, but also many of us have raised our families there.  This park was set aside specifically for open OHV recreation.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this news item today:

As an interested party in recreational access on Idaho’s public lands, we thought you’d want to know about a great opportunity provided by the Idaho Non-Profit Center to help you support the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and that cause!

The “Idaho Gives” day “is a unique celebration of the important role that our many nonprofits play in our communities,” according to Lynn Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. “By focusing the public’s attention on the great work our nonprofits do, we hope to spur people into action on May 2, allowing them to pick their favorite charity, learn about other charities, and make a donation through the Idaho Gives web site.”

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the fifth anniversary of its OHV Access Initiative, the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs).  Launched in January, 2008, the program has aggressively funded the ever growing and diverse needs of the OHV community in support of its mission of promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable access to riding areas. A few of the highlights of the past five years include:

·         200 GRANTs and more than $2 million in funding and equipment in pursuit of the program’s mission.

·         GRANT-funded projects in 37 of our 50 states.  The GRANT tracker map showcases the program’s cross-country appeal and highlights future opportunities for underrepresented areas.

·         Yamaha employees have personally embraced the tenets of OHV Access Initiative, putting in more than 1,500 volunteer man-hours planting trees, clearing trails and supporting restoration efforts on company-adopted trails in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The members and families of Tierra Del Sol would like to invite you to our 51st TDS Desert Safari. Reserve March 1st, 2nd and 3rd and come out and experience the magic and splendor of southern California’s finest wheeling.

This year will be another epic event with fantastic vendors onsite, an awesome trail, the best raffle on the planet, and yes after last’s years outrageous fireworks show….we are going to do it again.