American-Sand-Association-6-19-14The American Sand Association drew attention to a new threat to off-highway vehicle (OHV) access in its recent newsletter. Here’s what the ASA had to say:

In addition to the ongoing lawsuit seeking to end open riding at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition on June 9th seeking the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard be listed as an endangered species. They claim that habitat loss, off-road vehicles and global warming are pushing the species towards extinction.

The American Sand Association (ASA) has engaged McClure Consulting of Phoenix, AZ to prepare a “Constructive” critique of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) draft Business Plan. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Business Plan on October 18, 2012. According to BLM, Business Plans are used in determining the appropriateness and level of fees assessed ISDRA visitors.

The BLM El Centro Field Office has requested public comments on the Business Plan and the accompanying fee increase. The recommended fee will nearly double for the 2012 – 2013 season.  Comments are due by November 30, 2012.  Nicole Gilles, ASA Executive Director said “It is important that ASA members and ISDRA visitors provide the BLM their comments.” Gilles continued that “Comments need to be meaningful and include logical and well thought out reasons for your suggestions.” BLM recently noted that the public participation process is not about a vote on the plan; but, rather a process to gather public input and ideas.

The American Sand Association is an all volunteer-run organization that relies on memberships, business sponsors, and donations to effectively fight the current Land Use issues at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

One of the most successful programs implemented by the ASA to help raise funds, which are used primarily for Biological Studies, Attorney Fees, and other administrative costs, are the annual Giveaway Vehicles which happen each year at the Sand Sports Super Show. This year’s show runs September 14 – 16, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA.

This year, the ASA Giveaway vehicle is a custom built Baja GTR Sand Truck from Sand Limo Racing. As a bonus, there will be a 2nd Prize which is an upgraded Polaris RZR XP 900.

Drawing will be held on Sunday September 16, 2012. Tickets are $20 and winner does not need to be present to win.

About the American Sand Association
The American Sand Association is a non-profit organization with more than 34,000 members dedicated to preserving the use of public lands for sand sport enthusiasts use, improving OHV safety and promoting responsible land use. The ASA is a volunteer organization and it relies on the financial support of sand sport enthusiasts and small businesses. Most of the members are family-oriented, have a rich family history going back for generations enjoying the sand sport; and most have a significant financial investment in their equipment, gear and campers. Additional information can be found on the ASA website at www.americansandassociation.org.

TORRANCE, CA: The 14th Annual Sand Sport Super Show has fluctuated in size with the economy and is excited to announce another increase in industry demand to be part of the show.  The Sand Sports Super Show will be taking over the Orange County Fair & Event Center Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16th.  “There is a positive vibe as I talk to companies about this years show,” said Shawn Parker.  “I am ecstatic to see the market coming back and companies that haven’t been able to display in a couple years joining us again!”

Big news includes Can-Am unveiling their brand new UTV Friday September 14th at 6 p.m.  Can-Am has joined as a primary sponsor and will have a large display behind building 10.  Chaparral Motorsports will take up all of building 16 which will now be named the Chaparral Pavilion.  Half will be packed with accessories and gear and the other half lined with Yamaha, Kawasaki, Can-Am and Polaris OEM vehicles.