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.

California State Parks will conduct two public workshops focusing on the Ocotillo Wells North area as part of the comprehensive public involvement program for the Ocotillo Wells SVRA General Plan and EIR. The purpose of the workshops is to collect broad input on issues and ideas associated with long-range planning for this portion of the SVRA. The format of both workshops will be identical.

The first workshop will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 7 p.m. to
9 p.m. at the Carlsbad Senior Center (799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008). For directions visit Google Maps.

The second workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Travertine Grill (1409 Van Buren Avenue, Salton City, CA 92275). For directions visit Google Maps.

If you plan on attending, an RSVP is appreciated but not required. Would you help our planning efforts by completing a short online questionnaire by March 31? Whether or not you attend a workshop, you can help us identify key planning issues for OW North by completing the online questionnaire. Your input will help guide early project research!

About Ocotillo Wells North Ocotillo Wells North was added to Ocotillo Wells SVRA after the Freeman property (also known as Truckhaven/Desert Cahuilla) was acquired by California State Parks in 2006. Senator Denise Ducheny and Senator Dennis Hollingsworth recently convened a group of stakeholders to establish a plan for dividing the Freeman Property between Anza Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). Following the stakeholder group meetings, the plan was finalized under Senate Bill 855. This legislation specifies that the northwestern portion of the property be annexed to Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the southeastern portion of the property be annexed to Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Help us spread the word

Go to www.planocotillowells.org for more information on the General Plan and EIR process.

Project Contact:
Kirk Shea
State Park Superintendent II
(760) 767-1329