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May 15th 2013 Is An Historic Day For OHV Users
May 15th 2013 is an historic day for OHV users. While it may not have shook the earth like a SCORE Trophy Truck racing across the desert, it is a very important landmark in the race to save the Johnson valley OHV area. The “Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area Establishment Act,” (HR 1676) sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee, with minor changes from its original form. The only Amendment was a change in the days the United States Marine Corps would be able to use the area under a permit from 42 days per year to 60 days per year. Rep. Bishop (R-UT) commended Rep. Paul Cook for introducing the legislation. He noted that the issue was not easy to deal with and that the bill does a good job in balancing needs. He observed that the bill is as close to ideal as possible in the face of challenging issues such as addressing the needs of OHV users. On its path to becoming a law, the bill has been sent to the House Armed Services Committee, Chaired by Rep. Buck McKeon, who is a bill co-sponsor.
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H.R. 1676: Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Establishment Act
113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 23, 2013 (Introduced)
For the Full text of HR 1676, click here.
HR 1676 Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Establishment Act
On April 26, 2013 Jeff Knoll spoke in Washington DC at the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on behalf of land use organizations working to keep Johnson Valley land open to public use. Here is a copy of his testimony:
Chairman, “Save the Hammers” Subcommittee
California Motorized Recreation Council
April 26, 2013
Testimony on HR 1676:
The “Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Establishment Act’’
House Committee on Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
Chairman Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva, and Members of the Subcommittee:
My name is Jeff Knoll and I am the Chairman of the “Save the Hammers” Subcommittee of the California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC), a nonprofit association comprised of leaders from the largest off-highway vehicle (OHV) organizations in California. I am the Co-Founder of the annual “King of the Hammers” off-road desert-racing event held at the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area. I serve on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Desert Advisory Sub-Committee regarding Special Recreation Permits in the California Desert District.
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