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Not so Fast, Chesty!

By   /   December 20, 2012  /   2 Comments

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Riders who use the popular Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Riding Area may not lose most of the area to a Marine base expansion after all, according to the American Motorcyclist Association.

The military is barred from spending money on expanding the Twentynine Palms military base into Johnson Valley until it completes a report on how the expansion would affect off-highway riding, under a military spending authorization bill approved by U.S. House and Senate conferees Tuesday, “The report to Congress would cover the impact on off-highway vehicle recreation in the Johnson Valley region, along with alternatives for achieving the goals of the military and the OHV recreation communities,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “This report would allow for more time to, hopefully, come to a solution that meets the training needs of the military while maintaining access for motorized recreation.”

In July, the Department of the Navy released a final environmental impact statement for the expansion of the Marine base. The preferred alternative would allow public use of only 40,000 acres of the 190,000-acre Johnson Valley OHV area, and for only 10 months a year. It’s all part of an effort by the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms to expand its land holdings to allow for more live-fire training. The Marine Corps is part of the Navy.

The proposed expansion needs congressional approval. The military had hoped to begin training on the land in 2014.

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Gary Daigneault

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Hawkins Mike Hawkins says:

    See Wayne’s entire report at dist. 37′s site… comments too.

  2. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    Gary, thanks for informing us of this potential good news. Please keep us informed and have a Merry Christmas!

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