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Virtual on-line Rally to be Held by 4x4 Enthusiasts

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This is from a e-mail i got today and reposting here in it entirety.
Since i know a few of ya have been to Johnson Valley area before.


Virtual on-line Rally to be Held by 4x4 Enthusiasts
Off Highway Vehicle enthusiasts organize to hold first ever online
rally over trail closures

In a landmark event, thousands of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) users
across the world will participate in a online, Virtual Rally to voice their
concerns over a popular OHV area in Southern California. On Wednesday
March 12th, 2008 Pirate4x4.com, a leading website for the OHV
community, will hold this rally from 2 to 6 PM PST.

The Hammers trail system in Johnson Valley, California is being
considered for requisition to expand the United States Marine Corps training
facilities, which would effectively eliminate public access to Johnson
Valley's unrivaled OHV Mecca.

Virtual Rally participants will be asked to post their experiences,
photos and history recreating with their families in the Johnson Valley
Area, and the concerns they have with losing this unique recreational
resource. These comments will be posted and tracked in bulletin-board
format, with a goal of creating a lasting record of how important this
unassuming stretch of desert is to a vast number of people from many places
-- some who visit Johnson Valley multiple times a year, and others who
just dream of the opportunity of visiting the Hammers in the future.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend the rally and read the
thread, as this is a public rally, you do not need to be a member of
Pirate4x4.com to read what is posted.

Families and clubs have recreated in this area for many years with
OHV’s, and competitive rock crawling, rock racing, motorcycling, and ATV
events have been held there for more than a decade, with significant
rewards for the area economy. In February, the famed “King of the
Hammers” annual rock race crowned its king.

The Bureau of Land Management currently manages the Johnson Valley's
varied landscape of steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open
valleys, dry lake beds, dunes, and sandy washes. The main attraction for most
visitors is family OHV recreation: trail-rides, competitive racing
events, and general OHV free play. Johnson Valley sees hundreds of
thousands of recreation days with users motorcycling, ATVing, 4x4ing,
rallycrossing, camping, hiking, rock-hounding, and wildlife-watching.

"It is ironic that the BLM has OHV users recreate responsibly by
staying on marked trails and not having campfires at certain times of the
year, but now they sell the same area to the Marines who will tear all
over the area and conduct live fire drills", said Todd Ockert, The United
Four Wheel Drive Association Director of Environmental Affairs.

The link for the rally on Wednesday, March 12th will be
http://www.pirate4x4.com/jv
More Land Use information is available at
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=85

# # #

If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an
interview with Kurt Schneider the Pirate4x4 Land Use Officer, Please
e-mail Kurt at [email protected]
 


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Bump! :D
 




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So the marines have already anounced that they are gonna use it for live fire?
 




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I don't believe that it's a done deal...yet. It's a proposal but a very serious one.

I'm not from California but i am tired of seeing wheeling spots out that way closed. I want to run those damn trails someday!
 




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Thanks for the bumps guys been outta commision for a few days

but a reminder this happening tommorrow guys :D
 




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Thanks for the bumps guys been outta commision for a few days

but a reminder this happening tommorrow guys :D

I'll be there. Already have a post drafted up. Want to do a couple more...maybe later tonight :D
 




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Remember all, this is starting today 2 to 6 PM PST. Doesn't matter if you wheel 4x4's, dirt bikes, 4-wheelers. Lets do everything we can to keep this trail open :)
 




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...:bounce:...offroading has now turned extreme...:D

yea it a test to see how quick you are crawl a couple of hills, dodge a few a rounds and maybe a missle or two.:D reminds me when I use to live next to the current range the Marines use in 29 Palms now and getting the nice light show and fireworks. Even tho it was fun watching the fighter planes fly over my house make a u-turn and fly back towards the range. And they do it low enough to rattle the entire house:D
 




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