Above: crushed desert tortoise
The Bureau of Land Management [BLM] is proposing to radically expand the use of BLM land in the Joshua Tree area (and beyond) by Off-Road Vehicle [ORV] riders.
We all know how bad illegal ORV activity is in Joshua Tree.
This BLM proposal would make things much, much worse. If enacted as currently written, this proposal would allow almost all local BLM land to be used as ORV courses.
There would be little to no enforcement of any rules regarding ORV riding.
The result would be distress, devastation and destruction to the precious wilderness and wildlife that our community is embedded within.
Representatives from the BLM are coming to our area this Wednesday night, looking for feedback on this proposal from the public. It is ESSENTIAL that we people of conscience, who know the inherent value of our local wilderness and wildlife, show up and speak our minds on this issue.
Here are the details of the meeting:
Wed., April 15, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Yucca Valley Community Center Complex – Yucca Room
57090 Twentynine Palms Highway
Here is the BLM’s proposal. This document is lengthy and very technical.
For detailed and informed analysis of this BLM proposal by a local expert, consult biologist Pat Flanagan’s presentation.
For further information on this issue, and on ORV use in the desert in general, check out Community ORV Watch. They do GREAT and ESSENTIAL work.