The news comes from Jeff Knowles, former Event Director for the King of the Hammers. Naturally, Knowles keeps a close eye on anything threatening the epic Johnson Valley OHV area.
Knowles sent word that on January 2nd, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. He says the defense authorization bill includes a provision that will require the USMC to study the feasibility of the use of the OHV area under a permit, much like other users of the BLM managed area are required to have, rather than to absorb the OHV area into the Twenty-Nine Palms Marine base.
The American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) has reported that the provision triggers a hold on spending and a 90-day deadline for the military to report to Congress on how its proposed expansion of a Marine base at Twentynine Palms, California will impact OHV use. AMA reports the language was inserted into the bill by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (MD) with support from Sens. Diane Feinstein (CA) and Mark Udall (CO).
Both Knowles and the AMA credit the partnership with the California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC) and The Livingston Group in Washington, D.C., for the provision. Wayne Allard, AMA's vice president for government relations said "This was truly a team effort involving many southern California motorized groups and their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., as well as other representatives in Congress."
The CMRC membership includes, the Off-Road Business Association, California Association of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs, California Off-Road Vehicle Association, AMA National, American Sand Association, California-Nevada Snowmobile Association, AMA District 36 (Northern California, Northwestern Nevada) and AMA District 37 (Southern California) Off-Road.
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