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Offline MrMindless

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7 days to save the hammers
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:28:04 AM »
Please take a look at Shannon Welch's video update on the main issue here - it's four and a half minutes and wraps up the current status of the issue nicely.

Please check out savethehammers.org to look at the specific targeting that is the aim of this project. Yesterday was the day to contact Senator Diane Finstein. This is what I faxed to her office. I worked off their talking points which you can find on the facebook event page, but made them my own. Please do the same. Today is the day I'll be faxing the same to Rep. David Drier.

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Re: 7 days to save the hammers
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2012, 10:51:51 AM »
Michael Maskalans
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Re: 7 days to save the hammers
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 04:25:40 PM »
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/general-chit-chat/1110150-sema-johnson-valley-press-release.html

http://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2012/51/californias-johnson-valley-guaranteed-temporary-protection-from-marine-base-expansion

Thanks to the efforts of SEMA, the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) and a coalition of other land use groups, continued off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to Johnson Valley, California, has been guaranteed for now by the U.S. Congress. Congress has included a provision with the 2013 Defense Authorization Act that requires the U.S. Marines to study alternative ways to share the area with the OHV community without taking ownership of the land. The Johnson Valley off-road area draws at least 200,000 visitors annually and may generate as much as $191 million annually into the economy.

Johnson Valley is home to “King of the Hammers” and many other OHV events. The land has been controlled for years by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which provides special-use permits for various motorized recreation activities. The U.S. Marines want to expand their base at Twentynine Palms, California, to include nearly 147,000 acres of adjacent land within Johnson Valley in order to conduct large-scale training exercises for one or two months per year. The land-use coalition is urging the Marines to simply obtain BLM special-use permits. Any transfer of land rights is subject to Congressional approval. Final action on legislation directing the Marines to conduct an OHV study is expected to be completed in the next few days.

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Re: 7 days to save the hammers
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 05:02:56 PM »
Good news for now

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7 days to save the hammers
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 07:51:08 AM »
Celebration is premature... But fingers crossed. The Marie's still like Alternative 6 the best and this doesn't bar them from it, at all.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 05:06:31 PM »
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Re: 7 days to save the hammers
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2013, 11:21:58 AM »
Quote from: Dave Cole


Friends,

 
I will try to be brief as I know we are all very busy.  The process to save our public land has been moving through the Political Machine.  We have tried hard to keep from 'crying wolf' and calling for action like this too often.  Now is the time.

Congressman Paul Cook introduced legislation that met the Marine Corps Training needs and retained public access to the entirety of Johnson Valley.  It was a modified version of the Marine Corps Alternative Four and the result will be The Johnson Valley National OHV Area.  It went unopposed in the House of Representatives and is now part of the National Defense Authorization Act awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is considering re-submitting Alternative Six through the Senate Arms Committee.  This will take away the majority of Johnson Valley forever.

It is time to have our voices heard.

There may be other similar opportunities in the near future to support this cause.  We are in the final weeks of this process.  Please take the time to act.

Call and write to Senator Dianne Feinstein urging her to support the existing Alternative Four (also known as the Cook/McKeon Compromise) and DO NOT offer a conflicting proposal.

State Office: (415) 393-0707
Washington Office: (202) 224-3841
LA Office: (310) 914-7300
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https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Below are links to both talking points and the letter that I submitted.  Please use your own words.  We, as a group, made a difference before, we will again.  Without your letter, we could lose this fight.  Save the text you send her in your email as we may look to resubmit that in printed form as well (more on that later).

This is not just about off-roading.  We are supporting our neighbors in the High Desert Area.  Every surrounding town council joined the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Congressmen Cook, McCarthy, and McKeon in opposing Alternative Six.

Thank you for your time, please share this with anyone and everyone.  In the near future we may be asking to reach out to other politicians so stay tuned and together we WILL be heard.  Contact Senator Feinstein TODAY.  Urge her to support the Cook/Mckeon compromise (also known as Alternative 4).


Sincerest Regards,
Dave Cole
on behalf of the California Motorized Recreation Council

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Re: 7 days to save the hammers
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 03:22:10 PM »
http://ultra4racing.com/the-inside-line/king-of-the-hammers-will-continue-in-johnson-valley-ca/


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December 11th, 2013: JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:  Hammerking Productions, the founders of The Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, are pleased to announce that the week-long off road festival held annually in Johnson Valley, CA will be able to continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. After six years of negotiations between the United States Marine Corps, the federal government and the Off Highway Vehicle(OHV) Community, a deal has been reached to preserve the majority of the land in Johnson Valley for OHV use.

Congressman Paul Cook spearheaded the deal which allows nearly 100,000 acres of land to remain open to the public and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Marines will have access to approximately 55,000 acres of shared use land for 60 days a year to meet their training objectives, but will not retain ownership of the land the remaining 305 days a year.  The proposed legislation is expected to pass  the House later this week and the Senate next week before the holiday recess.

The deal preserves access to the trail system known as “The Hammers.” Areas that were formerly at risk including trails named Spooners, Aftershock, Sunbonnet, and Riffle Canyon as well as the California 200 Memorial at the spot known as “The Rock Pile” on Bessemer Mine Rd. remain open to public recreation under the current plan.  The plan also includes access to Soggy Lake, Emerson Lake and the majority of the Fry Mountains.

Dave Cole, founder of King of The Hammers, had this to say, “This deal is something that couldn’t have happened without the tireless support of the entire off road community. Thousands of people have donated time, energy and money for us to reach this point. Thank you to all who have worked to Save the Hammers for future generations. I especially want to thank Congressman Paul Cook, The California Motorized Recreational Council and The Off Road Business Association for their efforts. We wouldn’t have made it to this point without them.”

The 2014 Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire is scheduled for February 7th, 2014 in Johnson Valley, CA. The weeklong series of off-road races kicks off on January 31st, 2014 with the opening of Hammertown to the public. For more information on King of The Hammers, please visit www.ultra4racing.com