Author Topic: Johnson Valley OHV - Public Hearing on 189,000+ Acres to go to Marine Corp  (Read 1795 times)

Offline Gene Ockert

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BLM Announces Public Meetings for Marine Corps Withdrawal of Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Marine Corps have announced that they will be holding two public hearings in late October. The meetings will be about the proposed transfer of approximately 366,000 acres public land, including approximately 189,000 acres of Johnson Valley OHV Area, from the BLM to the Corps.

As most of you already know, the transfer of these public lands would be devastating to the OHV community and recreating public. It's time to step up and let them know where you stand. Please try to attend one if not both of these meetings. See the BLM press release with the dates and locations of each meeting below.

Thanks in advance for your involvement,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


News Release

For Release: September 23, 2008                   
Contacts:   Stephen Razo (951) 697-5217; e-mail

Public Meetings Set in Twentynine Palms and Victorville for Marine Corps Withdrawal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Marine Corps will host public meetings in Twentynine Palms and in Victorville next month to help the public understand the legislative withdrawal process for consideration of the proposal to expand the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base in San Bernardino County .

The first public meeting is scheduled for October 23, 2008 at Hay's Gym, Twentynine Palms Junior High School , 5798 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, Calif. from 4 to 9 p.m. The second meeting is the following day, October 24, at Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Road , Victorville , Calif.   Two meeting times are scheduled at the Victorville location, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Both meetings are scheduled to provide the public the broadest opportunities to attend, according to Roxie Trost, BLM Barstow Field Manager.

A notice published September 15 segregated the public lands involved for two years, making them unavailable for settlement, sale, and location of claims under the mining laws.  However, the lands remain open to public access and recreation use.  A 90-day comment period closes December 15, 2008.

The notice, available online at also explains the withdrawal process.  After the comment period, the Marine Corps will be preparing a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for further public review to identify a range of alternatives for meeting the Corps' training requirements and analyzing the environmental impacts.

"We realize members of the public have concerns and questions about the proposed withdrawal and what the segregation means," said Trost.  "These meetings will provide a first-hand opportunity to have the proposal and subsequent opportunities for full public involvement explained," she said.

The Department of the Navy, as required by the 1958 Engle Act, filed an application requesting the Secretary of the Interior to process a proposed withdrawal of public lands for military training and exercises involving the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.  The proposal seeks to withdraw approximately 366,000 acres of federal public land and, if eventually acquired, approximately 72,000 acres of non-federally owned property within the proposed withdrawal area. 


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So my question is - what involvement does UFWDA have here?  Is there a stand or a statement of work in place to address the issue in Johnson Valley and the other 177,000 acreas as well?

And in addition to UFWDA why don't I see any of the environmental groups stepping up here - or maybe we should be working with them... I can't see how the land going to the US Military is going to be good for the environment of that land.

Then on the other hand I'm also torn because I don't know what they need the land for and there is always the possibility that the Marine Corp has a real need that would far outweigh the current use of the land...  but since I have no details on any of that I would hope that the UFWDA 4x4 community and team might have more details they could share with us, talk about what they are doing to get the information or let us know there is a plan in place to understand these issues.

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Offline Todd Ockert

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I do have some of the details, and will dig them out when I get home in a few days.
I am going to try and make one of these meetings, but they are both over 200 miles from my house.
I will have to look at my schedule for those days.

I will send you an email with some of the other info I have.  There is also some stuff on Pirate about this issue also. 

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