MULTI-AGENCIES GATHER TO STUDY ORV ISSUES, PART 1 OF 2

MULTI-AGENCIES GATHER TO STUDY ORV ISSUES, PART 1 OF 2

It was not your typical off-road experience when representatives from the County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Land Management, Marine Corps Base, the National Park Service and County Supervisor James Ramos office buckled up and set out in a convoy toward Sunfair Dry Lake. Z107.7 assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains in this first of a two-part series…
The group was met on the almost featureless dry lake bed by representatives from Community ORV Watch, Alliance for Responsible Recreation, and nearby property owners who are frustrated by what they describe as an ongoing turf war with off-roaders who stream into the area, especially on holiday weekends. The claims are corroborated by tire tracks that fan out from legal, designated routes on the lake bed in all directions, traversing distant dunes and foothills and into nearby rural communities, a clear violation. At issue is dust, noise, trespass, and destruction of natural habitat and wildlife linkages. What is immediately obvious is that off-roaders cannot reasonably be expected to follow designated routes when there exists no signage. Phil Klasky of Community ORV Watch suggests, “With informational kiosks … riders can see … where they can and cannot ride and a statement of the law and the penalties and the fines associated with illegal riding.”

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