May 3, 2011 Johnson Valley/ 29 Palms Marine base expansion Comments Workshop. It will be held at the Travelodge Inn & Suites, in Yucca Valley. It's a central location and has an appropriately sized meeting room, as well as rooms for participants who want to come in the night before.
Tuesday May 3, 2011
Both classes start at 10:00 until late afternoon, with brainstorming and comment writing assistance in the afternoon. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
buy BNB The workshops will be hosted by Amy Grant, and 2 additional qualified staff from the California association of 4 wheel drive clubs. They are currently working on live streaming of both the May 1st seminar in Glendale, and the May 3 seminar in Yucca Valley. Amy is a contractor for Cal 4 wheel that works exclusivly on land use issues, and education. She is well versed in the subject matter.
This is a very important item that requires the activation of our entire community. all forms of OHV will be affected by this base expansion. Please spread the word, and get educated on the subject matter.
Cal 4 wheel is making a large investment in this educational seminar, please don't let it go to waste.
We are at risk of losing the Johnson Valley OHV Area
The Marine Base at Twentynine Palms is considering expanding because they claim to need more room for training purposes. In order for the Marines to expand the base they need to go through the NEPA to analyze the impacts and possible alternatives to their expansion. (see info below)
The Department of the Navy published a Notice Of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on October 30, 2008 for the proposed acquisition of lands and establishment of airspace contiguous to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA. This notice started the 90 day scoping period. District 37, it’s partner organizations, and our legal counsel, EcoLogic Partners, Inc. all submitted comments. In addition D37 members were provided a template letter for their own personal use to submit comments. The scoping period ended January 31, 2009.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process
The first step in the EIS process is called scoping. The scoping process is where the lead agency, in this case the Department of the Navy, takes comment from the public, other government agencies and non-government agencies on what should be studied in the EIS. For example, we would like the EIS to study an eastward expansion of the Marine base or we would like the EIS to study whether this expansion is actually needed.
In the EIS process there are three opportunities for public input.
The first is during the scoping period. The secondis after the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is released. The third is when the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is released
Proposed Expansion Timeline
2009 – January 31. Scoping Period Ends
2010 – Spring - Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) – there will be a 90 day public comment period.
2011 – Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)/Record of Decision (ROD)
2011 – Submit Proposed Land Withdrawal Legislation
2012 – 2014 – Prepare Resource Management Plan or Amend Existing Plan
2012 – Federal Land Withdrawal
2012 – Acquire State/Private Lands
2013 – Establish Special-Use Airspace
2014 – Complete Necessary Range Improvements
2014 – Implement and Sustain Required Mitigation
2015 – Commence MEB Level Training
Donate to AMA D37’s Legal Defense Fund
buy Netflix shares AMA D37’s Legal Defense Fund was formed to protect public lands for OHV recreation. The money in that fund is raised by the members of D37 through additional fees charged for race entry. This money is used to fund D37’s membership in EcoLogic Partners, Inc. EcoLogic Partners Inc (http://www.ecologicpartners.com/). EcoLogic Partners Inc was formed to advance land use policies that conserve natural resources while providing for responsible outdoor recreation for American families. Currently the American Sand Association (ASA), the American Motorcyclist Association, District 37 (AMA D37), the San Diego Off-Road Coalition (SDORC) and the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) are the organizations supporting EcoLogic. EcoLogic funds legal counsel to protect the rights of OHV recreationists.
In the case of the proposed Marine expansion into the Johnson Valley OHV Area EcoLogic’s legal counsel will attend public meetings and make written comments at the appropriate stages during the EIS process. Having an attorney monitor and participate in this process will help the OHV community use it’s voice to help shape the outcome.