National Public Lands Day - Volunteer for Clean-Up at the Poste Homestead in Wonder Valley

  • Posted on: 13 September 2009
  • By: admin

Free T-Shirts, Breakfast, BBQ Lunch and Music Festival

Poste Homestead Interpretive Sign

On Saturday, September 26th, the Barstow Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is organizing a large volunteer clean-up of the Poste Homestead Natural and Historical Area in Wonder Valley as part of their annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). The BLM is partnering with local organizations including the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, the 29 Palms Historical Society, Community ORV Watch and ORV groups and vendors that promote responsible recreation including Hutchins Motor Sports of Yucca Valley.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the clean-up and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt, a breakfast of coffee, tea and pastries, BBQ lunch and live music at The Palms Bar and Restaurant at 8131 Amboy Road in Wonder Valley located about 10 miles east of 29 Palms.

The Poste Homestead Natural and Historical Area is located off of Chadwick Road between Amboy Road and Highway 62 in Wonder Valley. Over 100 volunteers will help remove trash, protect 100 year-old adobe ruins, erect signs and place barriers to protect sensitive habitat and historical resources from illegal off-road vehicle activity. Local groups have been working to protect this historical and natural resource that is home to threatened wildlife species and magnificent displays of wildflowers in the spring.

The clean-up begins at 7:30am with pastries, coffee and tea at the parking lot of The Palms Bar and Restaurant. Volunteers will be shuttled from the parking lot to the Poste Homestead site, about 4 miles to the east. After the clean-up, a free BBQ lunch and free live music concert will be provided back at The Palms Restaurant . Organizations are invited to table at the program. Everyone is invited to participate at this fun and exciting event.

Community ORV Watch is funded in part by the Desert Legacy Fund.

COW Awarded 2009 Anthony Grassroots Prize

  • Posted on: 22 April 2009
  • By: admin

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment today announced the winner of the 2009 Anthony Grassroots Prize, an annual $1,000 Earth Day cash award recognizing outstanding examples of grassroots environmental stewardship. The 2009 Anthony Grassroots Prize winner is Community ORV Watch, along with its founder, Phillip Klasky. Community ORV Watch will receive a $1,000 award from the Rose Foundation, which administers the Anthony Prize.

The Anthony Grassroots Prize was endowed by Juliette Anthony, a lifelong environmental activist who has received wide recognition for her work in protecting the Santa Monica Mountains, banning the toxic gasoline additive MTBE, promoting solar power, and publicizing the negative environmental impacts of ethanol, as well as her work as a legislative and regulatory consultant in renewable energy. Ms. Anthony, who chairs the prize jury, offered the following statement about this year's selection of Community ORV Watch. "Protecting the desert, both for the native species, plant and animal, who need our watchful protection, and for those who visit the desert for its peace, COW does essential work. We are delighted to award COW this year's Anthony Prize."

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a grantmaking public charity dedicated to supporting community-based initiatives to protect the environment and public health. For more information about the Anthony Prize, Prize Chair Juliette Anthony, or the Rose Foundation, visit www.rosefdn.org, or call (510) 658-0702.

ACTION ALERT! We Need a BLM Ranger Dedicated to Protecting Public Lands in the Morongo Basin

  • Posted on: 13 January 2009
  • By: admin

Morongo Basin BLM Ranger Kevin MacLean is moving on to other position and will not be able to concentrate his law enforcement activities in the Morongo Basin.

Every holiday weekend, ORV riders trespass on BLM lands with limited or no enforcement. It is unacceptable that our public lands will be unprotected in the future.

After advocating for a resident ranger for over 3 years, the BLM has no immediate plans to replace MacLean.

Email or call BLM DESERT DISTRICT MANAGER Steven Borchard and tell him that we need a ranger dedicated to protecting our public lands in the Morongo Basin.

Email: Steven Borchard

US Senate Committee to Receive Testimony Regarding Off-Highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands

  • Posted on: 2 June 2008
  • By: admin

The full US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural resources will be conducting a hearing to receive testimony regarding off-highway vehicle management on public lands.

You can view the hearing via webcast when it takes place on Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 AM Eastern Time via this link.

Report on Desert Protection Summit in Hi-Desert Star

  • Posted on: 12 April 2008
  • By: admin

From the Hi-Desert Star, Friday April 11, 2007:

A public forum was held in Joshua Tree April 5 to explore strategies for protecting public lands and private property from off-road vehicle abuse.

The Desert Protection Summit was organized by the Community ORV Watch. The group is an assemblage of self-described “reluctant activists” who feel compelled to voice their opposition about what they see as a growing public menace.

Victoria Fuller, a longtime Joshua Tree resident, said the organization was formed by people who wanted to help make their areas more livable.

Read the whole article.

Desert Protection Summit - April 5th - Schedule

  • Posted on: 3 April 2008
  • By: admin
9:30-9:40 AM Welcome by Matt Leivas (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe)
9:40-9:50 AM Phil Klasky and Pat Flanagan- introductions and logistics
9:50-10:00 AM Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers
10:05-10:45 AM

Activists Panel -- Local Solutions by ARR members

  -Tom Eagan (Rangers for Responsible Recreation)
-Dave Van Voorhis (Friends of Juniper Flats)
-Douglas Parham (Western SB County Homeowners Assn.)
-Phil Klasky (Community ORV Watch)
-Terry Weiner (Desert Protective Council)
10:45–11:00 AM Ileene Anderson (Center for Biological Diversity) -- Impacts on Native Vegetation
11:00-11:15 AM D'Anne Albers (Defenders of Wildlife) - Impacts on Desert Wildlife
11:15-11:30 AM Pat Flanagan (Morongo Basin Conservation Association) – ATVs and Children’s Safety
11:30–11:45 AM Karen Schambach (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) – Education and Law Enforcement
11:45-12:00 Noon Audience Q and A with presenters
12:00-12:30 PM LUNCH (provided – donations accepted)
12:30-12:40 PM Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers
12:40-1:00 PM Matthew Leivas and Cara McCoy, Chemehuevi Indian Cultural Center
- Impacts on Native American Lands
1:05-1:20 PM

Meg Grossglass (Off-Road Business Assn) - Rider and Vendor Responsibility

1:20-1:50 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Howard Wilshire (Public Employees for Environmental
Responsibility) – ORVs, Nature and Time
1:50-2:00 PM Victoria Fuller (COW Steering Committee) – Report from Washington, DC
2:00-3:00 PM Panel of local officials:
  - Sgt. Rick Collins – SB County Sheriff’s Department
- Hugh Oram – SB County Code Enforcement
- Alex Meyerhoff – City of 29 Palms
- Ranger Mark Harris – Bureau of Land Management
- Daphne Greene – Deputy Director, State OHMVR Division
- Mary Ashley – SB County District Attorney
3:00-3:30 PM Audience Q and A with panel
3:55-4:10 PM Brent Schoradt (California Wilderness Coalition) – OHV Grants Program
4:15-4:45 PM Open mic

"Desert Protection Summit Conference and Public Forum" to address ORV abuse of our private and public lands

  • Posted on: 13 January 2008
  • By: admin

Saturday, April 5th from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center. Joshua Tree Community Center located at 6171 Sunburst Road in Joshua Tree.

In 2005, COW and ARR organized a conference on ORV abuse attended by residents by many different desert communities. The event was a great success and helped to launch many successful initiatives to obtain law enforcement and to protect our precious desert lands and our quality of life.

Community ORV Watch (COW), the California Wilderness Coalition (CWC), the Morongo Basin Conservation Association (MBCA), the Desert Protective Council (DPC), The Mojave Land Trust and the Alliance for Responsible Recreation (ARR) (partial list) is organizing another conference for updates, information and the development of effective strategies.

Dr. Howard Wilshire, respected desert advocate and author of The Environmental Effects of Off-Road Vehicles, will be our keynote speaker. The conference will feature reports from grass-roots
activists and presentations on a number of relevant topics including: impacts on cultural resources, private property and protected areas; instruction on how to use the law; conservation efforts; addressing harassment and intimidation; challenges with law enforcement; and, grant funding.

We have invited representatives from local, county and federal law enforcement agencies, county supervisors and local elected officials who will be asked about their efforts to address ORV abuse.

There is no cost to attend the conference but donations are welcome.

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE CONFERENCE. CONTACT US FOR POSTERS AND FLIERS TO DISTRIBUTE IN YOUR AREA.

Sheriff's Department receives $133,000 ORV enforcement grant

  • Posted on: 20 December 2007
  • By: admin

The Sheriff's Department just received a $133,000 grant from the state of California Off-Highway Vehicle Commission to be used exclusively to address ORV abuse. The grant will pay for additional deputy hours, a truck to haul enforcement motorcycles to remote areas of the Morongo Basin, a message board to direct riders to Johnson Valley, the printing of more ORV brochures, and public education.

COW has been actively supporting the Sheriff's department efforts for the last three years which has brought over $250,000 in grant funds to the department. Our work now is to make sure that these funds are spent in the most effective way possible.

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