U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Protect Motorized Recreation in California Desert

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation from Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) that would permanently designate six existing OHV areas comprising 300,000 acres in San Bernardino County: Johnson Valley (expanded by 11,000 acres), Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes and Stoddard Valley.

While HR 857, the “California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act,” expands wilderness designations in the California desert, the bill prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from closing any roads or trails that are currently open for motorized recreational access.

The bill now awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

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