SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 41, October 8, 2015

Congressional Bill Would Protect and Expand Off-Roading Interests in the California Desert

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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The California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act would expand the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area—home to the King of the Hammers—by nearly 20,000 acres and provide it with a National status.
   

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to preserve 300,000 acres of the California desert for off-roading and expand OHV recreation areas by more than 60,000 acres.

The California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act would establish five new national OHV recreation areas in Southern California. It would also expand the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area by nearly 20,000 acres and provide it with a National status. Johnson Valley is home to the King of the Hammers event where specially constructed vehicles race across the open desert and climb through steep ravines.

The legislation would prevent the president from designating national monuments within OHV and Special Management areas created and expanded in this legislation.

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Eric Snyder at erics@sema.org.

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