NEWS

California State Parks and Recreation Transition Plan

On October 3, 2017, the California Department of State Parks and Recreation (DPR) released its long awaited Operational Transition Plan that will restructure and guide the department's efforts to enhance service delivery, better support staff and key partners, provide career paths for diverse professional groups to develop as park leaders, and put program expertise closer to the public.

This development is important to Friends of Jawbone because it affects our neighbor and partner, Red Rock State Park, which is home to hundreds of miles of world class recreational OHV touring opportunities. It also affects the operation of the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division which administers the Grants and Cooperative Agreements program that funds FOJ's ground operations and restoration work, as well as its rider education and safety projects.

Those who have been following this transformation effort by DPR may want to download and review the final Operation Transition Plan. Please let us know how you think this plan might affect OHV recreation in the greater Jawbone Canyon area.

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Save OHV Program

Friends of Jawbone is happy to report that on October 3, 2017, Governor Brown signed state legislation into law the renews and makes permanent California's Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program. This year-long push to reauthorize the OHV program and to make it permanent proved successful because the Governor and members of the State Senate and Assembly heard from thousands of OHV enthusiasts like you. Such an accomplishment would never have occurred if it weren't for your letters, telephone calls, emails and contributions.

“Members’ calls to their legislators worked,” said Amy Granat, Managing Director of CORVA, the California Off Road Vehicle Association. “The off-road vehicle community was able to convince the author of the bill and legislative leaders to work with off-road representatives on Senate Bill 249 and companion bill Senate Bill 159.”

Our friends at ORBA, the Off-Road Business Association, wrote, "While it may seem that a complicated state like California would never allow OHV use, this proves that a viable, responsible and important program can work its way through a super majority and become stronger. Our original goal was to keep the existing program intact while at the same time make it permanent. With strong collaboration and hard work, we have accomplished these goals and are now looking forward to the future of off road recreation."

Our friends in the conservation community also praised this development, including the California Native Plant Society.  “We’re thankful to Senator Allen and his staff for helping us take an important first step to improve conservation standards without penalizing responsible riders," said CNPS Conservation Director Greg Suba. "SB 249 was always about finding a win-win for California. Nobody wants to see California’s natural beauty destroyed, so we’ve got to keep working together around our shared values."

FOJ Annual Report 2016


Have you ever wondered what Friends of Jawbone does all year, or how they use the grant money they receive?

Well, we've again produced an Annual Report summing up all the work and projects we engaged in last year. From bringing the OwlsheadGPS Project’s state-wide OHV trail map to Android and iOS devices, to repairing over 300 miles of trails to keep them open to the public, FOJ has a lot to brag about!

Read more: FOJ Annual Report 2016

No 420 on Federal Lands!

With the recent legalization of marijuana in California and other western states, also came some confusion.  Although it may be legal to consume marijuana on private and other non-federal property, it is NOT yet legal to possess or use it on federal lands.

So, if your visit to a national park, national forest, BLM or other federally managed lands today, or any other day, includes a nod to 420, know that you face the possibility of arrest, citations, fines, and/or confiscation.

But most importantly, please understand that marijuana use can impair your riding abilities and skills. Offroading after consuming alcohol or drugs endangers your life and the lives of others around you.

Ride sober, ride safely!

Erskine Fire Map

Where is all the smoke coming from? The Erskine Fire. Please refer to the Inciweb for the most up-to-date information on activity in the area.

High Desert Trails Performance Rally - Saturday May 7th, 2016

Kicking off its 9th consecutive run, the High Desert Trails Rally has been a part of rally in Southern California since 1973. On dirt roads Southwest of Ridgecrest and North of the Jawbone Canyon Station, the rally takes competitors through fast and flowing valleys and tight and twisty forest sections in the beautiful high desert on county roads. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of racing flat out.

The High Desert Trails Rally is a performance time trial event. Rally Racing is a motorsport where a driver and navigator (co-driver) race down closed dirt roads, one car at a time, as fast as they can. The cars race against the clock, and not head-to-head. The racing sections are called Special Stages and closed to all non-rally traffic. The vehicles stay on the road and do not go "off-road" into the desert. When not racing on the closed stages, the cars transit with normal traffic.

Read more: High Desert Trails Performance Rally - Saturday May 7th, 2016

Desert Search and Rescue is seeking public input!

The Desert Search & Rescue Team is preparing to submit for a new State OHV grant! We will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm. We will also be meeting with Stakeholders as well! The location will be at 15874 Sierra Hwy, Mojave CA 93501. We will be discussing the 'wish list' of items that we are considering for this grant cycle! For more information regarding this grant, please visit ohv.parks.ca.gov.

California City Police Department Holding Public Hearing

The California City Police Department will conduct a Public Hearing to take input on the California State Parks OHV Grant 2015/2016.

This hearing will be conducted in compliance with the grant requirements as we are soliciting input from stakeholders and the general public.

Time: Saturday, February 13 @ 10 AM

Location: Borax Bill Park, 16363 Twenty Mule Team Parkway, California City, 93505