On August 31, 2011, the Friends of Jawbone hosted a meeting with law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the BLM, California Parks OHMVR Division and Kern County First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston and Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner. The outcome of this meeting is a coordination of the various agencies, including Kern County Sheriff Department, Kern County Parks Department and Red Rock Canyon State Park law enforcement. The agencies that serve the Jawbone Canyon/Dove Springs, El Paso Mountains and Rand Mountains and other outlying OHV areas will be conducting law enforcement activities on the multiple large holidays that attract so many OHV riders to the area.
Mostly informational, the group is getting the word out about the designated trails, the laws about staying on those trails, and consequences of making your own trail. “We want riders to responsibly and safely enjoy the OHV experience in our area,” states Karen Sanders of the Friends of Jawbone organization. “We want them to have fun and enjoy their lands, all the while being aware of OHV regulations. Without this action we could lose the privilege of riding on the designated trails. In the Jawbone Canyon/Dove Springs area there are trails that cut through private property where there is an agreement with the landowner to do so, but if OHVers are not following trails, the landowner can and will shut down those riding areas. It really is a private property issue in this area.”
During the upcoming OHV riding season there will be maps distributed and information given to the various recreation enthusiasts visiting these areas. It is tailored for the public who ride in Jawbone/Dove Springs, the Rands and the El Pasos areas. Patrols will also be increased during this time for safety and infractions. And remember that drinking and driving laws apply on the dirt the same as on the street.
The Friends of Jawbone is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to the promotion of outdoor recreation Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs, and surounding areas of public lands . Formed in 1998, Friends of Jawbone supports and develops projects to improve, protect and maintain existing trails. In addition to these projects, Friends of Jawbone works to promote understanding, education and cooperation among all users of public lands. For more information about Friends of Jawbone visit www.jawbone.org.