... and much more in this week's Jawbone News Roundup!
California OHMVR Tours Jawbone Area
California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission led a tour of the Jawbone Canyon area on Thursday, March 12 in preparation for their meeting on Friday, March 13. Top of the conversation was public education and the varied recreational and economic opportunities afforded by the lands around Jawbone Canyon. The tour traveled through the newly acquired state land between Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs and included stops at Butterbredt Springs to hear from the Audubon Society (pictured below), a stop at a grazing corral to speak with Rancher Bruce Hafenfeld and family (pictured below), a pause along SC124 to discuss the PCT with Mark Hada, lunch in Dove Springs, and a discussion of the geology of the area with Will Harris, showing the wide breadth of use these parcels of lands see.
Meetings and tours like this will help the OHMVR Commission decide how best to manage their newly acquired lands.
Flower Season Blooms at Jawbone Canyon
Late rains and mild, warm weather and the relative absence of strong winds have created perfect wildflower conditions out in the Jawbone Canyon area. Get out there and enjoy the color while it lasts!
In reaction to public comments the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan has decided to split apart the public and private lands parts of the plan, to allow further revision of the private land sections, while allowing the public land designations to more forward. For more information see this article in The Desert Sun.
The OHV Community is cautiously optimistic in light of the recent release of the Draft West Mojave Route Network Plan. The plan proposes re-opening almost 3,000 miles of trails in the Western Mojave. Public Comment period is open until June 4, 2015. A full draft of the plan and information about public meetings and comments can be found on the BLM's website.
The BLM and responsible gun groups are trying to raise awareness among shooters to clean-up their targets and shells after shooting on our public lands. A recent cleanup of an area popular with shooters involved the removal of 10 large pickup loads, 30 yards of target trash, and a number of car tires.
Friends of Jawbone Crews report a number of sites that they've cleaned have involved objects used for target shooting that were subsequently abandoned in the area. Please help us keep our public lands open, clean, safe, and accessible by always removing all garbage.