Mark "Moose" Anderson, the person for whom our annual event was named, loved motorcycle riding in the Jawbone Canyon area and served as a governor appointed Commissioner on the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Commission.  

As a college graduate with a degree in Natural Resource Planning, Mark was just the person to work toward the unification of the off-road vehicle industry and the education of government agencies.  He had been racing motocross since age 15, and had a unique understanding of the issues facing OHV enthusiasts and the BLM.

Mark successfully worked in conjunction with many other individuals in the Jawbone area to promote responsible recreational OHV use.  His hard work has helped make The Friends of Jawbone what it is today.

Sadly, Mark suffered a fatal motorcycle accident while riding to Mexico in July 1987.  A plaque at the flag pole near Jawbone Station was dedicated in his honor.  His service to the Jawbone Canyon area has never been forgotten and his legacy lives on as he is remembered every year at the Moose Anderson Days event.

We honor Mark Anderson for his community service and enthusiasm for outdoor recreation.