Congratulations to the Desert Search and Rescue Volunteers!

The Friends of Jawbone want to wish the Desert Search and Rescue Unit's volunteers (DGSRV) a hearty congratulations on receiving the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award. This national honor is offered on an annual basis to those individuals, groups, and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

We can think of no group more deserving of this honor than DGSRV, whose tireless work has helped to make the greater Jawbone Canyon Area, and Eastern Kern County, a safer place to ride.

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Some Routes Re-Routed South of Jawbone Canyon

The Re Cinco Solar Project has begun work on their property south of Jawbone Canyon. They are working closely with Friends of Jawbone to ensure that the trails in the area remain accessible.

To this end, trails that run through the private property have been re-routed around it, ensuring continued access to trails in the area. Please review the map below.

Also, Re Cinco has asked riders in the area to please respect the newly installed Tortoise Exclusion fence. Desert tortoise exclusion fencing plays a critical role in protecting the state and federally threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise. Vandalism or modification of this fence could result in state and federal penalties. Please help keep wildlife safe by helping keep the tortoise fence intact. If you notice a breach in the fence, we ask that you call (877) 406-6935 immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

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BLM Releases WEMO Route Network Amendment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on its Draft West Mojave (WEMO) Route Network Project Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

This document is of particular interest to OHV and trail enthusiasts as it will have a direct impact on the riding opportunities available in the greater Western Mojave Desert. You can view information here.

Read more: BLM Releases WEMO Route Network Amendment

OHVMVR Acquisition Complete

On December 29, 2014 the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Division completed its acquisition of 18,275 acres of checkerboard private property in the Jawbone Canyon Area. This land, previously known as Onyx Ranch, has long been used by the OHV community and recreation communities and ranchers, and all expressed concern that the property might be purchased by private interests which would force the closure of this significant area to public use. OHMVR has purchased the land with the intention that it might be continued to be used for recreation.

Friends of Jawbone will continue to be engaged in the process as matters of land management are discussed to ensure the best possible outcome for the recreation communities.

For more information about the acquisition visit OHMVR website.

Congratulations to Desert Group Search and Rescue!

Congratulations to the Kern County Sheriff's Desert Group Search and Rescue Volunteers (DGSRV, Inc.) on receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of their volunteer service. In addition, 5 of the volunteers will be receiving the Call to Service Award, a lifetime achievement award that's part of the President's Volunteer Service Award program.

Awards were presented by Senator Jean Fuller, 18th Senate District in a ceremony on Tuesday, December 16th at her office in Bakersfield, CA.

"America's volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer, " Said Ray Henderson, President and CEO of DGSRV, Inc., "the recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans. Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities, and as a nation through their commitment."

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Ed Waldheim Receives the NOHVCC Perseverance Award

Each Year the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) recognizes those in the off-highway community who go above and beyond in their work in promoting a “Positive Future for OHV Recreation.”

This year the NOHVCC presented Friends of Jawbone’s own Ed Waldheim with the NOHVCC Perseverance Award. This award is presented to those who have persistently and professionally worked throughout the years to help create a positive future for OHV. For nearly 40 years Ed has been a tireless advocate for OHV Recreation, founding numerous “Friends” groups to support OHV Recreation, helping to triple the membership for the California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA), serving on the California OHV Recreation Commission and helping to bring in over a million dollars in Federal Recreational Trail Program grants to benefit Southern California riding opportunities.

To see Ed’s impact on recreational opportunities one need only visit Jawbone Canyon. Every vault toilet, every campfire ring, even the Jawbone Station visitors center has Ed’s name and efforts behind them. So Congratulations to Ed Waldheim on this most recent achievement. We can’t wait to see what his next big project will be.

Now Available: the 10th Edition FOJ Map!

The 10th edition FOJ map is now available at the Jawbone Station Visitors Center, on the FOJWebstore, and at interagency visitor centers! This map has been updated to reflect more accurate route data, updated discovery points and visitor center information, and up-to-date rules and regulations for the area.

Still only $3.00, this map is used by everyone from casual riders to Kern County Search and Rescue to navigate the back country trails in our area.

Stay in the know! Buy an updated map today.

Say NO to Riding Illegally Through People's Back Yards

Our neighbors, the residents of Cantil (east of Jawbone Canyon) have asked Friends of Jawbone to remind the OHV Community to stay on the legally designated trails. There is no legal riding in or through Cantil, yet fence cutting and the illegal crossing of private property, often through people’s back yards, has become a serious problem for residents there.

Most importantly, riding is prohibited on the railroad right of way between Neuralia Road & Papas Road. This is because the railroad maintains the flood control berms along this section of track which protects the residents of Cantil from the devastating flash floods which barrel down through there every few years. Riding along or across these flood control berms causes rapid degradation. Tires on dirt bikes and quads begin rutting which allows faster erosion of the berms.  In the event of a flood, this will lead to a failure of the berms putting our neighbors in Cantil at serious risk.

If you’re trying to get to the Rands or to Randsburg, you can either go through California City on legal routes there (CC10 goes all the way to the Rands) to or head north-east through Red Rock Canyon and catch EP100 to where it joins an OHV-legal section of the railroad Right of Way.

For help with these designated routes, see the Friends of Jawbone map which is available for sale at Jawbone Station and via our website, or get the FOJ OHV Map App for iPhone and Android mobile devices.