NEWS

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.

Read more: Congratulations to Desert Group Search and Rescue!

Thank You, Google!

We would like to thank Google for awarding a nonprofit grant to Friends of Jawbone for the free use of their new Google Maps Engine, a donation worth $15,000. This remarkable online GIS mapping product will help us to manage our work on ground and to proof upcoming trail maps with local agencies. Google Maps Engine is available to members of the public for free in a Lite Version if you are interested in creating your own online maps.