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.

DGSRV To Receive President's Volunteer Service Award!

Friends of Jawbone wants to wish a hearty congratulations to Desert Group Search and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. for having received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. DGSRV is an amazing group of people dedicated to educating and aiding the public. During the most recent FOJ meeting it was announced that the group of 31 volunteers had logged a total 10,000 hours of volunteer work over the past year. The top five volunteers in the group have personally reached the Gold level of service (meaning the adults have volunteered 500 hours or more in the past 12 months, or 250 Hours for young adults) and they will be honored individually at the awards ceremony.

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Congratulations Kern County Sheriff's OHV Division!

Friends of Jawbone wants to wish a hearty congratulations to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office’s OHV division in their recent acquisition of a 4-seat Polaris Razor. The new Razor was purchased with California State Parks and Recreation grant money. The sheriff’s office will also be purchasing four 2013 Yamaha ATVs, which will replace some of the older ATVs in their fleet, allowing them to continue the hard work of keeping riders safe and on legal trails.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has a response area of 8,000 square miles. Within this area are many large off-highway vehicle areas open to OHV recreation. Deputies assigned to the Off-highway Vehicle Team are responsible for patrolling in both mountain and desert terrain, often on challenging, sandy, rutted or rocky roads which normal patrol vehicles cannot gain access to.

BLM Names new Ridgecrest Field Office Manager

The BLM has announced that Carl Symons, previously BLM’s Medford Supervisory Realty Specialist in Oregon, will be the new field manager for the Ridgecrest Field Office.

Symons served as acting Ridgecrest Field Office Manager in late 2011 and early 2012, so he’s familiar with the area.

When asked about his new position Symons said, “I am very proud and honored to be joining the California Desert District as the Ridgecrest Field Manager.

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Carrying on The Work

We here at the Friends of Jawbone love to hear that our friends carried on volunteering and getting involved even after they left the state. Recently Ed Waldheim received a very nice eMail from Lemont Southworth. Lemont was one of the founders of the informal Desert Rat groups here in southern California. A few years ago he moved to Utah and wanted to let us know that he’s carried on his involvement in trail advocacy and conservation.

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ROHVA Opens New DriverCourse in So. Cal!

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) has unveiled a new driver training site in Irvine for Southern California SideXSide enthusiasts. The new Basic DriverCourses are a chance for both individuals and groups to improve their SideXSide driving skills in a controlled environment and under the supervision of a certified DriverCoach. Drivers are taught how to navigate tough situations, when and how to effectively use a spotter, and how to maintain better control of their vehicle in a variety of situations.

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