NEWS

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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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.

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

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!