NEWS

Corridor Re-Opens for Spring

The Friends of Jawbone is happy to announce the repairs to the Bright Star Wilderness Corridor are complete and it is now open.  Due to severe storm damage, the corridor was closed to protect the wilderness from impacts by OHV's.  Please remember to use care and stay on the designated trail.

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Your Money, Your Signs

The Jawbone Area sees many enthusiastic visitors every weekend.

Unfortunately, some feel compelled to destroy the brown paddles signs that mark our trails by shooting at them, driving over them, or pulling them out and breaking them.

Please understand that these signs are paid for by State OHV trust fund money.  This money comes from YOUR OHV registration fees and gasoline taxes.

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Why the Closures?

The Friends of Jawbone is eager to answer your questions as to why so many trails are being “closed” in the area.  Below are the most important points we'd like for you to know.

The Jawbone area's current legal route network was designated in 1987 and reaffirmed in the BLM's 2006 West Mojave Plan.  These trails are all within the environmentally sensitive Jawbone-Butterbredt ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern). Click here for map.

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From The Ground Up

This is an exciting time for the Friends of Jawbone as the Jawbone Station expansion project is making incredible progress.  After all the hard work by so many people, the concrete slab for the new work center and garage was poured on Monday, January 31.

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Speed Limit Raised to 45 MPH Through Mojave

Long time OHV'ers may remember from a few years ago the chaos of driving through the town of Mojave on busy weekends.

Here scores of big rigs connecting to points east and west would combine with countless RV's and toyhaulers heading to and from their outdoor adventures.  Vehicles jostled for food and fuel and were sometimes backed up for miles in every direction.  The paltry 35 mile per hour speed limit at times was faster than traffic would allow.

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The OwlsheadGPS

Friends of Jawbone is proud to have received a 2010/11 safety and education grant from the California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) for a project which will increase the accuracy of Jawbone area GPS data.  This effort is named “The OwlsheadGPS” in memory of a young boy whose life was lost in Death Valley National Park in August 2009.  It is believed that he and his mother got lost deep in the Owlshead Mountains after following inaccurate information on their GPS.

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Friends of Jawbone Hosts Law Enforcement Officers Summit

Cantil, California - The Friends of Jawbone hosted a meeting with law enforcement agencies in conjunction with BLM, California Parks OHMVR Division and Field Representatives for both Kern County's First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston and Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner.  The outcome of this meeting is a Joint Task Force of the various agencies, including California City Police Department, Ridgecrest Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and private landowners.  This group will be conducting law enforcement activities on the multiple large holidays that attract so many OHV riders to the area.

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Judge Rules OHV Closures “Not Appropriate” and “Not in the Public Interest”

Cantil, California - A federal judge Saturday declined to restrict public access to some 5,000 miles of roads and trails in the West Mojave desert.

A coalition of environmental groups had asked United States District Judge Susan Illston to allow only the use of street legal vehicles across the 9.3 million acre planning area of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) West Mojave Plan (WEMO). 

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