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.

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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.

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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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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