Sign White House Petition to save Johnson Valley

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Suzuki Phil, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    everybody loves JV's endless sand!!

    signed.
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  2. tmaxx222

    tmaxx222 XR Rider

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    signed

    Going riding there next week, great riding area
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  3. CramerTV

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    Almost there - only 1600 to go! Nice going folks.
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  4. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    :clap Thanks to all who signed :clap I love my sand like it's a part of me!
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  5. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Signed

    Love JV. If you haven't been... go. It's not all sand. There're a few rocks too :D

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  6. CramerTV

    CramerTV Still eating dust

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    We did it! Thanks to all those who signed. Please feel free to sign and see if we can break 100k.
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  7. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    i love JV. let's keep it open.

    besides, it's a waste of tax payer money for the military to expand there.
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  8. Rally_West

    Rally_West Central Scrutinizer

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  9. CramerTV

    CramerTV Still eating dust

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    Not yet. There is still a report required by April 1st but yeah, it's not looking good.
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  10. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    Pretty disappointing that we only have 27,000 signatures. This needs to get to 100,000, which is the new requirement for WH commnets. :cry
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  11. CramerTV

    CramerTV Still eating dust

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    Fortunately it was created before the new requirements went into effect so we still get our formal response.
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  12. Off Limits

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    so whats the deal on this? did we win?
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  13. CramerTV

    CramerTV Still eating dust

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    There were enough signatures that the White House has to make a formal response. I haven't heard of one coming out yet.
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  14. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    Signed the petition and just got this reply .

    FYI .



    What We Have to Say About Johnson Valley

    By John Conger, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations and Environment at the Department of Defense.

    Thank you for your petition.

    The Administration's proposal for expansion of the land reserved for use by the Marine Corps balances Marine Corps training requirements that extend throughout the year with preserving safe public access for recreational activities within certain areas of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. The proposal was transmitted to Congress for consideration on April 26, 2013, because, for areas greater than 5,000 acres, Congress is responsible for creating and renewing withdrawal of public land for military training and testing.

    This base expansion plan was developed over the course of nine years in consultation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), community leaders, and recreational users and was subject to an environmental impact statement that assessed the needs, alternatives and impacts of large-scale training exercises at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

    If enacted, the proposal would affect approximately 188,000 acres of the Johnson Valley Area: 42,000 acres would be designated for recreational use, 43,000 acres would be shared recreational and military use, and 103,000 acres would be reserved for exclusive military use. The 42,000 acre recreational use area and the 43,000 acre shared use area would remain under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior, managed by the BLM. The 43,000 acre shared use area would be available for public recreation, except for two 30-day periods annually, when it would be closed to the public for military use. In addition, the Administration also proposes to designate these approximately 85,000 acres of land (the 42,000 acres and 43,000 acres referenced above) as the “Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area” under management of the BLM. This area would remain available for OHV recreational activities, both informal and organized. Approximately 103,000 acres of the 188,000 acre area would be reserved for exclusive military use. The King of the Hammers race is an example of the type of organized race that could continue in the shared use area. This race, which has in the past crossed both what would be the shared use area and the exclusive use area, has been a significant generator of economic activity associated with OHV recreation in the Johnson Valley Area, accounting for over 15% of the total yearly visitation. In addition the Marine Corps will consider, on a case by case basis and under controlled conditions, the use of this exclusive military use area for organized races, including the King of the Hammers race.

    Enactment of this proposal is essential to provide the space required to train Marines for specific missions and to ensure the Marines' continued success when called upon. There are no other Marine Corps properties where this requirement can be met. Marines need to train in as close to a real-world setting as possible and Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) training must allow Marines to conduct intensive operations over extended distances that allow for maneuvering in the presence of ground and air live-fire. A MEB consists of 15,000 Marines and sailors, and their aviation and ground combat equipment, including artillery and mortars. Currently, training of this scope must rely on classroom instruction and simulation which cannot provide realistic and practical experience for command, control, and maneuver. This absence of a MEB-level training range limits Marine Corps readiness by leaving the USMC without a venue for conducting fully integrated, live fire MEB training.

    Since 2000, the Department of the Navy has intensively studied the Marines' warfighting requirements. In November 2000, the Marine Corps published Marine Corps Strategy 21, which identified the MEB as the primary contingency response force of the Marine Corps. An independent study by CNA's Center for Naval Analyses in 2004 concluded that MEB-level realistic large-scale air, ground training is essential for the Marine Corps to prepare units to respond to large-scale contingencies, and that this training can only be conducted at an expanded Twentynine Palms. In 2008, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, concurred. In February 2013, after nine years of study and analysis, the Marine Corps determined the only viable cost effective alternative was to expand the Twentynine Palms training area into the Johnson Valley OHV Area.

    The Department of the Navy's Environmental Impact Statement evaluated the economic impacts of the proposed expansion on communities and businesses. The proposed base expansion would provide net benefits to the local economy, including 110 new jobs, $4 million in additional salaries, and $7.5 million in additional regional sales. This would be in addition to the existing contributions by Twentynine Palms to the local economy, including a 2012 workforce payroll of approximately $600 million (most of which is spent in the local area by personnel stationed and employed on the base), $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education to San Bernardino County schools, and base contracts valued at $28 million awarded to local vendors. The increase in jobs and expenditures is expected to offset a projected loss from the recreational and film industries of $1.5 million in sales and $216,000 in taxes. (The $1.5 million in sales represents approximately .01% of the $1.1 billion in sales the Retail Trade and Accommodation/Food Services sectors of Yucca Valley, Apple Valley and Victorville generate annually).

    The Department of the Navy places a high value on maintaining positive relationships in the communities in which they are based and Johnson Valley is no exception. The development of this proposal has been carried out in consideration of extensive public input with the goal of balancing the needs of Marine Corps' training requirements with existing recreational activities.

    Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

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  15. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    Who thinks Obama actually listens to a bunch of offroaders ?

    Forcing a response is meaningless. It's all spin.

    All these WH petitions do is give him our thoughts so his hacks can develop clever responses to ream us again... and again.

    If it can't be won in the courts... it's never gonna be won with thoughtful dialog.



    Interesting tid bit... when I spell checked this post spell checker suggested "offroader" should be "offender" :lol3
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  16. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    I said it before and I'll say it again, if the military wants it the military will get it.
    At least the plan did get modified a little to the benefit of offroad use.
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  17. Scorpion Sports

    Scorpion Sports (Now with Motowearhouse.com)

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    Agreed

    Sometimes I think that these are just negative thoughts, but in this case it is just being realistic. Anyone remember proposition S21?
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  18. Off Limits

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    Drones dont need training. We al ready beat Iraq. We pushed the nazis completely out of North Africa. Is there some other desert empire with oil that we need fucking training to take out?
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  19. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    Tells me they plan to be involved in wars in the middle east for years to come.
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