Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) offers more than 85,000 acres of desert riding, open for OHV exploration and recreation, and is operated by the California State Parks OHV Division.
Anti-access groups have filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to force CA State Parks to limit off-road vehicle use to designated trails, arguing that the core State Park management policies are illegal and should be changed. This will effectively eliminate Open riding, which has been the traditional use.
BRC is serving in a partner/support role with regards to Ocotillo Wells SVRA. BRC focuses primarily on federal land access and related litigation. Regarding state land issues (like California SVRA's) BRC works with and partners with state or regional OHV groups and such is the case with Ocotillo Wells SVRA. BRC continues to be in contact with the Tierra del Sol 4x4 Club (TDS), Off-Road Business Association (ORBA), and the California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) on the Ocotillo Wells SVRA as they are the point groups on that particular issue. BRC's point person on the Ocotillo Wells SVRA issue is BRC board member, John Stewart. John is also affiliated with TDS and is a contractor for CA4WDC.
Tierra del Sol 4WDC (TDS) hosts their annual Desert Safari in Ocotillo Wells. They have retained legal counsel in partnership with AMA District 37 and have been working with Ocotillo Wells staff, OHMVR Division Cal State Parks, and Cal Dept of Justice concerning progress of the lawsuit filed by PEER et al.
Current status (as of 2/7/14) is the suit has had one judicial review under the "demur" process where State Parks asked the judge to dismiss the suit or the plaintiff to show cause to continue. The judge did accept the State Parks argument that it was premature to continue with the lawsuit as the complaint was filed. The judge did provide PEER et al with a 20 day period to amend their complaint. PEER did file an amended complaint which is expected to be reviewed by the judge within the next 30-60 days.
That review will either dismiss the law suit or place it on the court docket for further legal review.
Tierra del Sol
Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego
Tierra del Sol updates are posted on their website at: http://www.tds4x4.com/
Lawsuit Filed Against Ocotillo Wells SVRA! LINK
TDS membership voted to intervene on behalf of California State Parks LINK
State Parks Responds to OWSVRA Open Riding Lawsuit LINK
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER! LINK
Off-Road Business Association, Inc (ORBA)
Here is an overview from ORBA on Ocotillo Wells SVRA:
Ocotillo Wells SVRA, The Rest of the Story. Where is the Rest of the OHV Access Community? LINK
Californis Association of 4WD Clubs Inc.
Updates from CA4WDC are posted at: http://www.cal4wheel.com/
Right now, a lot of BRC's resources are focused on the Sage Grouse which has the potential to impact OHV casual use and permitted events in 11 western states including CA and NV. BRC will engage in the Ocotillo Wells issue as requested by our partner groups, TDS, ORBA, and CA4WDC.
On another note, one SVRA that BRC is leading the charge in is the Carnegie SVRA fight because our Western Rep, Don Amador has first-hand knowledge of the riding area: LINK
Don also has a blog on the Carnegie SVRA: LINK