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Battle to Save The Hammers Is Not Over

Posted by Alison Graham on 2/16/2013 to News

Even after receiving more than 27,000 signatures on a petition to stop military expansion at the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms which will take a portion of the recreation area away from the Johnson Valley OHV Park, the Marine Corps released their Record of Decision (ROD) to continue with the expansion. According to a release on the Blue Ribbon Coalition's website, the fight isn’t over.

The petition met the minimum required number of signatures to warrant a formal response from the White House, giving the OHV enthusiasts a greater voice in government. The Marines must also submit a bill to Congress requesting approval for the expansion. Congress has passed a bill requiring the military to look into the possible negative financial impacts of expansion and to explore alternatives by April 1st.

Other positive news for the cause came during the 7th annual King of the Hammers race in February when SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) president and CEO Chris Kersting and Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA), who represents both Johnson Valley and Twentynine Palms in the U.S. Congress, attended the race, along with 60,000 other spectators. According to a press release from SEMA, the association will continue to lobby Congress to keep Johnson Valley in the hands of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The fight isn’t over to save your off-road park and the economy of the city of Johnson Valley. Visit the Save the Hammers website to see how you can continue to help.