OHMVR legislation: SB 249 & AB 159Dear MBCA Members and Supporters,MAKE CALLS TO YOUR LEGISLATOR TODAY!WHY: OHV damage is outpacing California’s ability to repair and regulate OHV use.The Assembly votes tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13thThe Senate votes this Friday, September 15thMBCA has supported Community OHV Watch (COW) since their inception. COW and many other conservation partners have worked diligently for a better balance of OHV recreation interests and the protection of our state’s natural resources.SB 249 and SB 159 will reform California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle recreation and repair, reduce, and prevent OVH damage to California’s natural and cultural resources. Last reauthorized 10 years ago – it has become clear the program needs to include improved natural resource management techniques, oversight by the Department, and increased funding for project that repair lands damaged from motorized recreation.This legislation will protect natural resources from illegal riding and environmental degradation and will continue to improve OHMVR (off-road motor vehicle registration) funding for enforcement and landscape restoration.Urge your representatives to vote YES on SB 249 & SB 159!Residents in the Morongo Basin call:Assemblyman Chad Mayes – Rancho Mirage office (760) 346-6342; Sacramento office (916) 319-2042Senator Jean Fuller – Sacramento office (916) 651-4016Sample wording for calls:"I am a voting constituent in your district, and I'm calling to urge Assembly Member/Senator [NAME] to vote YES on SB 249, California's OHV Reform Bill. SB 249 has been amended to address priority needs for OHV Program reform. The Morongo Basin Conservation Association, our partner organizations, the State Parks Department, and the Governor's office all support this bill. Please join them in support and vote YES on SB 249. Thank you."For information on OHV reform bills SB 249 & AB 159:Sincerely,Sarah Kennington, MBCA PresidentYour 2017 MBCA BoardDavid Fick, Vice President Steve Bardwell, TreasurerMarina West, Recording Secretary Pat Flanagan, DirectorMeg Foley, Director Ruth Rieman, DirectorClaudia Sall, Director for Events Laraine Turk, DirectorMBCA advocates for a healthy desert environmentthat nurtures the region’s rural character, cultural wealthand economic well-being.
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Land of Little Rain: Mary Hunter AustinThe speaker is author Walter Feller, a California-based nature and wildlife photographer who documents the Mojave Desert.($5 donation)
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