Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GLAMIS: Judge rejects lawsuit, opening new areas to vehicles

Source: Press Enterprise


Ending a 14-year closure, about 40,000 acres of the popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area will be opened to off-road vehicles this fall after a federal court judge overruled environmentalists’ objections.

The land had been placed off limits to protect the Peirson’s milk vetch, a perennial herb listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The 250-square-mile recreation site in Imperial County is one of the most popular off-roading areas in Southern California, drawing an estimated 1.2 million visitors a year. It’s commonly known as Glamis for the small town there — the name popularized on T-shirts, decals and bumper stickers.

Off-road enthusiasts celebrated the decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District Court of California in San Francisco. Her ruling last week upholds a 2013 management plan adopted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that includes lifting most of the milk-vetch closure.

“It’s an excellent riding area,” said Jim Bramham, a board member of the American Sand Association, on Monday. “It’s been historically some of the best open dunes for people who like to do long, lineal rides and explore the desert.”

Bramham’s group was one of 10 that helped fight the lawsuit challenging the BLM’s plan. The American Sand Association’s website urges riders to stay out of closed areas until the BLM removes red off-limits stakes.

The largest area that will reopen is in the center of the dunes, with a small portion south of Interstate 8 and another in the northern section near Highway 78, Bramham said.

The dunes are the largest such formation in North America, covering almost 200,000 acres in southeast Imperial County, near the U.S.-Mexico border. The area also is known as the Algodones Dunes.

Officials with the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed the lawsuit, said they are considering whether to appeal the decision.

In her ruling, Illston found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is overdue in issuing a recovery plan for the Peirson’s milk vetch, and ordered one done by 2019.

The court order maintains closure of 9,261 acres of critical habitat deemed necessary for plant’s survival, as well as 26,000 acres of the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness that is permanently closed to vehicles.

The remainder, more than 127,000 acres, will be open to sand rails, motorcycles, four-wheelers and other off-highway vehicles.

Ileene Anderson, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, worries about enforcement of the closures.

“The critical habitat follows the geography of the dunes. It looks like a big comb. I don’t know how they’ll be able to enforce keeping trespassing from happening in these areas that look like fingers going out from the backbone of the comb,” she said.

Terry Weiner, conservation coordinator for the Desert Protective Council in San Diego, said she has seen evidence of traffic in a closure area she regularly visits off Interstate 8 near the Buttercup Campground.

“People weren’t respecting that closure. They were riding through there,” said Weiner, who noticed many of the red stakes buried in sand or ridden over when she was there last month.

“That is the only place that the Peirson’s milk vetch lives on the entire planet,” she said. “The seeds can stay alive in sand for up to 20 years, but that requires the sand not being constantly turned up by tires, which dries them out.”

The Bureau of Land Management will work with off-roading groups to educate the public and develop new maps and signs to direct riders away from closures.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Set to Change Closures this Fall

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Closure Map
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that locations previously identified as closed for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use will change in the fall of 2014. A recent court decision paved the way for the BLM to implement the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP), allowing for increased OHV riding opportunities in the recreation area and for better protection of natural resource values such as the Peirson's milkvetch.

Implementation of the Imperial Sand Dunes RAMP requires education and outreach such as new maps and signing directing riders to open areas and away from closures intended to protect critical habitat for Peirson's milkvetch. The BLM will seek assistance from local partners to help with this effort in preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 season and requests that visitors continue to respect all existing regulatory signs until they are changed.

"Visitors to the Imperial Sand Dunes have patiently waited for implementation of the new RAMP, and we are very excited that new riding opportunities are just around the corner," said El Centro Field Manager Thomas Zale. "I appreciate the cooperative spirit of our dunes visitors and will be working hard with staff and partners to get ready for great times next season in America's Great Outdoors!"

The RAMP Record of Decision was issued in June 2013 and provides guidance of management to over 160,000 acres in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and over 50,000 acres of public lands in the surrounding area. The Record of Decision is located at the following website:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vision X Lighting Releases New End Cap Mount for LED Light Bars

Vision X Light Bars
More Versatility in LED Light Bar Mounting

April 3, 2014 Auburn, WA – Vision X Light Bars are now more versatile with the release of the brand new End Cap Mounts. By simply screwing the new mounting bolts into the end caps of four different light bar models, mounting Vision X Lighting has never been easier.

The end cap mounting bolts are manufactured from High Grade Stainless Steel, utilizing Nylock bolts and shaker washer for a tight and secure fit. Just like the patented Base Mount System that comes standard on all Vision X LED Bars, the optional End Cap Mounts are race tested and proven to stand up to the harshest conditions.

The Vision X End Cap Mounting Bolts have been fitted and tested to the following Light Bars:
  • Xmitter Prime Xtreme: XIL-PX (5” – 50”)
  • Evo Prime: XIL-EP (5”-52”)
  • Xmitter Low Profile Prime Xtreme: XIL-LPX (5”-50”)
  • Xmitter: XIL- (4” – 52”)
Item Number Part Number Product Fit Jobber
XIL-LPECM 9888811 Xmitter Low Profile $15.00
XIL-PECM 9889191 Xmitter Prime
Evo Prime
XIL-ECM 9888781 Xmitter $15.00

Vision X Light Bars

For more information please visit www.visionxusa.com or call 888-489-9820

Vision X Lighting, located in Seattle, Washington, was established in 1997 with the mission to revolutionize the lighting industry. Since that time, Vision X Lighting has created one of the largest premium lighting offerings in the world with hundreds of products and applications. The military, border patrol, and even NASA have trusted Vision X Lighting on vehicles that cannot work with second best. Vision X Lighting has lead the lighting industry growing 759% in the past 3 years which placed them on the 2012 INC 5000 list at 503, 10th overall in manufacturing and 10th in the Seattle Washington area. Vision X Lighting's commitment to its customers, dealers and product is unsurpassed. www.visionxusa.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Planning Your Summer Vacation at Idaho Dunes RV

Idaho Dunes RV
The Idaho Dunes RV Park is open seasonally from April to October. Weather during the season is mild with average high temps ranging from 57° – 84° F. On-site amenities include ATV and trailer rentals, food service, showers facilities, sand car and ATV parts sales, and a fully stocked general store. The St. Anthony Sand Dunes Recreation Area contains over 10,000 acres of massive contiguous sand dunes and is widely known for offering the largest bowls and smoothest free riding area in the country.            

PMS Dune Rentals operates a fleet of over 10 new model ATV's and UTV's including the Polaris RZR XP 900 and RZR 4 XP 900 on-site at Idaho Dunes RV Park. Click http://www.pmsdunerentals.com or call (208) 390-3223 to reserve your rental today!

Polaris RZR Rental

Luv 2 Camp trailers are available for rent and can be located in any campsite of your choosing. Upgrade from your tent or invite the mother-in-law along on your family vacation... Either way Luv 2 Camp has a trailer rental that will suit your needs. For more information or to book your rental trailer today click www.luv2camp.com or call (888) 898-CAMP (2267).

Trailer Rental

The Idaho Dunes UTV Invasion is set for Labor Day Weekend 2014. This UTV event is being organized by Jon Crowley of UTVGuide.net and Dave Kuskie at Fullerton Sand Sports and will be based at Idaho Dunes RV. This casual gathering is open to industry, enthusiasts and media with a goal having UTVs dominate the dunes for the weekend.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Group sues county, State Parks to ban off-highway vehicles at Oceano Dunes

Source: The Tribune

Frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress in controlling dust blowing from the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, a group of Nipomo Mesa residents has sued the county and the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

The group Mesa Community Alliance filed the lawsuit Thursday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. It asks a judge to bar off-highway vehicle riding in the Oceano Dunes until State Parks fully complies with a dust control rule adopted by the county Air Pollution Control District in November 2011.

“State Parks and the county are public agencies whose highest priority should be the protection of public health,” said Arlene Versaw, spokeswoman for the plaintiff group. “The county has taken no meaningful action whatsoever, and State Parks appears not to want to take even the smallest steps.”

The county was included as a defendant in the lawsuit because it owns the 584-acre La Grande Tract in the center of the riding area of the park. Tim McNulty with the Office of the County Counsel said he is aware of the lawsuit and plans to brief the county Board of Supervisors on it Tuesday.

“We shouldn’t discuss it in the press until we have a chance to discuss it with the board,” he said.

On windy days, dust from the park blows onto the Nipomo Mesa, where air quality frequently exceeds state standards for particulate pollution. High particulate levels have been linked to a variety of health effects including asthma and other lung problems as well as cardiovascular disease.

A scientific study conducted by the air district concluded that OHV riding contributes to the dust pollution problem. Greater levels of dust originate from the riding area of the park than from the nonriding area, the study concluded.

Brent Marshall, Oceano Dunes superintendent, said the park is making progress toward implementing dust control measures, but progress has been slow because of mediation between State Parks and state and county air officials.

“I sympathize with the frustrations of the residents,” he said. “We are hoping to move forward quicker.”

Park officials plan to test a series of dust control measures starting in March when the spring windy season begins, Marshall said. These include installing wind fencing as well as distributing 5,000 to 6,000 hay bales in a buffer area downwind of the riding area.

Both of these techniques slow the wind as it blows over open sand dunes, reducing its ability to pick up tiny sand particles and blow them into residential areas. A long-term dust control plan for the Dunes is expected to be complete in the fall.

Versaw said she is aware that dust control measures will be tested but doubts they will be effective.

“I have no reason to believe that this will be anything more than a half-hearted attempt to do anything,” she said.

The Mesa Community Alliance was formed in 2010 and is intended to advocate for issues of common interest to Nipomo Mesa residents, Versaw said. The group fought against the Nipomo Community Services District’s effort to increase property taxes through an assessment district to pay for a water pipeline project from Santa Maria.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/02/28/2949393/group-sues-county-state-parks.html#fb#storylink=cpy

Monday, March 17, 2014

Idaho Dunes UTV Invasion Scheduled for Labor Day Weekend

Idaho Dunes UTV Invasion
Idaho Dunes UTV Invasion - Labor Day Weekend
The Idaho Dunes UTV Invasion is set for Labor Day Weekend 2014. This UTV event is being organized by Jon Crowley of UTVGuide.net and Dave Kuskie at Fullerton Sand Sports and will be based at Idaho Dunes RV. This casual gathering is open to industry, enthusiasts and media with a goal having UTVs dominate the dunes for the weekend.

There will be plenty of group rides, hill climb competitions and camp fires, plus Idaho Dunes RV will be hosting a BBQ and Show & Shine competition during the weekend.

Idaho Dunes RV has reserved a block of full-hookup RV sites for the event that will go fast, but they also have 25 acres of dry camp area for overflow or if you’d prefer to circle your wagons. The St. Anthony Sand Dunes Recreation Area contains over 10,000 acres of massive contiguous sand dunes and is widely known for offering the largest bowls and smoothest free riding area in the country.

Along with Jon Crowley of UTVGuide.net, Neal Rideout of Neal Rideout Photography will be at Idaho Dunes RV to help photograph the action.

Idaho Dunes RV – We are encouraging everyone to book early at Idaho Dunes RV. The campground is conveniently located with direct access to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Amenities consist of 56 RV campsites, 25 acres of dry camp area, showers, bathrooms, ATV/UTV rentals, trailer rentals, food service and a fully stocked convenience store. All RV sites are pull through and will easily accommodate rigs between 75 to 80 feet long. IDRV is the nearest private campground to the big dunes and will be where group rides are organized, BBQ, Show & Shine and campfire stories are relived.

Be sure to tell them you are part of the “Idaho Dunes UTV Invasion”. 208-624-3275 or reservations@idahodunesrv.com

Hotels – Rexburg, ID is the closest town to the dunes and there are several hotels available. Day use is available at Idaho Dunes RV (with purchase) and Egin Lake BLM area.

There is no cost for the event other than your camping spot at Idaho Dunes RV.

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We will be using the hashtag #IdahoUTVInvasion for on social media for this event.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FOX Extends Dual Speed Compression (DSC) Adjuster to its Truck and Offroad Product Lineup

Dual Speed Compression (DSC) adjuster

El Cajon, Calif. – FOX recently made its Dual Speed Compression (DSC) adjuster available for trucks, Jeeps, and off-road vehicles. The addition of DSC in a truck shock application provides added control and comfort tuning for on-road use while also offering more aggressive damping for use off-road. The adjuster allows for precise suspension tuning with the simple twist of two clearly defined knobs: No tools and no mess, just a way to easily fine-tune your suspension to best suit your needs in any conditions.

With DSC, you can adjust the shock's low-speed and high-speed compression damping by simply turning the external adjuster knobs. The billet 6061-T6 anodized aluminum knobs increases both low and high-speed levels by 25%, allowing you to maximize small bump compliance and traction while still having the extra damping required for big hits.

The DSC’s gold low-speed compression (LSC) adjuster knob offers 10 clicks of adjustment and primarily affects compression damping during slow suspension movements such as G-outs or smooth jump landings. It also affects wheel traction and the harshness or plushness of the vehicle’s ride. The DSC’s blue high-speed compression (HSC) adjuster knob offers 12 clicks of adjustment and mainly affects compression damping during medium to fast suspension movements such as steep jump faces, harsh flat landings, and aggressive wash board roads.

The DSC is mated to a large 2.5-inch 6061-T8 aluminum external reservoir that dissipates heat faster than the previous steel reservoir, providing precise control no matter how hard you push your shocks. The aluminum reservoir is anodized black and provides the shock with an increase in oil and nitrogen capacity. Capping off the reservoir is an integrated O-ring sealed cover for the FOX Air Valve (FAV). The new capping system provides an increased level of safety to ensure the valve is not damaged or discharged while battling the elements of off-road driving.

Available applications of the new DSC adjuster include the 3.0 Factory Series Coil-over Internal Bypass Adjustable for Ford SVT Raptor and 2.5 Factory Series Internal Bypass Adjustable Reservoir smooth body shocks for Jeep Wrangler JKs, as well as all 2.5 Factory Series Coil-over Adjustable Reservoir shocks. The DSC adjusters are also available as an upgrade for any existing 2.5-inch diameter smooth body or coil-over reservoir shock with a 7/8-inch shaft.

Find an online or local retailer location at ridefox.com/buy

DSC increases compression levels by 25%
LSC knob offers 10 clicks of adjustment
HSC knob offers 12 clicks of adjustment
2.5-inch smooth bore 6061-T8 aluminum reservoir in anodized black
Integrated O-ring sealed FOX Air Valve (FAV) cover

Headquartered in Scotts Valley, CA, FOX designs and manufactures high-performance suspension products primarily for mountain bikes, side-by-side vehicles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles. For more than three decades, FOX's team of enthusiasts and professional athletes has been improving vehicle performance through a unique commitment to redefining ride dynamics.