|Ocotillo Wells SVRA|
We're all accustomed to the mainstream media's typical regurgitation of the faux-environmentalist groups' anti-OHV propaganda, so it's refreshing to see a story like this one from CBS8 out of San Diego, California that shows the other side of the story.
Ocotillo Wells is Southern California's pride-and-joy State Vehicular Recreation Area. As such, it has for years been within the faux-environmentalists' crosshairs for closure. Scientific evidence has demonstrated to the courts exactly what this news story reveals: wildlife thrives within the OHV park.
A hidden motion-activated camera aimed at a watering hole shows the quantity and diversity of the fauna within just a small area of the OHV park. Coyotes, badgers, foxes, jackrabbits, mice, and numerous other creatures coexist peacefully with the Jeeps and motorcycles that also call Ocotillo Wells their home. While this balance may come as a surprise to those who rarely visit our SVRAs, appreciation for nature is one of the most rewarding things for those of us who frequent our state's OHV parks.
OHV users of all types (Jeeps, dirt bikes, dune buggies, ATVs, side-by-sides, mountain bikes) enjoy exploring the backcountry because of nature, not in spite of it; we as a group do more to preserve and protect the environment than all of the land-closure organizations put together. We adventure through the mountains and deserts to get away from the cities and get back in touch with nature, which is why we have authorized the California State Parks to manage our eight OHV areas for present and future generations.
California's grand total of only 67,299 acres of OHV parkland pales in comparison (0.45% as much land) to the 14,944,697 acres of Wilderness within the state, so we must fight to keep every precious acre from being closed due to pressure from the anti-OHV elitists. The faux-environmentalists won't be satisfied until every OHV park, every 10-foot-wide Jeep trail, and every 3-foot-wide motorcycle and mountain bike trail are closed and gated. Contributing to true environmental groups such as BlueRibbon Coalition, CORVA, Cal4Wheel, and UFWDA will help ensure that public lands are preserved for the public, rather than from the public.