Glamis may get 40,000 acres opened

I saw this on my friends web site  Being an old Glamis fan this might be good news.

According to the American Motorcyclist Association, the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, popularly known as Glamis, could soon see nearly 40,000 acres returned to the OHV (off-highway vehicle) ledger, thanks to a new plan developed by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“This is great news,” says Nick Haris, AMA western states representative. “The groups that want to restrict off-highway riding have gone to court in the past claiming that the Peirson’s milk-vetch growing at Glamis is endangered and needs protection, but the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently ruled that the plant is being protected appropriately.”

In April, the BLM released a draft Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) for the 200,000-acre California recreation area.

The Imperial Sand Dunes area ranks as one of the most important public recreation areas nationwide, attracting more than 1.2 million visitors each year. OHV riders, through their purchases of food, fuel and lodging, contribute significantly to the local economy.

The public comment period for the RAMP ended June 23. Federal officials are now reviewing the comments, and the “Preferred Alternative” — that is, the plan that the BLM intends to follow that adds about 40,000 more acres for off-highway riding — is likely to be adopted unless the public-comment process points out a legitimate flaw in the BLM’s planning.

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