January 22, 2013

Members of the Alliance for Responsible Recreation met with the new California State Parks Director, Major General Anthony Jackson, to discuss the impact of illegal off-roading on public and private lands. From left to right: Phil Klasky, Mark Jorgensen, Directory Jackson, Mesonika Piecuch, and Karen Schambach.

April 2, 2012

ORV WATCH Heroes of the week:

Section "C" Chief John Hachey and PCT/USFS volunteer Frank Trujillo visited Kern County Section "E" to give PCT signs much needed repairs.   Thanks for your efforts, gentlemen!





October 21, 2011

Dear Friends of Wild Places,

It is my great pleasure to share the following note from the Pew Environment Group with you. The ruling means that the Roadless Area Conservation Rule applies in every state but Idaho!

Today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision after more than 18 months of deliberation and unanimously reversed the lower district court's decision and remanded the case for the lower district court to vacate the permanent injunction against the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule click here to see the court filing.

Therefore, the 2001 Roadless Rule is in effect nationwide except in Idaho, where the U.S Forest Service did a separate rulemaking that was completed in 2008. Thus, the U.S. Forest Service may not undertake activities that violate the Roadless Rule on more than 49 million out of the 58.5 million total acres of inventoried roadless areas - making the rule once again the law of the land.

The 10th Circuit Court's unanimous decision found that the roadless rule did not violate NEPA, the Wilderness Act, the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act and the National Forest Management Act - a victory on all counts! The 2001 rule has now been upheld legally in both the 9th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals thus removing the cloud of legal uncertainty surrounding the rule for a decade.

This decision is amongst the most significant conservation victories in several decades. It reinforces the roadless rule and its protections for our national forests and will ensure they will stand tall for generations to come.

A big special thanks to all the attorneys on the case from Earthjustice - great job by all - Congratulations. And thanks to everyone for all the fantastic work and support on this. This is a great victory for all! Keep up the good fight - but now it is time to celebrate!

Ryan Henson
Senior Conservation Director
California Wilderness Coalition


For Immediate Release

July 28, 2011

Second District Illegal Off-Roading Signs Vandalized;
Scrivner and Residents Respond

In early October of 2010, 13 signs appeared throughout Kern County's Second Supervisorial District warning illegal OHV riders against operating their vehicles in critically sensitive locations, and directing them to legal riding areas.

Several of the County-produced signs were vandalized soon after placement and residents in various areas have sought County help in fighting back against that vandalism.


The signs were a signature achievement for many rural residents living under the tyranny of off-road harassment. They were designed and placed under the leadership of Mary Beth Garrison, then field representative with former Supervisor Don Maben�s office. The signs, under the full authority of the County of Kern, were strategically placed near environmentally sensitive areas, including public lands off-limit to mechanized travel, sites featuring vulnerable archaeological and historical treasures, and land where fragile ecological systems would be destroyed by off-road abuse. Each sign bore both a proscription regarding the off-limits character of the area, as well as clear directions to alternate authorized areas.

While the damaged signs (one of which was repeatedly vandalized) were replaced, current budgetary woes and personnel reductions have combined to make routine replacement unworkable. Nevertheless, at the request of current Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner, the Kern County Roads Department (KCRD) is working with residents throughout the Second District on a plan to maintain and, in some cases, re-site signs which are less vulnerable to vandalism.

Wednesday morning two KCRD workers traveled from Bakersfield to the Rosamond/Tehachapi Mountains area, often the site of off-road vandalism and abuse, to examine one of the signs. Pictured in the photograph which can be linked to below are: (L) KCRD engineer Salvador Gomez, Rosamond resident Frank Gerwat, and permit engineer Tim Douhan.

ORV Watch Kern County applauds Mr. Gomez, Mr. Douhan and the entire KCRD staff for its hard work and dedication. We also applaud Supervisor Scrivner for his continuing helpfulness and his willingness to carefully assess issues in his district, always with a view toward unearthing creative, cost-effective solutions.

Contact:  Mesonika Piecuch  (661) 878-7838



KUDOs and many THANKS to:

  •   Kern County's Sheriff's Office
  •   California State Parks
  •   U.S. Forest Service
  •   Bureau of Land Management
  •   California OHMVR Division

  ORV Watch Video - Tribute to Law Enforcement
        (December 4, 2010)

BUSTED: December 2010

Law enforcement teams cited dirt bikers illegally riding on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Kern County mountain area and ticketed vandals on dirt bikes caught in the act of tagging in the vicinity.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2010

Law enforcement made contact with dozens of off-roaders and citations were handed out to rogue dirt bikers riding on the Pacific Crest trail in the southern Kern County mountains.  
Impressive teamwork!

2010 Easter Holiday Weekend OHV Joint Operation

During the Easter Holiday weekend personnel from the Kern County Sheriff's Office, California State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management conducted a joint operation targeting illegal OHV activity on the Pacific Crest Trail and on private property in and around the Tehachapi Mountains. During the three day operation a group of three OHV riders attempted to evade law enforcement while riding on the Pacific Crest Trail. The Kern County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit assisted personnel in locating these riders. Ryan Errico from Lancaster, California, 24 years old, Hugh Brown from Riverside, California, 39 years old, and Ryan Raymond from Chino Hills, California, 34 years old, were arrested and booked into the Mojave Jail for obstruction of justice. Also during the operation personnel made 76 educational contacts, 3 camp checks, 3 traffic stops, and issued 10 citations.


Easter Holiday Weekend OHV Joint Operation April 7, 2010 - Tow truck with confiscated dirt bikes

Task Force has the three dirtbikes impounded for attempting to
evade law enforcement while riding on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Easter Holiday Weekend OHV Joint Operation April 7, 2010 - Helicopter used to track illegal dirtbike riders

Task Force had the support of the Kern County Sheriff's Office
Air Support Unit in locating the three riders.

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