The United States Marine Corps will hold a series of open meetings to discuss the potential military takeover of Southern California land currently used for off-road enthusiasts.
At stake are roughly 189,000 acres that make up the popular Johnson Valley OHV Area in the high desert east of Los Angeles . It is part of 366,000 acres the Department of the Navy has proposed acquiring in order to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
The issue has polarized the off-road industry, pitting enthusiasts and off-road business associations against Marine Corps supporters. Dealers are caught in the middle, forced to reckon their long-standing support for the military with a potential drop in sales they could face should the OHV lands be turned over for military use.
- The open meetings will be held at the following locations:
- Dec. 4 - Hilton Garden Inn on Mariposa Road in Victorville, Calif.; 5 to 9 p.m.
- Dec. 5 – Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif.; 5 to 9 p.m.
An initial meeting was held Dec. 3 in Twentynine Palms. Written comments also may be e-mailed to the Marine Corps Land Acquisition Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org