Posted June 2, 2016 by Indy Quillen. Categories:
By Terry Weiner
It is a stunning fact that DPC, along with our conservation and community organization colleagues, have been meeting in person and on conference calls as members of The Alliance for Responsible Recreation since 2004.
The purpose of this group is to strategize and work with our public lands managers to better manage motorized recreation on public and private lands. We also conduct campaigns to inform the public about proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans that will impact their communities. And we assist them with participating in the public process.
This is all serious, sometimes stressful work. So once a year, we gather to celebrate accomplishments and add some festivity to the meeting by presenting the annual Erin Brokovich Award to a member of our coalition who has, during the past year, contributed significantly toward our goals of protecting our California public lands. Huge green Hulk hands are just a part of the award presentation.
Our goal is to continue our work until every member of our coalition has a turn at receiving the award. I was the second recipient of the award in 2010 for my work chairing the monthly ARR meetings and for organizing desert tours with the CA BLM Desert District manager and her staff.
We met on Sunday May 29th to discuss the 2017 ‘sunset’ of the California Off Highway Vehicle Program, and bestow the 2015 Erin Brokovich Award upon Pat Flanagan, of Twentynine Palms, CA for her extraordinary research, writing and eloquent public testimony related to several potentially destructive renewable energy projects in the Morongo Basin. She was also actively involved in the public process for the BLM’s West Mojave Plan (WEMO). She discovered some community ordinances that clash with BLM’s plan to continue having route segments for off-road vehicle travel in rural desert residential communities.
The meeting was held on the expansive front porch at the beautiful desert home of the president of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association (MBCA) in Pioneertown, north of Yucca Valley, CA. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, had a productive and fun meeting, and celebrated our new award winner, as well as our work to protect the desert and the quality of life of our rural communities.