Enthusiasts and fans of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) have reason to rejoice. Recently, three pieces of congressional legislation have been introduced that will benefit recreational access on U.S. land if enacted into law. The following excerpts describe efforts currently being supported by the SEMA Action Network (SAN):

Saving Johnson Valley’s OHV Recreation Area:
The SAN has endorsed legislation (H.R. 1676) by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) that would end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, California. Under the compromise, the Marines would have access to the adjoining Johnson Valley Off-Highway (OHV) Recreation Area for up to 42 days a year for training exercises. However, the land would be designated a “national” OHV recreation area under the continued management of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Preventing Road Closures to Motorized Recreation:
SAN-supported legislation (H.R. 1459) has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to require the president to complete an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before designating more than 5,000 acres as a national monument. The bill would ensure public involvement in the process and discussion of multiple factors, including economic impact.

Reopening Cape Hatteras National Seashore to OHVs:
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have introduced SAN-supported legislation (H.R. 819; S. 486) to reopen Cape Hatteras National Seashore to OHV recreation. Spearheaded by North Carolina lawmakers, the legislation would reverse a 2012 management plan issued by the National Park Service that banned OHV access to large portions of the seashore with a goal of protecting nesting sea turtles and birds.
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