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Wednesday, Jan 15 2014 12:37 PM

'First Look': Columnist Lois Henry talks about off-road access

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    Californian columnist Lois Henry discusses recent news with "First Look with Scott Cox" host Scott Cox.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Many signs in the Jawbone Canyon off highway vehicle area include this one that says end of open area for land users.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Ed Waldheim wears a Friends of Jawbone hat while taking a tour of the off highway vehicle area Thursday.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Workers repair trails in the Jawbone Canyon area on the side of this steep hill.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    An scenic shot of the Jawbone Canyon OHV area.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Off-roading is the activity or sport of driving a motor vehicle over rough terrain.

Many people in Kern County enjoy riding the unlimited trails in the Jawbone Canyon/Dove Springs area, but that could change if the state decides to purchase 20,000 acres of off-road land.

Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Californian columnist Lois Henry talked about her latest findings about off-roading concerns.

Most of the land along the west side of Highway 14 about 20 miles north of Highway 58 is owned by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, Henry said.

"Off-roaders' concern is what the state might do when it manages that area," she said.

Currently, off-roaders can ride up a number of hills that the state sees as "unsustainable." But that access is on the line if the state takes over.

Henry said members of the Friends of Jawbone, a private, non-profit organization that has managed the trails in Jawbone, told her they didn't want the land to become an SVRA area.

An SVRA area is a state vehicle recreation area, Henry said.

 

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