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In addition to the ongoing lawsuit seeking to end open riding at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition on June 9th seeking the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard be listed as an endangered species. They claim that habitat loss, off-road vehicles and global warming are pushing the species towards extinction.

The petition specifically lists areas such as OWSVRA, Superstition Mountain Open Area, Plaster City Open Area and the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) as habitat areas that have had cumulative impacts due to off-road vehicle use. Furthermore, illegal ORV (Off Road Vehicle) use has been closely monitored. The petition contains several pictures of illegal route proliferation and requests ORV use be prohibited within some or all of the Management Areas. Some of the pictures that were included in the petition have been included below.

Read more: OHV recreation under attack

Last month the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed an appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the management of the Dunes on three primary grounds:

  • The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by issuing and relying upon a flawed biological opinion for the threatened Peirson's Milk-vetch, a plant that occurs nowhere else in the US other than the Dunes.
  • BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to address the wilderness qualities of the lands to be opened to ORVs.
  • BLM violated the Clean Air Act and other laws by vastly underestimating the air pollution impacts from its management-primarily dust kicked up by ORVs tires. The Dunes are in an area declared in serious non-attainment for particulate pollution already, and BLM's management of the Dunes contributes significantly to this problem. The District Court upheld defendants' actions on each of these claims. The Court ruled in Plaintiffs' favor on claim related to FWS's failure to issue a recovery plan for the Peirson's Milk-vetch.

The court calendar states that we have until September 8, 2014 to file our answering brief. In the meantime, the CBD is considering a motion for an injunction pending the appeal or a motion to expedite this appeal because of the impending ORV season.

The aSa is working on this issue through our attorney and our EcoLogic Partners. In the meantime, the old closure stakes are still being removed and the new stakes for the Critical Habitat area are being installed.

Stakes removed from the closure area.

For more photos and a full report, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanSandAssociation

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