Keeping the Roads Open at the ISDRA

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Keeping the Roads Open at the ISDRA

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"Keeping the roads open!" (News.bytes Extra)
Sand dunes like those in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area offer a unique off-highway recreation opportunity -- and a steady supply of sand blown across access roads. The BLM El Centro Field Office’s "Force Account" maintenance crew tackles the constant challenge of keeping these roads clear of sand and debris and open to the public. Popular recreation areas -- like the Imperial Sand Dunes -- require the attention of these unsung workers who tirelessly scrape sand and maintain access.
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Sand dunes like those in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area offer a unique off-highway recreation opportunity – and a steady supply blown across access roads. The BLM El Centro Field Office’s "Force Account" maintenance crew tackles the constant challenge of keeping these roads clear of sand and debris and open to the public. Popular recreation areas -- like the Imperial Sand Dunes -- require the attention of these unsung workers who tirelessly scrape sand and maintain access. (text continues below)

Constant maintenance along ISDRA's Wash Road keeps popular camping areas accessible.

Moving sand on the dunes’ Wash Road is a never-ending endeavor; the shoulders are regularly worked to keep the sand from encroaching the road. “Without this constant maintenance, the road would disappear,” says Force Account Supervisor Steve Geyman.

El Centro Field Manager Margaret L. Goodro agrees. “This road provides access to popular camping areas that would be unreachable without all this work," she says. "It takes a constant effort to keep these areas accessible to the public, and our crew is doing a great job.”

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Be nice if they would take care of Ogilby's access road
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gelwell wrote:Be nice if they would take care of Ogilby's access road
Most of that road is on private property... At least that is the reason the BLM gives for not maintaining it.
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gelwell wrote:Be nice if they would take care of Ogilby's access road
Most of that road is on private property... At least that is the reason the BLM gives for not maintaining it.
Then why are they enforcing dune access permits? Shouldn't the BLM be maintaining the road for its users and help the property owner (the railroad)?
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gelwell wrote:
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gelwell wrote:Be nice if they would take care of Ogilby's access road
Most of that road is on private property... At least that is the reason the BLM gives for not maintaining it.
Then why are they enforcing dune access permits? Shouldn't the BLM be maintaining the road for its users and help the property owner (the railroad)?
As I recall the property that is private is the road toward the tower, not all the way to it, and the property surrounding the tower. I'm not sure how far around the tower is private property. The reason the BLM "can" charge for the permit is for USE. Remember that the fee is for a Special Use Permit for your Primary Vehicle to be "used" at the ISDRA. The fee is not to enter, access, camp, or park at the ISDRA. BTW -That's the BLM's stance, not mine. :wink:

Now, if you could park your Primary Vehicle on private property, like at the tower or GBS up North, without crossing BLM lands (therefore Using them) and drove/rode your green stickered OHV from the private property onto the ISDRA then you wouldn't need a permit. No Primary Vehicle on the ISDRA, no permit.
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Ah OK that makes sense Lobuck. Still doesnt mean the BLM couldn't help maintain the road for the property owner.
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I am happy they are working on this!
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The BLM could build an acess road around the private property at Ogilby Tower.....


I think us Ogilby Tower users should get together with a couple of tractors & dump trails one summer weekend and fix the bad section ourselves....just wish I had a tractor as I have the time...
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azsandrider wrote:The BLM could build an acess road around the private property at Ogilby Tower.....


I think us Ogilby Tower users should get together with a couple of tractors & dump trails one summer weekend and fix the bad section ourselves....just wish I had a tractor as I have the time...
We Ogilbeetions have always been on our own. But with a bobcat and a dump truck we could probably fixed the existing road fairly easily and with minimal expense. The problem is getting the permission to do it.
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