What's New in the aSa
August, 2010

Draft Imperial Sand Dune Recreation Management Plan (DRAMP) COULD CHANGE DUNING Forever.

As currently Proposed by the BLM, there will be:




ACT NOW the deadline is Aug 9, 2010

Please go to INFO MEETING Documents to learn more. ASA has prepared comments for your consideration. Review the ASA suggested comments and send your personal comments to Erin Dreyfuss or by US mail to the BLM attention Erin Dreyfuss at 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243.

Final ASA Comments can be viewed here

ASA DRAMP Comment cover letter can be viewed here


ASA Gearing up for 10 Year Anniversary & Awards Reception
Ten years ago, who would’ve thought that GlamisOnLine.org, created by three avid duners to inform and clarify important dune related issues to the users, would turn into today’s – over 35,000 member strong - American Sand Association? 

It’s hard to imagine the ASA has been fighting for your right to recreate on public lands for a decade. The ASA will be commemorating this momentous occasion at this year’s Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa on September 18th. 

Many people will be on hand to congratulate the ASA.  One of which is Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey flying out from Washington, DC.  Director Abbey is scheduled to give the key note address and present the prestigious Jerry R. Seaver award to an outstanding individual who exemplifies what the ASA is all about – volunteerism

Buy Your Ticket for the 2010 Sand Sports Super Show Online and Help the ASA
If you are planning to attend this year’s Sand Sports Super Show (September 17-19) in Costa Mesa CA you can purchase your ticket here http://sandsportssupershow.com/expo/tickets/tickets.asp  and $2 per ticket will be donated to the ASA

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INTERIM rules for the California Desert District (CDD) NOW in Effect
The ASA has been working with the BLM California Desert District Advisory Council (DAC), CDD District Office and the various BLM field offices to generate consistent rules for recreation areas in the California Desert. There has been a prohibition on the burning of firewood containing metal (like pallets) at Dumont Dunes and other desert recreation areas but not at the ISDRA. This revised set of supplementary rules will make the prohibition on possession or the burning of firewood containing any metal, including pallets consistent across the CDD and will be in force at the ISDRA starting with the 2010-2011 dune season.

The supplementary rules contain several rules that were already in place at the ISDRA, such as no glass beverage containers and no public nudity. These rules are now consistent across all the CDD recreation areas and are NOW IN EFFECT. Click here to view: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/cdd_supplementary.html


Summary of ISDRA Desert Advisory Sub-Council Sub Group Meeting
The meeting of the ISDRA DSG was held at the El Centro BLM office on 7-23-2010.

The group heard reports from representatives from the Mesquite Regional landfill, All American canal lining project and the Drop two storage reservoir.

The canal project is essentially complete with only some environmental monitoring to be carried out.
The landfill is currently in the construction phase for the railroad spur and that should be completed in about 18 months with an expected start up of accepting trash via rail in 2012. In the meantime trash will be transported to the landfill via truck. Varying amounts of truck traffic will be observed on highway 86 and 78 until such time as the rail access is completed.

A detailed explanation of the purpose, construction and progress on the project for the Drop Two reservoir was presented by Mike Vandevelde from the Bureau of Reclamation.
A review of the ISDRA fee collection and proposed FY2011 budget was discussed. A special meeting will be  scheduled for DSG members to work with the BLM on the proposed 2011 budget.
The BLM reviewed the revised supplemental rules that will be in force for the next season and the reasons for these additional rules.

BLM management presented a recap of the visitation, medical and law enforcement statistics for last season.
A copy of the full minutes from the meeting will be available on the BLM DSG web site in the near future.

The next DSG meeting will be October 22, 2010 at the El Centro field office.


Classes offered monthly at Glamis, Gordon’s Well, and Superstition Mountain

Visit http://www.americandesertfoundation.com/atvtraining.html for dates and details.

Make sure you’re utilizing your Facebook account as another tool in receiving all the latest information about the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.  Join the American Sand Association Facebook group today at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=82231739000&ref=ts

The ASA is proud to announce a partnership agreement with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.  All new and renewing supporting members will automatically receive a $25.00 gift card to Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.  Basically, your membership pays for itself.  Support the ASA’s mission to Unite, Inform and Mobilize while shopping for your favorite gear.  All you have to do is become a supporting ASA member or renew your current membership and we’ll mail you your free gift card so you can start shopping right away.  You’ll also be able to take advantage of all of the other discounts offered by our premium sponsors.  Don’t throw your money away, take advantage of this opportunity today!
New members please visit: http://www.asasand.com/product.php?productid=16136&cat=250&page=1
Renewing members visit: http://www.asasand.com/product.php?productid=16174&cat=250&page=1

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ASA Board of Director Meeting Minutes Available On-Line
The ASA BOD would like all our members to be able to track the action of your BOD therefore we have generated a place in the ASA on-line document library where the approved BOD meeting minutes can be found.

The meeting minutes will be found in the document library accessible from the "About ASA" drop down menu on the ASA Home page. They can also be accessed directly from the link below.
ASA BOD Meeting Minutes

Display the ASA Raffle Car at Your Next Event
Do you have an off road shop or an upcoming off road or other motorsports related event in the San Diego or Temecula area? Do you want to help the American Sand Association? You can do that by inviting us to display our Raffle Car at your event or business. The raffle car represents the ASA’s primary source of revenue to carry out its mission. If you would like to help support the ASA by displaying our Raffle Car please contact Chuck Hattaway at 619-890-9093. No event is too big or too small.

ASA Giveaway Car

Are you an “ASA Supporting Member?”  

Sign up today and get $5.00 discount on your REACH membership.  

Click Here http://www.reachairambulance.com/membership/faqs.html to learn more.

 Click Here http://www.americansandassociation.org/product.php?productid=16136&cat=250&page=1

to sign up for an “ASA Supporting Membership”

The American Sand Association
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Please direct questions or comments to:

The aSa Board of Directors