In this Issue:
Duners, Dollars, and the Disappearing Dumpster.
The collection of trash from the dumpsters is paid for out of money collected through recreation fees. The 2007/2008 season brought rising fuel costs and dwindling fee revenues. These two factors combined to price this service out of range. As a result, beginning
February 1, 2009, trash service will no longer be available.
ASA support the BLM plan to remove the ISDRA dumpsters?
When dumpsters are unavailable (or full) as you leave the area, please do the right thing and
Please Pack Your Trash Home.
Trash left on the ground is not only a citable offense,* but a significant eyesore and health & safety issue.
*CA Penal Code 374.4 or 43 CFR 8365.1-1(b) 1-6; punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months.
The aSa has learned that due to the recent down turn in the economy the Union Pacific railroad will cut back on their double track project adjacent to the dunes. They will double track as far as the Cactus Siding this year, which is closer to Olgiby along the RR tracks (at approximatley Wash 40). The long term plan of the Railroad is to begin construction of the section from Cactus to Niland in 2010. The Railroad plans to ultimately double track the entire length along the dunes and replace all of the culverts, including Wash 10. The new Wash 10 culvert will NOT accommodate vehicles.
The Railroad plans to start a fence project this week or next. It will be from about Wash 29 to Wash 1 near the BLM kiosk. It will be open at each wash in increments of 10 feet (i.e. 30 or 40 feet). The Railroad believes the train wreck a year ago was caused by sand. The fence is intended to minimize this concern.
The Railroad will continue to allow the BLM and the public to access the dunes via the Wash Road which is within their right of way. However, that could change as the Railroad management may elect to withdraw this privilege at anytime. Remember when you are driving or riding on Wash Road you are on Railroad property!
The only place to cross the railroad tracks will be at Highway 78. All other railroad crossings will be removed or chained off. This includes the crossing at Wash 38 and Wash 23.
Please respect the Railroad's property. Be cautious of changing conditions along Wash Road during construction and in the future.
A note of caution--- The local Union Pacific manager understands the value of the Wash Road to the ISDRA visitors. However the Omaha management will make the call on the Wash Rd. Factors such as dust abatement and liability issues resulting from irresponsible speed, crossing the tracks with OHVs, etc will be important factors in their assessment. It would probably be wise to limit the contacts to Union Pacific to the BLM. BLM understands the value of the wash road and has been successful in maintaining duner access so far.
Ted Kipf Road to Bordmanville
According to the ICSO, Ted Kipf Road in the ISDRA, as Wheeler and Pane Roads in the Superstitions, is a county maintained/improved road by the Public Works Department of Imperial County. This means that Off Road traffic is permitted to be on the road only when crossing at a 90-degree angle and is not permitted to drive down this road. Any vehicle that is not street-legal navigating this road is subject to a citation from a Deputy/Officer/Ranger.
you know the speed limit on Gecko Road?
In An Emergency
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Do not burn pallets or wood with nails!
Dunes staff enforces the CA Firewood Rule.
AZ OHV Law as of 1/1/09
Attached is a news release from the AZ G&F Dept re the new AZ OHV Law and decal. There are a few unanswered questions remaining. The AZ Motor Vehicle Division is responsible for setting the price before 1/1/09. As more information becomes available aSa will inform its members accordingly. Please contact Jim Harken AZGFD, Public Information Officer 623 236 7223 to learn more.
|Arizona Game and Fish Department|
For immediate release, Nov. 10, 2008
Learn more about new OHV laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2009
The Arizona Game
and Fish Department has a new Web page designed to inform off-highway
vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts about new laws that will affect OHV
use starting Jan. 1, 2009.
The new laws were passed thanks in large part to a joint effort between Arizona sportsmen, conservation groups, off-highway vehicle (OHV) user groups, elected officials, and other members of the public. The goal of the new regulations is to provide better OHV management and protection of natural resources while maintaining access. For more information go to: www.azgfd.gov/ohv
|The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD’s programs or activities, including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Deputy Director as listed above.|
end press release
The following information has been provided by BLM El Centro Field Office Chief Ranger. The Imperial County Sheriff's office and the CA State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division will follow the same procedure.
AZ OHV OWNERS!
Until 1/1/09, to be legal in California, you must have a California Non-Resident Sticker, Arizona MC, or RV plate. Neither the California nor Arizona OHV registration allows you to ride on highways in California. It allows you to ride off-highway. If you have a VIN or other unique identification number affixed to the OHV, and it matches your registration you are in compliance with the law. Remember:
1) a VIN / identification number must match your registration; and
2) you must have a California Non-Resident Sticker, Arizona MC, or RV plate attached on the left side, facing the rear, of your OHV.
3) Once the Arizona OHV program is fully implemented, you will also be required to comply with the Arizona OHV laws. California will honor your Arizona registration and OHV decal as long as it is properly displayed.
California residents must have a VIN / identification number affixed to the vehicle. The VIN / identification number must match your registration, and you must have an OHV green or red sticker.
Vehicles can be impounded if they do not meet these requirements.
the ISDRA Rules & Regulations -- Law enforcement is cracking down!
ISDRA RULES AND REGULATIONS
Rules are designed to promote public safety in the Imperial Sand Dunes and have been in effect since 1983. It is your responsibility to know the law. These rules apply to public lands within the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
RECREATION PERMIT. A permit is required for all primary vehicles; a primary vehicle is a street legal vehicle used for transportation to the recreation site. Permits must be purchased on or before arrival and visibly displayed in the windshield of the primary vehicle with the date side facing out.
SAFETY FLAGS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES IN THE IMPERIAL SAND DUNES RECREATION AREA (This includes two-wheeled motorcycles.) All vehicles shall be equipped with a whip mast and a 6x12-inch red/orange flag. Flags may be of pennant, triangle, square, or rectangular shape. Masts must be securely mounted on the vehicle and extend eight feet from the ground to the mast tip. Safety flags must be attached within 10 inches of the tip of the whip mast with club or other flags mounted below safety flag, or on another whip.
A 15 MPH SPEED RULE EXISTS ON THE SAND HIGHWAYS. No person shall operate an OHV in excess of 15 mph on public lands within 500 feet of Highway 78, Grays Well Road, Gecko Road and access roads within the Gecko and Roadrunner recreation sites.
NO SAVING SPACES. Reserving of camping spaces is prohibited; sites are allocated on a first come/first serve basis.
FIRES. The burning of potentially hazardous materials e.g.(but not limited to) gas, oil, plastic and magnesium is prohibited.
NO GLASS BEVERAGE CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED. Possession or use of any glass, cup or bottle, empty or not, used for carrying any liquid for drinking purposes is prohibited. Persons may pick up glass beverage containers discarded by others to remove for deposit in approved trash receptacles.
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED WHILE RIDING ON BLM LANDS. No person shall drink an alcoholic beverage, have in their possession or on their person any open container that contains an alcoholic beverage while operating in or on a motor vehicle or OHV on public lands administered by BLM within California.
USE OF AUDIO DEVICES. No person shall operate or use any audio, such as a radio, television, musical instrument, or other noise producing device or motorized equipment between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in a manner that makes unreasonable noise that disturbs other visitors; or operate or use a public address system without written authorization from BLM.
PUBLIC NUDITY. Public nudity is prohibited in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
UNAUTHORIZED ORGANIZED EVENT. No person shall participate in or sponsor an unauthorized organized event (Example bands, videos, movies etc. ).
RIDING IN PICKUP BEDS AND OTHER UNSAFE ACTIVITIES. No person shall ride in the bed of a pickup truck or any part of a motor vehicle not designed for passengers on or off road.
AIRCRAFT. Taking off or landing of aircraft, including ultralights, is prohibited within one (1) mile of Gecko Road.
DUMPING. Dumping of sewage (black) and/or gray water is prohibited.
CAMPING LIMITATIONS. A 14 day camping limit is in effect in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
PARKING RESTRICTIONS. No parking or camping within 10 feet of pavement on Gecko Road.
SHOOTING. Shooting is prohibited within 1/2 mile of formal campgrounds and should be conducted well away from other concentrations of people and property.
LEASH LAW. Animals must be kept on a leash not longer than six feet and secured to a fixed object or under the control of a person, or otherwise physically restricted at all times.
Giveaway Raffle Car & Trailer
This year, the aSa Giveaway buggy is a custom built Sand Limo. This is the SECOND car that SAND LIMO has built for the aSa Giveaway Raffle. H & H Trailer Company of Kingman, AZ donated a flat bed trailer that goes with the Sand Limo. This all aluminum trailer includes a built in winch and a hydraulic tilting cylinder. This will make your raffle tickets even more valuable. If you already bought tickets, you are eligible to win this outstanding package. Tickets are $20 each and the winner will be drawn at the 2009 Sand Sports Super Show, September 20, 2009. You do NOT have to be present to win.
The actual trailer will be 20' long & 102 wide floor and drive over fenders.
Support the aSa and keep your dunes open - Purchase your Sand Limo Raffle Car Tickets Now
more you buy, the more you save, the better your odds of winning
Buy 1 for $20, 3 for $50, 6 for $100, 12 for $200 or 24 for $400
Tickets are limited to only 7,500. Purchase your tickets now before they are all gone!
or call 888 540-SAND
would like to help sell tickets for our annual fundraiser please send
an email to:
The aSa Volunteer Coordinator
On numerous occasions posts on the aSa bulletin board indicate that many ISDRA visitors do not understand the disposition of the revenue collected as a result of citation fines. I'm sure you have heard many reasons why tickets are written. Some say that the the funds go to pay for the LEO's wages. The following is the response to questions that were posed to the BLM, ICSO and CA State Parks law enforcement leadership:
Is there a difference between tickets written by BLM, ICSO and the State Parks?
Is the fine the same for the same violation?
It depends on what type of citation is issued. County ordinances, state law, and federal law have different bail schedules. There are a variety of federal, state and county laws and ordinances that an officer can choose from when issuing a citation.
Do I have to appear in court for a federal, county or state citation?
On a federal citation you have to go to court only if you want to contest the citation or if the mandatory appearance box was checked by the federal officer. You do not have to go to court for county ordinance citations. Most California Vehicle Code infractions do not require a mandatory court appearance. State Park regulations may be charged as either an infraction or a misdemeanor, but are rarely mandatory appearance.
Where does the money I pay go?
Funds collected from the payment of petty offense cases are deposited into the Crime Victims Fund. The Crime Victims Fund was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 and is a major funding source for victim services throughout the country. For more information about the Crime Victims Fund and how the funds are disbursed, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/. The $25 processing fee is used to offset court costs.
California Vehicle Code (CVC) requires that fines and forfeitures for OHV violations (CVC Division 16.5) be used by the county for OHV enforcement (CVC 42204).
To Imperial County (ex: OHVEST, IC Arson & Bomb).
Can BLM Rangers write citations on a county ordinance?
Yes, if the County Sheriff has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with BLM giving BLM officers authority to issue citations for state and local violations.
Can BLM Rangers write citations on fireworks?
Can BLM Rangers write citations on ISDRA permit compliance?
Can BLM Rangers write citations on other violations?
How does a federal citation differ from a county ordinance citation for failure to have an ISDRA permit?
A federal citation is for a federal offense.
County ordinance citations are for violations of county ordinances, enacted by the county.
Citations may also be issued under state law (Penal Code 537).
If I fail to pay the citation is my vehicle registration affected?
Yes. The penalty for nonpayment must be paid before you may renew your registration. A warrant may also be issued for your arrest (county, state or federal).
sure you know what wrist restraints are but, do you have them, and
if so, do you use them?
Recently, one of our members rolled his car in the dunes while making a slow (20 MPH) right hand turn. The person following saw the driver's arms swing over his head as the car rolled on to the left side then come to rest on its roof.
The driver's left arm was trapped under the roll cage and his injuries included a compound fracture of both the ulna and radius bones along with broken bones in his hand.
He came extremely close to losing his hand. However due to some very intricate surgical work, the surgeon was able to "lasso" the bones together to keep them from splintering and eventually installed metal plates, pins and screws. The surgeon said that it would take at least 8 months to heal and if it didn't heal, the only other alternative is to remove his hand and part of his forearm.
The bottom line is this, buy wrist restraints and use them every time you drive your sand car.
ADSB - Andrews Dune Scarab Beetle
AMA - Adaptive Management Area
ARA = Arizona Public Records Act
ASMAP - Peirson's Milk Vetch (technical)
BLM - Bureau of Land Management
BLM ECFO - BLM El Centro Field Office
BO - Biological Opinion
BOD - Board of Directors
CA PRA = California Public Records Act
CBD - Center for Biological Diversity
CCC - California Coastal Commission
CDCA - California Desert Conservation Area
CDPA - California Desert Protection Act
CEQA = California Environmental Quality Act
CNPS - California Native Plant Society
CORVA - California Off Road Vehicle Association
CVC - California Vehicle Code
DOJ - Department of Justice
DOI - Department of the Interior
EIR - Environmental Impact Report
EIS - Environmental Impact Study
ECFO - BLM El Centro Field Office
ESA - Endangered Species Act
FLPMA - Federal Land Policy & Management Act
FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
FoOD - Friends of Oceano Dunes (Pismo)
FoDD - Friends of Dumont Dunes
ICBoS - Imperial County Board of Supervisors
SDCSO - San Diego County Sheriff's Office
FTHL - Flat Tail Horned Lizard
FWS - See USFWS
GOL - GlamisOnLine.org
IC - Incident Command
ICSO - Imperial County Sheriff Office
ISDRA - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
MA - Management Area
NECO - North Eastern Colorado Desert Plan
NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act
NEQA = National Environmental Quality Act
ODSVRA - Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area
OHMVR - Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation
OHV - Off Highway Vehicle
OHVEST - Off Highway Vehicle Enforcement Safety Team
ORBA - Off Road Business Association
ORV = Off Road Vehicle
PA - Planning Area
PH SO - Sand food
PMV - Peirson's Milk Vetch
RAMP - Recreation Area Management Plan
ROD - Record of Decision
SDORC - San Diego Off-Road Coalition
SSSS - Sand Sports Super Show
SVRA - State Vehicle Recreation Area
TRT - Technical Review Team
UA - Unlawful Assembly
UDG - United Desert Gateway Communities (local to ISDRA)
USFWS - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WECO - Western Colorado Desert Plan
WSA - Wilderness Study Area
Please direct questions or comments to:
American Sand Association
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