In this Issue:
Road to be Closed
While the road is on Union Pacific property, it has been used to gain access to popular camping areas for many decades. It is the ASA's position that the publics' use of Wash Road on Union Pacific property for more than 45 years establishes a public easement. We have informed UP that we are willing to take legal action as necessary.
Civil Code section 1009 prevents such easements after March 1972. However, if the ASA can document that the public enjoyed use of the road for at least five years before March 1972, where the landowner (Union Pacific) neither objected nor granted permission, we may be able to escape the restrictions of Civil Code section 1009.
Here is how you can help:
The deadline for this is April 15th.
Contact Vince Brunasso with any questions.
A Sample Narrative can be viewed here.
Our thanks to the few of you that have already mailed in an affidavit
There have been some questions regarding the use of OHV's on the Ted Kipf road, east of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA). This is an Imperial Country maintained road and thus is not legal for travel by OHV's. This road has been used for many years by OHV's without problems, however, it seems that the BLM and Imperial County are now enforcing the no OHV regulations. So to prevent the chance of receiving a traffic citation, please do not operate OHV's on this road.
The area east of the Union Pacific railroad tracks and south of high way 78 is in the Northern and Eastern Colorado planning area (NECO). As such has areas that are open to OHV travel and camping is permitted within 300 feet of any legal route of travel.
The ASA and a Desert Advisory Council member are both working to have the BLM get the legal routes of travel signed and put on a map so the visitors and the BLM LEO's will know exactly where it is legal to recreate and camp in the NECO plan area.
The ASA will keep you up to date on the issues affecting this area adjacent to the ISDRA.
"ARE YOU LEGAL?"
May 2, 2009
9299 W OLIVE AVE.
Show and Shine
Overview of the law -- AZ
Game and Fish Dept.
...will be March 20 and 21st. This meeting will include a tour of the Johnson valley recreation area. This tour will be on Friday March 20 and the general meeting will be on Saturday March 21 at the:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Of interest to the ISDRA users is the El Centro Field managers report. This report may be viewed at this location: El Centro Field managers Report
The agenda for the field tour is here: Agenda for DAC field tour
The agenda for the regular meeting is here: regular meeting agenda
The link to the DAC web site is here: DAC Web Site
BLM has requested the ASA let our members know that they should avoid using the entrance at wash 24 use the entrance at wash 25 instead. Also the entrances through the fence at washes 11, 12, 13, and 14 are a little narrow (about 15 feet) and ISDRA visitors should exercise care if using them. Finally, access to camping in washes 1-7 can be accomplished on BLM land without using the railroad access road at all.
We need Volunteers to assist in setting up the booth in advance of the show and tearing it down afterwards. In addition, we are looking for people who would like to represent the ASA to the show's public by being one of our personnel in the booth during show hours. Signing up new members, selling raffle tickets & merchandise is all very cool. But, my favorite part of helping in the booth is informing fellow duners of the PMV, Border Patrol and LEO issues facing us in the ISDRA. What's your favorite part? Interested in helping the ASA? Let's talk about it!
The CORVA Family Fun Days have graciously requested ASA's presence at this event. In the spirit of partnership between our two Orgs, the ASA trailer will be there to sell goods and sign up new members.
This is going to be a pretty neat event! If you're interested in helping out, please e-mail Mike at email@example.com
By Charla Teeters, United Desert Gateway Project Manager
On Saturday, January 17th, the United Desert Gateway (UDG) held their 12th annual Dunes Cleanup in the north and south regions of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. This event was a great success! Duners from all over California and Arizona, and from many other locations in the US and Canada, donated over 5,000 hours of their time to cleaning up the dunes. These volunteers are to be commended for their altruistic spirit.
Another group of people we would like to thank is the event sponsors. Without them the UDG would not be able to put on this premier event. This year's presenting sponsors were: Duner's Diner, RideNow Powersports, Monster Energy Drink, Quad Magazine, Sand Sport Magazine and the Bureau of Land Management.
We would also like to thank our Supercharged level sponsors: KD Cycle, Gilmore Off-Road, Take Pride In America, Sand Style, MGM Design, San Diego Off-Road Magazine, the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Mesquite Regional Landfill, Glamisnews.com, Extreme Performance, the American Sand Association, Gibson Performance Exhaust and Yuma Duners.
This year's Nitrous level sponsors were Alford Distributing, SoCo Group, the Sand Sport Super Show, De Anza Search and Rescue, Kawasaki Motors Corporation, RATV/MX Warehouse, Mendeola Transaxles, Rancho Performance Transaxles, Crazy Keven's, RBP and Sidewinder Shell.
High Octane level sponsors were The Brawley Inn, Cochise Motorsports, Dave Folts Transmissions, F&L Racing Fuel, Luv2Camp, ACRO Lights, Glamisweather.com, Imperial Valley Cycle Center, IMS Products Inc., Sand Posse Dune & Desert Apparel, Off-Roader's Outreach, OMF Performance Products, Raw Motorsports, San Diego Off-Road Coalition, Sweet Marie's, True Excitement, Trail Tech Inc., Axia Alloys, Superstition Services and Gold Cross Ambulance Services.
The UDG would
like to extend our genuine thanks to all of our event sponsors, those
companies who graciously donated products to the prize drawing and to
all of the thousands of volunteers who gave of their time to keep the
dunes clean and open for all to enjoy.
The Navy is asking for your help to spread the word to stay out of restricted areas (live bombing range) at Superstition Mountain.
Dee, Public Affairs Officer, NAF El Centro:
We enjoy the relationship
that we have and appreciate the 99% of off-roaders who respect the boundaries
of the bombing range. As always, riding season and our heavy usage coincide,
for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, we have experienced multiple incursions
into restricted areas that have caused us to cease training for safety
reasons. We are asking for help in getting the word out that although
a majority of the Superstition area is ideal for
The areas marked off limits are marked as such for safety reasons. The Military utilizes the Superstition ranges for bombing, strafing and mobile targeting training. Entry into the restricted areas hinders and often completely stops vital and limited training time for U.S. and allied military aircraft while at the same time putting the rider's safety at risk.
NAF El Centro
appreciates the support that organizations and individual riders provide.
Working together on these issues helps ensure that we can both continue
to utilize the area and preserve it for both our benefits.
Effective January 1, 2008, campfires at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area and Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area must contain only untreated wood products free from metal, petroleum products, and other toxic substances. In addition, no persons shall possess, ignite, or burn pallets of any kind including those made of wood, fiber, or plastic within these recreation areas.
At the ISDRA, the burning of pallets will get you a citation for nails in your fire pit on the basis of the rules that cover littering. ISDRA is in the process of adopting a rule similar to that of the Barstow Field office for Dumont Dunes. See below.
Dunes staff enforces the CA Firewood Rule.
the ISDRA Rules & Regulations -- Law enforcement is cracking down!
AIRCRAFT. Taking off or landing of aircraft, including ultra lights,
is prohibited within one (1) mile of Gecko Road.
aSa Giveaway Raffle Car & Trailer
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
Tickets are limited to only 7,500. Purchase your tickets now before they are all gone!
Winners Need Not be Present (additional rules apply)
For Mail Orders Send
Check or Money Order to
Sand Limo Buggy Raffle
Canyon Country, CA 91286
or call 888 540-SAND
would like to help sell tickets for our annual fundraiser please send
an email to:
operated off-highway on Public Lands in California are required to be
street-licensed or registered as an off-highway vehicle (OHV).
Off highway vehicles owned by California residents must be registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and display a valid Green Sticker or Red Sticker Vehicle Identification Tag (38020,38010 C.V.C.) in a clearly visible location on the vehicle. (38170 C.V.C.).
vehicles that do not have a valid registration or permit from the owners
home state (incl. Mexico and
Make sure to carry registration paperwork in the vehicle at all times so you can prove ownership.
sand car was in the process of being impounded by the Imperial County
Sheriffs Office (ICSO)
Please direct questions or comments to:
The aSa Board of Directors
American Sand Association
Unite, Inform, and Mobilize