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Ocotillo Wells SVRA General Plan and EIR - Important General Info

The sun setting on Ocotillo Wells SVRA
The sun setting on Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Matt Finley

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is undergoing what could be significant changes. These changes come under the guise of a "Park-wide Planning Framework” and “Area-Specific Planning Alternatives” that are being considered as part of the Ocotillo Wells SVRA General Plan update process.

In December 2013 the California State Parks released Working Paper #4 of their Draft Planning Alternatives. This is the last draft before they decide how to manage Ocotillo Wells from here on out.

This plan basically dices Ocotillo Wells SVRA up into nearly a dozen different sections, based loosely on specific geographical features of the area, and is asking for the public to decide how much (or how little!!) we want to have the state change it to be more "Developed".

And by "Developed" they mean, and I quote, "Concentrated OHV recreation within Concentrated OHV Areas are permitted." In other words, they'll be limiting even more where you can ride.

From the above linked-to paper #4, even the least-changed issue involves closing even more areas of the park:

Within Ocotillo Wells SVRA, any area where distributed OHV recreation is allowed is subject to park management policies, vehicle standards, and resource protection measures. This may include permanent and/or temporary closures for management purposes including restoration, conservation, and/or protection.

If you're a visitor to the Ocotillo Wells area (or any other OHV area) I encourage you to check out the plan and let them know how you feel.