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Offroaders win small victory over Center for Biological Diversity in Glamis

Sunset Sand Rail at ISDRA
Sunset Sand Rail at ISDRA
Photo by Matt Finley

The US District Court for Northern District of California ruled in favor of the American Sand Association (ASA) and other offroad groups in their combined effort with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen areas of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA), affectionately known as Glamis to hundreds of thousands of sand addicts in the Southern California and surrounding areas.

Here is a link to the full text of the court decision.

This is a small but very significant victory for offroaders. It sets the stage to move forward with the 2013 plan, which would allow for the resumption of access to areas previously placed off-limits to riders through “interim” closures imposed more than a decade ago. Some of these closures are reported to be backed with fake science.

For years the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sierra Club and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has created multiple lawsuits in an effort to close public land to the public. In March 2000 filed a lawsuit against the BLM claiming that the BLM failed to initiate and complete consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as required by section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

The ESA is a very broadly defined federal law enacted in 1973. Due to its vague nature, the ESA is ripe for abuse by special interest groups like the CBD, Sierra Club, and PEER, and they get reimbursed for court costs by tax money from the very people they’re trying to force off of public land.

The following offroad groups and associations helped back the BLM in their court battle: American Sand Association, San Diego Off-Road Coalition, Off-Road Business Association, American Motorcyclist Association District 37, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, BlueRibbon Coalition, Desert Vipers, California Off-Road Vehicle Association, and High Desert Multiple Use Coalition.

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