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By Matt Cuddy

FOJ ENews --- Jannuary 26, 2011


Friends of Jawbone to Host Public Meeting

Friends of Jawbone will host a public meeting for area State OHV grant applicants to share their projects and consult with the public.  The agenda will be dedicated to discussing the proposed projects and grant applications of agencies and organizations involved in managing OHV recreation in the area.  The public is invited to attend and share their concerns and suggestions on Wednesday, February 16 at 9:00 AM until approximately 12:00 PM.  The agencies expected to participate are:

BLM Ridgecrest Field Office
California City Police Department
California Trail Users Coalition
Friends of Jawbone
Kern County Sheriff’s Office
Kern County Fire Department
Kern County Search and Rescue
Ridgecrest Police Department

If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding these grant applications and pending projects, please come voice them at the meeting.  Bring your family and friends and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the application process for the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division's grant program.


Don't Hit a Cow, Man!

Many of our designated OHV trails in the Jawbone and Dove Springs areas lay within private property.  The owners of these private parcels do not object to the enumerated OHV trails that go right through their property.  In return, they do expect riders to stay on these designated routes.  As Friends of Jawbone works to minimize conflicts with neighboring private property owners, OHV riders also must do their part.

With the permission of the BLM and local land owners, ranchers are current grazing some 600 head of cattle in and around the Jawbone and Dove Springs OHV areas.  Some of these animals weight in at over a half ton.  Although the cows do their best to move out of the way of on-coming vehicles, riding fast without paying proper attention could result in a disastrous collision.

Remember, riding on these trails is a privilege and OHV use is already under a microscope.  Please take care to stay on the designated trails and remember the importance of watching out for grazing cattle.  Take extra caution and slow down when approaching them on or near the trail.

Please take extra care, and remind your friends and family:  "Don’t hit a cow, man!"


Kern County Supervisor Don Maben Retires

Kern County Supervisor Don Maben, representative of the 2nd district, has retired after 16 years of dedicated service to the area.  Don is an original, founding member of Friends of Jawbone and we would like to offer our deep gratitude for his strong support of our mission.

Supervisor Maben played a key role in the development of the Jawbone Station Visitors Center on Highway 14 at Jawbone Canyon.  Don’s commitment to the future of the OHV recreation in the area led him to work closely with the Bureau of Land Management and others to fund and build the visitor’s center.

Other endeavors during his tenure as supervisor include renewable energy projects, campaigns against illegal dumping, and working with the Kern Economic Development Corporation to promote local recreation activities and destinations.

As he looks forward to his retirement, Don cites the joy he has felt in serving his community.  To the Antelope Valley Press he said, “It’s been a great time and my wife Billie and I are looking forward to our retirement.”  His support for the Friends of Jawbone will not be forgotten!



A Flower-Watcher's Guide to Wildflowers of the Western Mojave
$12.95 at the Jawbone Station Book Store

Written for people with no botanical knowledge who are curious about the names of wildflowers, this book is beautifully illustrated with 214 full-color photos arranged by color of flower. Each photo refers the reader to the text description of the flower, which includes the common and botanical name, areas where it is found, and possible uses by Native Americans and pioneers. Over 187 of the most common and significant wild plants found in the western Mojave Desert and bordering foothills and canyons are included. This guide should be in the glove box of every Southern Californian who ever vowed to take a ride out to the West Mojave to see the wildflower blooms.

Click here for more information or to order online.

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