State Parks responds to off-roading lawsuit

California Department of Parks and Recreation has responded to a lawsuit seeking to suspend the open riding policy at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).

The state filed a demurrer with Superior Court of Sacramento that argues the petitioners, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and The Desert Protective Council, cannot ask a court to intervene and tell State Parks how to operate the recreational area. The demurrer states that the petitioners want to control management of the Ocotillo Wells SVRA.

The lawsuit asserted that parks and recreation has mismanaged Ocotillo Wells by allowing off-highway vehicles too much access to sensitive lands.

A hearing is set for Dec. 13. The state parks department requests that the court  sustain the demurrer, which would then dismiss the case.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Aug 24 2013. Filed under Backcountry, Country Living, Government, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

3 Comments for “State Parks responds to off-roading lawsuit”

  1. Arne Carlson

    Thanks for keeping up with this Ramona Sentinel!!

  2. chris

    Just as they have banned shooting areas, IT IS NOW YOUR TURN……………..

  3. ReadTheLaw

    Demur my foot.! Somebody has to control management at Ocotillo Wells because DPR certainly isn't. Parks' legal told OHV that it was not abiding by the law in 1997. And here we are 16 years later, still violating the law. Next time a CHP pulls someone over for speeding, maybe they should try "I demur." Only a state agency that has been caught over and over and over would persist in this–but, of course, where are the consequences? Citizens of California, speak up: Enough is enough!

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