Contribute to the Oceano Dunes Legal Defense Fund


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From the California League of Off-Road Voters

On November 30 - A lawsuit was filed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club to close Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area.

In Order to combat this closure, we have hired an attorney. See the press release below for details.

VERY IMPORTANT - We need your financial support NOW. Off Roaders statewide have seen closure after closure. It must stop here and it must stop now.

Here is a link to our web site where we have set up, on our secure server, an option to give to the Oceano Dunes Legal Defense fund.

ALL of the money you donate to the fund will go directly to defending the ODSVRA. I can not stress how important it is that we have the full support of all off roaders. Our voices will be heard.

We will continue to release information as it becomes available. Thank you in advance for your generous financial support.

Pete Conaty, Executive Director, CLORV and the Friends of Oceano Dunes.

Press Release
For further information, contact
Pete Conaty, Executive Director, CLORV
(916) 447-1761

<font color=yellow>Environmental Defense Fund and Sierra Club sue to close Oceano Dunes SVRA</font color=yellow>

<font color=yellow>November surprise could end life as we know it at Oceano Dunes SVRA</font color=yellow>

November 30, 2001 – In a “November Surprise” the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the Director of California Parks and Recreation, Rusty Aerias; Deputy Director, Off Highway Division, Department Parks and Recreation, Dave Widell and the Interim Supervisor, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, Steve Yamaichi, “in their individual capacities.” They are accused, in the lawsuit, of failing to protect three wildlife species found at Oceano Dunes SVRA (ODSVRA)

The lawsuit demands the State immediately close the ODSVRA, in San Luis Obispo County because the State Department of Parks and Recreation has not done enough to protect the Western Snowy Plover, the Least Tern and the Steelhead Trout. However, California League of Off Road Voters (CLORV) and other Off Road groups believe that State Parks had done an exemplary job of protecting these species at ODSVRA since the State officially took over Oceano Dunes in 1982. Californians have been riding vehicles along the beach at Oceano Dunes since the car was invented.

Environmental extremists have long wanted to close down the last 3.5 miles of the California Coast, open to off road vehicles, for a long time. “It is extremely ironic that they have chosen this time to sue the Governor Gray Davis Administration, when the Davis Administration has done so much to improve environmental protection at all State Parks.” Stated Pete Conaty, Executive Director, CLORV.

CLORV, California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) and Friends of Oceano Dunes are working with David Hubbard of the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, in Sand Diego, to fight this lawsuit. Various Off Road groups have also retained Mr. Hubbard, in an effort to fight the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) closures in the BLM California Desert District.

In order to handle the financial cost of this lawsuit, CLORV needs your help desperately. Please go to to contribute online.

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