Glamis on (KCET)

Right now, 9pm on KCET (PBS station for Los Angeles), they're doing a piece on Offroad VS Environmentalists...Glamis. Lots of offroad footage from Glamis, sandrails getting big air.

Desert Showdown

produced by Michael Cary, researched by Alana Kerbein

It's a matter of recreation versus preservation at the Imperial Sand Dunes in the southeastern corner of California. To some, the largest sand dune formation in the state is a venue for the thrills of off-roading, while others see it as a fragile ecosystem filled with unique plants and wildlife.

The Imperial Sand Dunes, sometimes called the Algodones or Glamis Dunes, stretches forty miles north from the Mexico border through Imperial County, an agricultural region near San Diego. With dunes rising to heights of over 300 feet, these natural wonders are popular among both passersby and off highway vehicle enthusiasts who test their mettle and machines in this rugged terrain.

Two years ago, the Bureau of Land Management temporarily closed nearly 50,000 acres of the dunes to recreational vehicles after environmental groups sued to protect the Peirson's milk-vetch, a plant found only in this region.

Now the BLM is considering reopening the temporarily closed areas to off-road vehicles beginning in October, but there would be restrictions. This has angered both sides.

"California Connected" takes you to the majestic site to hear from the people involved in this debate over the dunes.

The BLM is accepting public comments through June 28th.

"Go for the Gusto, Go for the Overall"
-- Robby Gordon, SCORE off-road champion