District 38 didn't get the permit for this past weekend's race until noon on Thursday...They were in a holding pattern up to that point. It's very much a 50/50 proposition, depending on the permit type.
on a side note, I did not see a single BLM ranger at Superstition yesterday during the race...
Parker and even forward to the Mint are not effected as they have permit in hand as far as BITD. They are multi year permits so not really effected by the closure. BLM Law Enforcement will still be present at these events and working with an unknown time that they will get paid. Smaller events like some with Motorcycle clubs are certainly in question. MRAN is looking to relocate their season opener to private land due to lack of permit so it really is varied on what permit, and when it was done. Recreation planners and the environmental side of the governing agencies are furloughed and ultimately the ones that make permit approval challenging. I believe the off road community has a excellent opportunity to demonstrate we can not only police ourselves but that we can be land stewards than any other group that uses the lands. If we all picked up all we could and made the lands better than when we got there, maybe we could get realization and more importantly, justification, that we dont need such critical over site.
The King of the Kastle - a 100 mile UTV desert style race to be held in early May 2019 in central Oregon is on hold. The hope is our paid elected officials get back to work and get this resolved so the folks at BLM can get the permit issued.
Besides essential federal Rangers (LEOs), the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office, you know, the SO not afraid to use automatic weaponry from its copter crews to maintain air superiority over its denizens.