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Virtual Online Rally for the Hammers

Postby tammylynn » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:09 pm

Please check this out and support the cause if you can.

http://www.ufwda.org/smf/index.php?topic=1860.0
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Postby Scott » Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:59 pm

http://www.pirate4x4.com/jv/

I was # 494 it's like over 800 now
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Postby Cookiemanx7 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:11 am

2 Minutes in and I was #11. :D

Open 4 hours and 4 minutes 60 Pages 25 posts per page 1496 Total :shock:
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Postby tammylynn » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:20 am

That is awesome. I hope they are able to use the results officially.
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Postby artyart » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:49 am

I was in on page 40, by the time I finished posting, 5 more pages were posted, pbb stopped it at over 60 pages of posts iirc.
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Postby Cookiemanx7 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:41 pm

This is quoted from a Friends of El Dorado MySpace Bulletin...



VIRTUAL ONLINE RALLY FOR JOHNSON VALLEY A SUCCESS
First-ever Virtual Rally drew support and earnest testimonials from over 1,500 people


On Wednesday, March 12, the world-wide off-highway community joined in a first-ever "Virtual Rally" to show opposition to a proposed expansion of the U.S. Marine Corps Twenty Nine Palms military training base.

The proposed expansion has worried recreationists that they will lose access to a prized section of barren desert rock known as an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Mecca for its rock-crawling, rock-racing, and desert-racing opportunities. In a massive display of well-organized opposition, grassroots recreationists organized a "Virtual Rally" in less than a week, to draw attention to the potential loss of a prized recreation destination. Though the focus of the "Virtual Rally" was from OHV users, the varied postings and testimonials proved that Johnson Valley is also a popular location for ATV and MX enthusiasts, Rally racers, rock-hounds, hikers, and campers.

During the 4-hour Virtual Rally, almost 1,500 participants voiced their opinion while over 27,000 views were registered. In the first hour of the rally, traffic on the website was so heavy that many rally participants could not log onto the website to voice their concerns.

Rally-goers included many people from out of state and overseas, even concerned recreationists from as far away as Australia. Also voicing concern were people from a broad range of motor-sports and hobbies including 4x4s; motorcycle, motocross, and trials; ATVs and quads; sand-buggies; rally cars; hikers; campers; rock-hounds; and RV-ers. Many rally-goers had never been to Johnson Valley, but expressed their plans and dreams of one day being able to visit the Hammers and described how the area was so important to their sports and recreation.

Rally attendees not only posted their opposition to the proposed expansion, but included pictures and stories of their many different ways of responsible recreation in Johnson Valley with families and friends. Many rally participants showed strong, patriotic support for the armed forces, yet pleaded to the Marine Corps not to take away a ?Mecca? for the OHV community. Offers were also extended to the Marine Corps to work together with the OHV community to find land that would not impact such a uniquely vibrant, vital center of OHV use.

Many rally participants have become so fed up with the loss of so many OHV areas across the United States, that this current proposal to close such an important area to them has them motivated more than ever to fight for it. Kevin Carey, a member of the Pirates of the Rubicon 4x4 club stated, ?This is our first event addressing this issue, but it?s definitely not the last. We will be talking with politicians, the OHV community and many government agencies in order to keep our public lands open to the public.?

One rally post put it in perspective for people outside their sport, ?For us to lose such an important area as the Hammers to our sport would be like Baseball losing Wrigley field or Golf losing Augusta.?

To view the Virtual Rally responses, please visit http://www.pirate4x4.com/jv

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