LAO Opinion On Oceano Dunes Dust Hoax


By Don Amador

July 10, 2019


After attending and/or reviewing video and other documents obtained over the years from various public meetings related to “toxic dust ” supposedly created by OHV use at Oceano Dunes SVRA, I have a deep concern that Coastal Commission Staff have perpetuated and promoted a myth created by the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District (APCD) that the air in Nipomo Mesa contains dangerous amounts of crystalline silica dust.

Guarding Our Right To Ride

Crystalline silica dust is an acute inhalation health risk. It can cause silicosis and lung cancer and so is regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) based on exposure during an 8 hour work day.

However, airborne particulate matter—dust/blowing sand—encountered in a commercial, residential or rural environment is not hazardous like silica dust though it is still regulated by federal and state air quality agencies. These regulations are based on PM10 dust concentrations averaged over a 24-hour period and assume the dust does not include particles of acute toxicity, such as crystalline silica.

For more than 10 years, the APCD has made unsubstantiated claims that PM10 detected on the Mesa contains toxic amounts of crystalline silica dust. Further, the APCD said the silica dust was from OHV use at the SVRA. These claims were presented in various APCD reports and correspondence, and stated by APCD representatives at public meetings. The claims were then repeated and amplified by public officials, agencies, members of the public, and the local press.

At a March 21, 2018 meeting of the APCD’s Hearing Board, APCD’s Larry Allen was forced to concede publicly that crystalline silica in dust on the Nipomo Mesa was not an issue. He stated, “Well, you know it’s a red herring…it has no bearing whatsoever.”

It is a falsehood that the air of Nipomo Mesa contains hazardous amounts of crystalline silica dust. It is just one of many falsehoods and misleading statements made by the APCD in its quest to malign a state park and legal OHV recreation.

The APCD toxic dust hoax should rightfully invalidate the stipulated order of abatement and other management decisions that were based on a lie. 

Don Amador
Government Affairs
AMA District 36

Stewards of the Sierra National Forest Dual Sport/Adventure Rides Rescheduled

The Stewards of the Sierra National Forest have rescheduled their Summer Dual Sport/Adventure rides to run September 6, 7, 8.  Seems there’s still a little too much snow at the higher elevations.  The ride was originally scheduled to run this coming weekend.

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For the Dual Sport bikes……There will be a Self-Guided Dual Sport Adventure ride which will consist of great back roads and trails throughout the area. The route will be approximately 120 miles on Saturday and 80 miles on Sunday. Optional hard way splits for the more experienced riders.


For the bigger Adventure bikes…. There will be a Self-Guided Big Bike Adventure ride which will consist of great back roads and trails throughout the area. The route will be approximately 120 miles on Saturday and 80 miles on Sunday. Optional hard way splits for the more experienced riders.

Each entry includes:

  • Event T Shirt
  • Saturday Night Bar-B-Q
  • Membership to the Stewards of the Sierra National Forest

You can also Donate for:

  • A Friday Night Dinner
  • Sunday morning Breakfast
  • Extra B-B-Q Dinners
  • Extra Event T Shirts

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“The Only Good OHV Area is a Closed OHV Area”

ACTIONS REQUIRED – Send Letters STAT and RSVP if You Can Attend July 3 Hearing in Sacramento!

It’s no secret that family-based OHV recreation at Carnegie SVRA remains under attack by a small band of fiercely dedicated and well-funded environmental attorneys, political activists, and sympathetic legislators.  20 years ago one of those actors stated, “The only good OHV area is a closed OHV area.”

In recent times, that cadre of anti-OHV zealots has adopted a highly effective trifecta of litigation, legislation, and regulation to not only block opening of the acquisition property at Carnegie SVRA but to close 20% of the current riding area at the unit. 

Many of you have already sent in letters to the legislature as SB 767 journeyed through the CA Senate and now is on its way through the CA Assembly.  As the political temperature of this bill heats it is now time, if possible, to attend a July 3 hearing for SB 767 before the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 at the State Capitol.  Wear your club’s shirt or jersey.  Your attendance will make a strong visual statement about your support for OHV recreation at Carnegie SVRA.

AMA District 36 thanks the many of you who have already sent in letters to the legislature as SB 767 journeyed through the CA Senate. Today as the bill makes its way through the CA Assembly we are asking that you send another letter to your state representative stating your opposition to SB 767 and include a short personal note about why OHV at Carnegie SVRA is important to you and your family.


The AMA District 36 government affairs professional staff will be there and looks forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you at this important July 3 hearing.  Let’s remember on this 4th of July that FREEDOM is not FREE and requires constant vigil.  

Thanks for your support of responsible OHV recreation on public lands for current and future generations.

RSVP if you can attend July 3 hearing to Don Amador –

Don Amador
Government Affairs
AMA District 36

CERA’S Enduro Weekend is Here!

You and your Family and Friends are cordially invited to our Enduro weekend.

  1. Crazy Miner Family Enduro, Round 2 of the 2019 SRT District 36 Youth Family Enduro Championship Series
  2. Fools Gold Round 3 of the 2019 SRT District 36 Championship Enduro Series.

Saturday’s Crazy Miner is an event you can ride with your family and as a warm up for the full enduro on Sunday so bring the family.

Join us for the weekend of riding and camping in the national forest.  And the best part is there are no gate or camping fees!  You will need to get a fire permit if you want a campfire or are using a portable outdoor stove.  Get your permit online here or at the Georgetown Ranger Station 

CLICK ME to get the Information you need!

Flyers; Route sheets for both events, Pre-Registers Row Assignments for both events!

Or mayby you want to come up and help?  Click the link in the side bar >>>>>>>>>>

Stuff to know:

Required to Ride:

  • Current Red, Green Or Out-of-State OHV Sticker Or Current Licence Plate
  • A Forest Service Approved Factory Or Aftermarket Spark Arrestor 
  • Your Riding Number/Letter (assigned by CERA) On Your Front Number Plate At Least 4″ high
  • Your Riding Number On A Helmet Sticker (supplied by CERA) On The Lower Right (throttle) Side Of Your Helmet (make sure you helmet strap doesn’t cover it)
Dates:    May 4-5, 2019
Mace Mill Staging Area
Mace Mill Rd.

Georgetown, CA
Sign Up Hours:
Friday 3-5 pm / 7-9 pm
Saturday 7-9 am / 3-5 pm 7-9 pm
Sunday 6-8:30 am
(subject to change)
Key times:
Crazy Miner – 9:00 am
Fools Gold – 8:00 am

Crazy Miner – Fools Gold Flyer

Map to the meet

Maybe you’d like to come up and help put on one or both of the meets?  We are looking for extra help and no experience is necessary – we train on the job!
If you’re interested signup here: 
CM-FG Volunteer 




Many of you have been following the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Proposed OHRV Regulatory Amendments to the Red Sticker Program. The official 45-day comment period started on March 8 and ends on April 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. There will be a CARB hearing on April 25 but the most important action you can take is to send in a comment, since a decision will most likely have been made before the board meets.

On April 10, D36 LAO submitted formal comments with a common sense “Competition Stakeholders Alternative.” D36 believes the CARB staff proposal falls short since it continues to rely on incomplete data sets or misguided understanding of what “competition” means to affected riders, land managers, rural economies, OHV dealerships, law enforcement of OHV policies, conservation/restoration efforts, trail ethic education programs, and organized OHV clubs and/or motorcycle competition sanctioning bodies.

Unfortunately, it also appears that CARB has failed to understand and capture the importance of riders having access to meaningful practice for competition events on private, local, state, and federal lands.

D36 believes the collective weight of the proposal could have an unintended and devastating impact on competition events, riders, and other related stakeholders including land management agencies in the State of California.

D36 respects the limited amount of time that most riders have available to attend meetings and write letters. But since this issue will shape the future of competition motorcycle events and practice riding for decades to come, the D36 LAO is asking you to send a short letter to CARB asking them to support
the D36 Competition Stakeholder proposal that seeks to meet the following CARB objectives listed below in bullet format.

  • Ensure law enforcement has the ability to access vehicle ownership and registration for competition off-road motorcycles through use of a 17 digit VIN. Additional benefit for financing and insuring competition labeled off-road only motorcycles.
  • Ensure competition off-road motorcycle owners fund OHV-related land management, restoration, law enforcement, vehicle registration, safety, education, and youth training programs.
  • Allow for the purchase, operation, and resale of competition labeled off-road motorcycles for use by racers at sanctioned “closed-course” or skill-based off-road motorcycle competition events (i.e. GP, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Trials, etc.) and for practicing for participation at sanctioned off-road motorcycle competition events.
  • Safeguard the future of off-road motorcycle races/events and related race practicing.

Again, D36 is asking its members who want to preserve our access to competition motorcycles to take a couple of minutes to send in a simple comment letter to CARB asking them to adopt our alternative or some version thereof. Feel free to cite the bullet points above and/or add any specific comments about what competition means to your family and friends.

Send Letter using the CARB online comment form link 

If you have time, also send your letter to the CARB Clerk at:
and send a copy to the D36 LAO at:

To read comments submitted by D36 and others, please use the link below

Thanks in advance for taking time to participate in this regulatory process.

Don Amador
Government Affairs
AMA District 36 LAO

ACTION ALERT – Carnegie Saga Continues at April 9th Hearing!

On April 9, 2019, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee will hold a hearing on legislation (SB 767) introduced by Senator Glazer which is a new version of the Carnegie bill that we defeated 

last year.  It is not as bad as the earlier version because it does not have us selling the park at rock bottom 1992 prices.

However, the bill is still problematic.  It calls for a hearing to review the mission of the park and provides a structure for selling it to local entities for environmental purposes. The consequence to every state purchase is obvious.

Your D36 LAO Program has initiated meetings in the Capitol and is currently opposing the bill.  The LAO will be testifying at the hearing and is also working to forge a solution that gets us out of this permanent limbo.   This is just the beginning of a long legislative process that will extend into the summer.

In the meantime, the LAO is urging D36 members to send in letters using the AMA’s Grassroots Action Network System.  AMA is an important partner and the LAO appreciates their work on this issue.


Thanks for your ongoing support of the D36 LAO Program and our efforts to promote and protect responsible OHV recreation in California. 

Don Amador
Government Affairs

Walker Ridge OHV Riding Area A Potential Wind Farm?


Rendition of what Walker Ridge would look like with wind mills

The D36 LAO has just learned that the BLM as hired a Walker Ridge Project Manager who started work on April 1, 2019.  The energy companies associated with this project are the Colusa Wind Energy LLC (CWE) that is owned by Salka Energy, Algonquin Utilities Power Corporation, and Liberty Power Corporation.  D36 also understands the BLM has signed a MOU with CWE.

D36 understands that a lot of its members ride off-road motorcycles in the Walker Ridge area.  And, that the BLM has identified that general area for OHV travel planning to designate a substantive network of high-value OHV trails.

D36 and a number of its OHV and conservation partners have long opposed various wind energy planning efforts over the last 10-15 years.  However, it seems the administration’s new energy expansion strategy has identified Walker Ridge as a potential wind farm.

OHV Route On The South End Of Walker Ridge

D36 has sent a request to the BLM asking that it be placed on the project’s mailing list and is sent copies of any related documents related to MOUs, agreements, scoping, planning, and project implementation.

Be assured, the D36 LAO will be engaged on this important issue over the next 1-2 years.



Don Amador
Government Affairs

Lazy Bumb HS – New Venue!

The 2019 Lazy Bumb Hare Scrambles 
March 30th & 31st
A Mojo Motosport Championship Cross Country Series.

Round 2 of the District 36 – SRT Adult Championship Cross Country Series presented by SpecBolt.

Round 2 of the District 36 – Motion Pro Youth Cross Country Championship Series presented by Honda, Kawasaki, KTM of Modesto

Time to enter online growing short!  Pre-entries close Thursday March 28th at 7 PM Enter now!

Stuff To Know……….

You MUST have:

  • Current AMA Membership Card**
  • Current District 36 Membership Card**
  • Scoring transponder compatible with D36 scoring equipment (available at signups)
  • USFS approved spark arrestor
  • Correct number plate and number-letter colors for your class on front and side plates
  • Correct numbers and letter sizes required (see D36 Operations Manual Section 3.2.2 for youth and section 6.14 thru 6.17.2 for adults)
  • Riding numbers on both sides of Helmet below the helmet strap.

AMA and District 36 Rules apply

**If you need to Join or renew give yourself extra time at sign-ups.

Date:    March 30 & 31 2019
Place:  21119 Panoche Rd, Paicines, CA 95043

Racing starts at:  8:30 am on Saturday and 9 am on Sunday

See flyer for more details

Lazy Bumb HS Flyer

Map to the Lazy Bumb HS


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