Salinas Ramblers Spearhead Grassroots Fundraising Effort to Save
SALINAS, CA (January 17) - A
Monterey Bay-Area recreation group has been spearheading a grassroots
effort to raise funds for the legal battle to save the Clear
Creek Management Area (CCMA), a popular off-highway vehicle (OHV)
destination near Coalinga, California. The Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club
(SRMC) is leading the charge to generate donations for the Blue Ribbon Coalition's
(BRC) Save Clear Creek Legal Defense Fund.
BRC, along with several OHV advocacy groups, is closely monitoring a
lawsuit filed by anti-access groups designed to severely restrict OHV
recreation at the CCMA. The CCMA is home to many events including the
SRMC-sponsored and American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned
Quicksilver National Enduro, as well as the Molina Ghost Run sponsored
by the California
Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs.
The Center for Biological Diversity and the California Native Plant
Society filed suit on November 9, 2004 based on claims the BLM has
failed to fully comply with the Endangered Species Act in protecting
the San Benito Evening Primrose.
Ed Tobin, spokesman for the Salinas Ramblers, said, "One key element of
the fund raising effort is the sale of 'Save Clear Creek' bumper
stickers, an idea originated by AMA District 36 member Justin Hensley.
To date, these sales have generated close to $5,000 dollars.
"We also have about 20 motorcycle industry retailers selling bumper
stickers now, from Salinas to San Jose to Fresno, and we are excited to
announce that Cycle
Gear has recently agreed to sell the stickers
through their Northern California stores. The sticker sales complement
independent donations made by hundreds of individuals and
organizations, like Honda Peninsula (Sunnyvale)
that recently donated over $1,000 dollars."
"A key partner in the fund raising effort has been the Timekeepers
Motorcycle Club. They sold bumper stickers at their fall hare scrambles
event, helped finance a fund raising letter mailing, helped with a
fencing project to protect then endangered plant and regularly help
greet riders visiting Clear Creek "
"Outreach to riders not affiliated with a club is also an important
component of the fund raising effort. We have off-roaders at the Clear
Creek main entrance every weekend handing out flyers explaining the
current legal situation, and educating riders how to tread lightly
while in Clear Creek." Tobin states.
Don Amador, western representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said,
"Shutting down trails and riding areas hurts everybody. I commend the
efforts of SRMC and others for their commitment to help raise funds for