Desert dispute pits Marine Corps and off-road enthusiasts
The Marines say Johnson Valley would be ideal for large-scale training. The off-roaders say it is an irreplaceable venue for racing and other recreational pursuits.
There are five other alternatives for expansion of the sprawling base, but the Marine Corps says Johnson Valley is the best and have offered a compromise: Part of the valley would be open 10 months a year. The off-roaders and other critics of the expansion plan are not interested.
The issue may go next year to the Congress for a decision.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: An off-road vehicle in Johnson Valley adjacent to the Marine base at Twentynine Palms. Credit: John Herrick / CRAWL magazine