By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook’s (R-Apple Valley) bill, HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act (CMORCA) continues to gain local support.
The City of Big Bear Lake and the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) are the latest local entities that have announced support for HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act.
Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association Chairman Chuck Bell said, “LVEDA supports the balanced approach that Congressman Cook has taken in dealing with our desert lands. CMORCA strikes the proper balance between protecting our desert landscapes for future generations, protecting critical economic activities such as mining, and protecting the Juniper Flats area from renewable energy development. Congressman Cook’s outreach to local communities has been superb, and I eagerly await the passage of his legislation in Congress.”
Cook said, “It’s great to see that more local governments and associations continue to get behind my California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conversation Act. The City of Big Bear Lake and the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association join numerous other local communities in supporting my bill that protects our desert, addresses the needs of our off- highway vehicles users, and maintains our local economy.”
The bill which was introduced on October 1, 2015, presents a balanced approach to protecting, managing, and using public lands in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Inyo counties. The bill involves management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership. The City of Apple Valley, City of Barstow, City of Hesperia, City of Twentynine Palms, City of Banning, Town of Yucca Valley, the San Gorgonio Pass Regional Water Alliance, and the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission have also announced their support of the bill
A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.