If anybody from Ridgecrest or Trona can make this meeting, it would be a good thing.
edit > Sorry for the cross post, I see that Helen just posted this in the Land Use Forum.
Searles Valley Wilderness Proposal." A community meeting is set for January 13 at 6:30 at the Trona Bank Building (across the street east of the Old Guest House Museum). Here's the announcement in full:
The California Wilderness Coalition (http://www.calwild.org) is proposing Federal legislation that would designate nearly all of those portions of Great Falls Basin and the Slate Range that lie outside of the China Lake Navy Base as Federal Wilderness. If passed by Congress this legislation would permanently end all methods of mechanized travel across most of this land. It would also prevent this land from being defaced by off-road motorcycle trails running everywhere.
The California Wilderness Coalition has agreed to meet with the people of Searles Valley to first present their proposal and then listen to our concerns with the proposal. The intent of the CWC is not to prevent the public from enjoying the land. Rather they want to prevent a small group of people from defacing the land to the point where everyone else's enjoyment is degraded.
Please plan to attend and make your concerns known. Examples of how you have used this land in the past would help prove your concerns.