In Riverside County, EHL is opposing a draft ordinance that would capitulate
to OHV riders and degrade the Multiple Species Habitat
Conservation Program (MSHCP). A recent property acquisition, however, shows the promise of
Due to pressure from riders and manufactures, what began as an attempt
to regulate the nuisance and environmental damage from rampant OHV use
ended up as a “green light” for habitat destruction. In response, EHL pointed out that the MSHCP requires that
habitat values be maintained pending reserve assembly. A host of other
legal defects were also identified. Action by the Riverside
County Board of Supervisors is pending.
On a brighter note, the implementing arm of the MSHCP, the Riverside
County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA), has acquired a magnificent
914-acre property in Cactus Valley, east of Hemet. The Goodhart
family partnered with the RCA to conserve their legacy, and in the
process created a lynchpin for the reserve system.