On April 6, the US Marine Corps and BLM hosted a public meeting concerning the Share Use Area of Johnson Valley OHV area.
Two important news points were released at the meeting.
1. The restricted air space around the Twentynine Palms Marine Base has a proposed expansion pending approval. The restricted air space is important to know if you are a private pilot or if you are a user of drone aircraft. The use of drones by civilians is prohibited at all times within any restricted airspace. Outside restricted airspace, Federal Aviation Administration regulations apply.
For additional information concerning drone usage around 29 Palms, see: https://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff-Offices/Government-and-External-Affairs/Airspace/Drone-Use/
2. As reported by the USMC, Marine training previously scheduled to happen during the month of August in 2019 will not occur. Instead, the USMC has released a series of shorter area closure dates for 2020 and 2021.
30 April - 11 May 2020
30 October - 9 November 2020
30 April - 10 May 2021
29 October - 8 November 2021
These dates have been reviewed by BLM Barstow for conflict with scheduled or requested permitted event dates within Johnson Valley OHV Area during those times.
To get current information about the Johnson Valley OHV Area and USMC shared use, see: https://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff-Offices/Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley/