This is for anyone interested in preserving some 4x4 in an area that has many popular trails that people having been crawling for decades. This is just north of Watson Road in the south White Tank Mountains. This area is soon to become a Buckeye city park.
Buckeye has been working with the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition’s (AZOHVC) Virtual Jeep Club to determine if there are ways to allow rock crawling in the park. As part of their lease agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), any type of off-highway vehicle activity is not allowed.
In order to allow that type of activity, an environmental assessment would need to be conducted to determine what, if any, negative impacts would occur from rock crawling on the environmental and cultural resources. The study would detail the trails and miles that would be open to the rock crawlers, the anticipated number of users, etc. The study would need to be approved by BLM and the City.
Robert Wisener, Buckeye's Conservation and Project Manager was working with Chris Radoccia from the AZOHVC on an agreement between the City of Buckeye and the AZOHVC, that if the AZOHVC funded the study, which was done by a reputable firm, and the study concluded there would be no significant negative impact, then the City would not deny this use; however it’s important to note that BLM has the final say.
I would encourage ANYONE who supports 4x4 recreation and access to reach out to Chris Radoccia to see if there is anything you can do to assist. Wouldn't it be a unique and a true destination mountain park, something that truly sets it apart from all the others, if it were to include some of those cool trails some of us have been running for years? The Jeepers have stepped up... I believe the Toyota crew can pitch in as well, in some way.
Also, the next cleanup for the park area is scheduled for Saturday, March 8th.