March 5, 2008

Below is a list of members of the House Committee on Armed Services. These are the key congressional representatives that need to hear that you are opposed to Marine Corps encroachment in the Johnson Valley and Stoddard Wells Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the southern California desert.

Letters and faxes can be sent to the House Committee on Armed Services address.

If one of the House Members is your elected representative, their wab site link is provided. Please go to their web page and leave them a message.

Talking points:

The recent Western Mojave Resource Management Plan identifies Johnson Valley and Stoddard Wells as recreation areas. There are no other options for that type of recreation in the southern California desert as all other areas have been designated wilderness or military reserve and off-limits to the public.

The loss of recreation would have a significant economic impact on the surrounding rural communities; an impact that would not be replaced by military activity.

The proposal calls for acquisition of private lands. That acquisition would remove private lands from the local property tax base causing serious economic impact in the surrounding rural communities; an impact that is not mitigated by increased government support to the local economy.


Committee on Armed Services
2120 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone: (202) 225-4151
Fax: (202) 225-9077


Ike Skelton, Missouri, Chairman

Duncan Hunter, California, Ranking Member

John Spratt, South Carolina

Jim Saxton, New Jersey

Solomon P. Ortiz, Texas

John M. McHugh, New York

Gene Taylor, Mississippi

Terry Everett, Alabama

Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii

Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland

Silvestre Reyes, Texas

Buck McKeon, California

Vic Snyder, Arkansas

Mac Thornberry, Texas

Adam Smith, Washington

Walter B. Jones, North Carolina

Loretta Sanchez, California

Robin Hayes, North Carolina

Mike McIntyre, North Carolina

W. Todd Akin, Missouri

Ellen O. Tauscher, California

J. Randy Forbes, Virginia

Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania

Jeff Miller, Florida

Robert Andrews, New Jersey

Joe Wilson, South Carolina

Susan A. Davis, California

Frank A. LoBiondo, New Jersey

Rick Larsen, Washington

Tom Cole, Oklahoma

Jim Cooper, Tennessee

Rob Bishop, Utah

Jim Marshall, Georgia

Michael Turner, Ohio

Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam

John Kline, Minnesota

Mark Udall, Colorado

Candice S. Miller, Michigan

Dan Boren, Oklahoma

Phil Gingrey, Georgia

Brad Ellsworth, Indiana

Mike Rogers, Alabama

Nancy Boyda, Kansas

Trent Franks, Arizona

Patrick Murphy, Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania

Hank Johnson, Georgia

Thelma Drake, Virginia