(The Desert Off-Road Season is officially open)….It began over the weekend.
Thousands converged on the Imperial San Dune Recreation Area. It was the first major weekend of the new season. Larger crowds are expected over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and for the New Years weekend. BLM Rangers were on hand to explain the permit increases that went into effect over the Halloween Weekend. The Bureau of Land Management said while many wanted information surrounding the increased fees, few had any problems with them. The fees were increased to help pay for Security, medical and clean-up costs and other items cut in the BLM budget. Increased land was to be opened up under the new Management Plan, but it is being protested by an environmental group a decision on that is on hold.