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Wash Road to be Closed
The Union Pacific Railroad has indicated that they will close the Wash Road along the eastern border of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to public travel on May 31, 2009.
While the road is on Union Pacific property, it has been used to gain access to popular camping areas for many decades. It is the ASA's position that the publics' use of Wash Road on Union Pacific property for more than 45 years establishes a public easement. We have informed UP that we are willing to take legal action as necessary.
Civil Code section 1009 prevents such easements after March 1972. However, if the ASA can document that the public enjoyed use of the road for at least five years before March 1972, where the landowner (Union Pacific) neither objected nor granted permission, we may be able to escape the restrictions of Civil Code section 1009.
Here is how you can help:
If you used Wash Road from at least March 1967 to March 1972, please provide a narrative stating your family and friends' personal use of the Road. Download an affidavit form, put your narrative on the form, and have it notarized. (Auto Club will notarize for free as will some banks).
If available, include photos that demonstrate the use. Put contact info on back.
If available, include Newspaper or other sources of date certain information. Put contact info on back.
Include any other evidence you think may be appropriate.
c/o American Sand Association
PO Box 1872
Canyon Country, CA 91386
The deadline for this is April 15th.
Contact Vince Brunasso with any questions.
A Sample Narrative can be viewed here.
Our thanks to the few of you that have already mailed in an affidavit
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Ted Kipf Road and the Areas East of the Railroad Tracks
There have been some questions regarding the use of OHV's on the Ted Kipf road, east of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA). This is an Imperial Country maintained road and thus is not legal for travel by OHV's. This road has been used for many years by OHV's without problems, however, it seems that the BLM and Imperial County are now enforcing the no OHV regulations. So to prevent the chance of receiving a traffic citation, please do not operate OHV's on this road.
The area east of the Union Pacific railroad tracks and south of high way 78 is in the Northern and Eastern Colorado planning area (NECO). As such has areas that are open to OHV travel and camping is permitted within 300 feet of any legal route of travel.
The ASA and a Desert Advisory Council member are both working to have the BLM get the legal routes of travel signed and put on a map so the visitors and the BLM LEO's will know exactly where it is legal to recreate and camp in the NECO plan area.
The ASA will keep you up to date on the issues affecting this area adjacent to the ISDRA.