Welcome to Gear Grinders 4 Wheel Drive Club!

Established in 1971 and located in Ridgecrest, California, we are a family oriented group of four-wheelers dedicated to promoting responsible off-road fun and protecting our natural resources.Our club takes pride in its support of Tread Lightly on Public lands. We are comprised of outgoing, fun loving, patriotic and responsible members who share the same love of off-roading and the outdoors. Guests are always welcome, so contact us if you will be in the area.  We’ll let you know where we are going and when.

The Gear Grinders are involved in many land use discussions that involve our general area. The following are just highlights of what each discussion is and how to find more information.

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a major component of California's renewable energy planning efforts, will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects.

Northern and Eastern Mojave Planning Area 

The Northern and Eastern Mojave (NEMO) planning area covers 3.3 million acres in parts of San Bernardino and Inyo Counties. It is a largely undeveloped region, stretching from north and northwest of Death Valley National Park to I-40 on the south, and from the Nevada state line on the east to beyond the western boundary of the Mojave National Preserve on the southwest, covering over 2.7 million acres of BLM managed public lands.

The planning area covers 9.3 million acres in the western portion of the Mojave Desert in southern California covering parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern, and Inyo Counties. This interagency habitat conservation plan is being prepared by the BLM in collaboration with the region's cities, counties, state and federal agencies. The plan would apply to the 3.2 million acres of public lands and 2.9 million acres of private lands within the planning area, and would be consistent with both the resource management plans adopted by each of the region's five military bases and with the desert tortoise recovery plan. Click here for an Introduction to the plan.

For a CD copy of the entire plan please contact the California Desert District Office at (951) 697-5200 or download the documents here.

The Public Lands Round Table of Ridgecrest (usually shortened to just the Roundtable) is a group of concerned citizens with varying interests that meet regularly to discuss events pertaining to our California desert. We meet once a month at the Ridgecrest BLM Field Office at 6:00 pm, on the fourth Thursday of the month except for Nov/Dec which is a combined meeting.

We have a BLM spokesman present, but we do not advise or work in any official capacity with the BLM. It's just interacting with the agency and concerned citizens about uses and policies of public land use. We regularly discuss: open and closed routes, both motorized and non-motorized, pending legislation, mining issues, wilderness, flora and fauna, and the interaction between federal, state, county, and local government. The public is invited to attend any meeting. If you have questions or would like to be on the email list for updates and such contact Jim Kenney at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) is a travel management planning effort covering 9.24 million acres in the West Mojave area of the California desert.  Approximately 3.1 million acres in the planning area are public lands managed by the BLM.  The WMRNP supplements the 2006 West Mojave Plan.  

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