Occupying more than 30,000 acres and bordering Lake Havasu for 25 miles along the Colorado River, the Chemehuevi tribe has been fighting against the off-road vehicle culture and industry to protect their lands and preserve their way of life. An increase in the number of off-road vehicles crossing over into their land has resulted in damage to sacred areas and natural resources this tribe relies on. Plant life, especially Greasewood, is being harmed by off-road vehicle emissions and physical destruction. While the Chemehuevi tribe utilizes plant life for food and basket-making, Greasewood in particular serves many other functions - including food and burrow material for animals in the area. Lake Havasu is also being threatened by runoff and sediment caused by off-roading . Sacred areas such as West Well, a sacred spring for the Chemehuevi people and an ancient gathering place, are being destroyed by this recreational practice. Riders have vandalized interpretive signs and repeatedly ridden into the spring transforming the clear flow of water into a muddy hole . The California Bureau of Land Management shares land in the area with the tribe and off-road vehicles are allowed on much of the BLM land. Without protective fences separating the two lands, riders can end up onto Chemehuevi land unintentionally. However, even with extra fences, riders have still found ways to get into tribal lands . Informational signs have also not proven effective since they are often torn down. Nonetheless, the main issue with the established off road vehicle routes is that they are not connected and there is no way to get from one series to another without going through protected or private areas . Federal managers acknowledge the problem, but say a lack of funding prevents the development of a comprehensive enforcement and education strategy to mitigate damage from off-road vehicles . Political activity surrounding this issue has included congressional efforts, local media campaigns, and a lawsuit. Arizona representative Raul Grijalva, chairman of the subcommittee on Natural Park, Forests, and Public Lands, held a hearing in 2008 on the problem of off road vehicles because of concerns of tribal leaders. The Community ORV Watch, a key partner in this cause, testified at congressional hearings in 2010 and has subsequently fought on behalf of the Chemehuevi tribe, including as a plaintiff in a successful lawsuit taking on the Bureau of Land Management for designating over 5,000 miles of ORV routes in the Western Mojave (WEMO) desert area without regard for the protection of endangered species, private property, designated wilderness and National Park Lands . The Chemehuevi tribe did what it could to put up trash posts across the land where riders go; educate riders about reservation petroglyphs and importance of the area to the tribe; put up fencing to help more clearly designate tribal land as separate from BLM land where riders are allowed to go; put up signs to inform riders of the sacredness of the area and how certain activities negatively impact their land; and patrol the land themselves to take down license plates of off road vehicles on Chemehuevi tribal land. Meanwhile, the Community ORV Watch (COW) filed a successful lawsuit where the federal court agreed that the process by which the ORV routes were designated was arbitrary and not conducted appropriately. The court put the BLM on a timeline to restart the process to receive public input, however the BLM requested a series of delays claiming lack of organizational capacity to follow through on the court order. The tribal community held workshops to comment on the proposed WEMO route designation process and prepared extensive comments . The BLM continues to delay and avoid substantially improving their plan . The deadline for the BLM to release the WEMO Final Environmental Impact Statement and proposed Travel Management Plans was April 29th, 2016 and November 30th, 2016 was the deadline for the BLM to finalize the WEMO decisions and publish the official Record of Decision on the Travel Management Plans. Once again, the BLM requested an extension and proposes to delay the process until 2020 .