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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Revised Rule and New Comment Period, Dec. 7, 2016 - Jan. 18, 2017

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has initiated a second public comment period for the draft California Code of Regulations regarding off-trail restrictions in preserves and reserves within the state park system.  This proposed regulation was included in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on April 8, 2016.  Amendments have been made to the draft regulations based on comments received.  The amended regulation is attached and also available on the DPR website at www.parks.ca.gov/trails.

In summary, amendments were made to proposed Section 4325, Title 14, Chapter 1 to clarify where the regulation will apply and the manner by which the Department will designate areas of Natural Preserves, Cultural Preserves, State Cultural Reserves, or State Natural Reserves open for off trail use. 

Any interested person or their authorized representative may submit written comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action to DPR by email to trails@parks.ca.gov.  Comments may also be submitted by facsimile (FAX) at (916) 324-0301 or by mail to:

Lisa Mangat, Director
California Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296

The comment period closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  DPR will consider only comments received at DPR offices by that time.

Inquiries may be made to Callie Hurd at trails@parks.ca.gov or by phone at (916) 324-0423.

Amended Text of Regulation

 

 

 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, April 8 - June 6, 2016

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) proposes to adopt the proposed regulations described below after considering all comments, objectives, and recommendations regarding the action

This rulemaking action clarifies and makes specific the authority for regulating off-trail use in Natural Preserves, Cultural Preserves, State Cultural Reserves, and State Natural Reserves within the California State Park System. Specifically the proposed regulations would prohibit all public use in these areas unless such use is on a trail, boardwalk or other designated route of travel. The proposed regulations are not required by federal law or regulations and there is no overlap with federal law or regulation. These regulations will make it possible to better protect sensitive natural and cultural resources.

Any interest person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action to DPR. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile (FAX) at (916) 324-0301 or by email to trails@parks.ca.gov. The written comment period closes at 5:00 p.m. on June 6, 2016. DPR will consider only comments received at DPR offices by that time. Submit comments to:

Lisa Mangat, Director
California Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296

Links to relevant documents are below.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Initial Statement of Reasons
Proposed Text of Regulations

If you have questions, please contact the Statewide Roads and Trails Program by emailing trails@parks.ca.gov.