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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Rulemaking Update - July 2016

A public hearing regarding the proposed rule was held on June 22, 2016 in San Diego.  The public comment period is now closed.  As the rulemaking process proceeds, updates will be posted on this page.  If you would like to be added to the email list to receive notices from the California State Parks' Roads and Trails Program, please send your contact information and a request to be added to the mailing list to

Notice of Public Hearing

DPR has scheduled a public hearing on this proposed action. The hearing will be held at the San Diego County Operations Center, Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 on June 22, 2016 starting at 6 pm and ending when either testimony has completed or no later than 8 pm. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. At the hearing, any person may present statements or arguments orally or in writing relevant to the proposed actions described in the Informative Digest. DPR requires that persons making oral comments at the hearing also submit a written copy of their testimony at the hearing. DPR reserves the right to place time limits on speakers if needed to provide an opportunity for all to have a chance to present their information. DPR staff will be available from 5:30 pm until the hearing commences to answer questions regarding the proposed regulations.  See the complete Notice of Public Hearing.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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 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