Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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

This rulemaking action clarifies and makes specific the authority for regulating trail uses and users on trails in the State Park System and what tools may be used and under what circumstances in Cultural Preserves and Natural Preserves. It also clarifies that permanent structures and installations are allowed in wilderness and preserves where necessary for natural or cultural heritage protection.

The DPR will have the entire rulemaking file available for inspection and copying throughout the rulemaking process at its headquarters office in Sacramento at 1416 9th Street.  As of the date this notice was published in the Notice Register, the rulemaking file consists of (click on links below):
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Proposed Text of the Regulations
Initial Statement of Reasons

Hard Copies may be obtained by contacting Ms. Stehl at the address, email or phone number listed below.  You are encouraged to read these documents to see the full proposal.

DPR will hold two public hearings each starting at 6 p.m.  The first hearing will be held at the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado, Glendale, CA on August 1, 2013 starting at 6 pm and ending when either testimony has completed or no later than 8 pm. The second hearing will be held at the Sacramento Recreation Equipment (REI) store, Community Room, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento, CA on August 15, 2013 starting at 6 pm and ending when either testimony has completed or no later than 8 pm.  The meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible.  At the hearing, any person may present statements or arguments orally or in writing relevant to the proposed actions described in the Information Digest.  DPR requires that persons making oral comments at the hearing also submit a written copy of their testimony at the hearing.

Any interested 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 August 15, 2013.  DPR will consider only comments received at DPR offices by that time.  Submit comments to:

Alexandra Stehl, Statewide Trails Program Manager
California Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296
(916) 324-0370

We believe the proposed regulations will provide clarity to rules for trail use, minimum tool use in preserves and permanent structures in preserves and wilderness while protecting important resources and providing for public use and enjoyment.

If you have questions, please contact Alex Alexandra Stehl at (916) 324-0370 or by emailing