Chino Hills State Park RTMP
Draft RTMP Available for Comment
A draft of the Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) for Chino Hills State Park (CHSP) is now available for review and comment. A public input meeting was held at the Discovery Center on Monday, July 22, 2019. A response to comments is expect to be released in October 2019. However, comments and questions also can be submitted in writing to email@example.com or mailed to California State Parks, Planning Division, 1725 23rd Street, Ste. 200, Sacramento, CA 95816. Comments will be considered throughout the planning process.
Introduction and Background
Chino Hills State Park (CHSP) lies within the densely populated urban communities of the East Los Angeles Basin in the southern California metropolitan complex. Approximately 15 million people live within a one-hour drive of the park. The proximity of the park to urban populations and extensive trail network make CHSP a popular and valuable recreational resource. Visitors enjoy both active and passive forms of recreation that focus primarily on trail use. The park contains approximately 88 miles of system (“official”) trail routes. People frequently visit the park from adjacent communities to walk, jog, bike, or ride horses. The park is also a popular spot for family and equestrian campers, as well as picnickers. The campground offers comfortable and appealing sites suitable for families, small groups, and equestrians. Several family picnic sites occur along the interior of the park.
Based on direction from the 1999 General Plan, a Trail Management Plan for the park was drafted in 2003 but never finalized. For this Road and Trail Management Plan, goals and recommendations from the 1999 General Plan and the 2003 Draft Trail Management Plan were reviewed and incorporated as appropriate. In addition, in 2011 Department staff conducted a road and trail inventory, including components, condition ssessment, and preliminary recommendations.
The purpose of a Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) is to provide specific guidance and direction for planning, maintaining, and improving appropriate roads and trails in the park while implementing the goals and objectives of the park’s approved General Plan. It should describe theexisting road and trail conditions in a park and provide direction for future management including specific actions forindividual roads and trails. It must take into consideration the park's values and mission to achieve the following goals.
- Maximize visitor use and experiences;
- Reduce potential safety issues;
- Minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources;
- Coordinate with local and regional planning e?orts;
- Provide access to surrounding public lands;
- Reduce maintenance and management costs;
- Provide an appropriate range of recreational opportunities and associated infrastructure;
- Limit impacts on the natural environment to a level acceptable under CEQA;
- Prioritize roads and trails projects.