Trials of Trailing
Last updated 12/21/2016 at 12:32pm
It wasn’t that long ago, when outrage was felt across the County, by the proposal submitted by California State Parks and Recreation, who decided that a new law should be proposed, one which would make it illegal to leave roads and trails in natural and cultural reserves. Or that is how it was perceived due to the ‘wording’.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has initiated a second public comment period for the draft California Code of Regulation regarding offtrail restrictions in preserves and reserves within the state park system. This proposed regulation was included in the Notice of Proposed Rule making published on April 8, 2016.
Amendments have been made to the draft regulations based on comments received. The amended regulation is available on the DPR website at http://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 at trails@ parks.ca.gov or by phone at (916) 324-0423.