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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

      Rulemaking Archival Documents

      Minimum tool use and trail use regulations
      Final Text
      Final Statement of Reasons