Amended in Senate June 19, 2013

Amended in Assembly May 1, 2013

Amended in Assembly March 14, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1097

Introduced by Assembly Member Nestande

February 22, 2013

An act to amend Section 1587 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to fish and wildlife.


AB 1097, as amended, Nestande. Fish and Game Commission: Mirage Trail.

Existing law requires, until January 1, 2018, that the Mirage Trail within the Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve be open 9 months of the year to recreational hiking, if the Fish and Game Commission determines that specified conditions are met.

This bill wouldbegin insert instead repeal these provisions as of January 1, 2013, and wouldend insert specify the 9 months of the year that the trail would be open as May to January, inclusive, and the 3 months that the trail would be closed as February to April, inclusive.begin insert The bill would also require the commission to assess whether the 9-month schedule has any significant environmental impacts on the Peninsular bighorn sheep.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 1587 of the Fish and Game Code is
2amended to read:



(a) The Mirage Trail within the Magnesia Spring
4Ecological Reserve shall be open nine months of the year during
5the months of May to January, inclusive, and closed for three
6months during the months of February to April, inclusive, to
7recreational hiking, if the commission determines that all of the
8following conditions are met:

9(1) Local public agencies or other entities will assume complete
10financial responsibility for the following as determined to be
11necessary by the commission:

12(A) Fencing to dissuade hikers from traversing beyond the trail
13and into sensitive Peninsular bighorn sheep habitat.

14(B) Signage and educational materials to educate hikers about
15Peninsular bighorn sheep.

16(2) A single entity has been designated to fulfill the financial
17arrangements and other terms and conditions determined by the
18commission to be necessary pursuant to paragraph (1).

19(b) The commission shallbegin delete determineend deletebegin insert do both of the following:end insert

20begin insert(end insertbegin insert1)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertDetermineend insert seasonal openings and closures of the trail that
21will not conflict with the use of the area by Peninsular bighorn
22sheep, consistent with subdivision (a).

begin insert

23(2) Assess whether the nine-month schedule has any significant
24environmental impacts on the Peninsular bighorn sheep.

end insert

25(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,begin delete 2018end delete
26begin insert 2017end insert, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
27that is enacted before January 1,begin delete 2018end deletebegin insert 2017end insert, deletes or extends
28that date.