Amended in Senate August 13, 2013

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 hikingbegin delete,end delete if the Fish and Game Commission determines that specified conditions are met.

This bill wouldbegin delete instead repeal these provisions as of January 1, 2013, and wouldend delete 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. The bill would also require the commission to assess whether the 9-month schedule has any significant environmental impacts on the Peninsular bighorn sheep.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. 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
7recreationalbegin delete hiking,end deletebegin insert hikingend insert if the commission determines that all
8of the following 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).

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19(b) The commission shall do both of the following:

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20(1) Determine 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).

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23(2) Assess

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24begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertThe commission shall assessend insert whether the nine-month
25schedule has any significant environmental impacts on the
26Peninsular bighorn sheep.

27(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,begin delete 2017end delete
28begin insert 2018end insert, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
29that is enacted before January 1,begin delete 2017end deletebegin insert 2018end insert, deletes or extends
30that date.