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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 would require the commission to determine that an additional condition is met and would 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 delete 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 delete

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
7recreational hiking if the commission determines that all of the
8following conditions are met:

9(1) Local public agencies or other nonstate entities will assume
10complete financial responsibility for the following as determined
11to be necessary 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(3) The entity designated pursuant to paragraph (2) has
20begin delete transmitted sufficient nonstate funding to the commission to fund
21the assessment required in subdivision (b) in an amount determined
22by the commissionend delete
begin insert committed to expend at least one hundred
23thousand dollars ($100,000) by January 1, 2018, to monitor the
24Peninsular bighorn sheep, consistent with the Coachella Valley
25Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Planend insert

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26(b) The commission shall assess whether the nine-month
27schedule has any significant environmental impacts on the
28Peninsular bighorn sheep.


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P3    1begin insert(end insertbegin insertb)end insert This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2018,
2and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
3is enacted before January 1, 2018, deletes or extends that date.