CDFW Properties - NEW Lands Pass ProgramSDMBA is passing along this information from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding Lands Pass Program. Areas in San Diego that are part of this program and are frequented by mountain bikers include Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area.
Details on specific areas affected by new fees available at the links below as well as how to purchase passes.
CDFW manages over 1 million acres of land, most of which is located on 247 ecological reserves and wildlife areas across the state. The majority of funding to manage these lands comes from hunters and anglers through a variety of federal and state programs. The State Legislature directed CDFW to develop more income for land management from user fees by expanding the Program which is currently implemented at six properties. In August 2016, after a lengthy public review process, the Fish and Game Commission voted to add an additional 37 properties (see the attached lists).
Visitors will be exempt from the lands pass requirement if they are under 16 years of age or are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license. School or organized youth group field trips are also exempt. Lands passes will not be required until the properties have signs posted that explain the requirement. One of the attached lists addresses the schedule for implementation. This year, a daily Lands Pass costs $4.32 and an annual Lands Pass costs $24.33.
More information about the Lands Pass Program is at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/