CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK PLAN CALLS FOR REMOVING 674 ACRES FROM WILDERNESS DESIGNATION

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By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2014 (Cuyamaca) – California State Parks is proposing to remove 672 acres of wilderness designation in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. (View map of proposed changes.) A preliminary general plan and draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the park is now available for public review.   The 45 day public review period opened August 21 and closes October 6, 2014.

At earlier public meetings, members of the public raised a variety of concerns including availability of horse camps , hiking trails and mountain biking opportunities, loss of biodiversity, post-fire bulldozing, reforestation, and more.

Updates and details are available on the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan Webpage http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27169. All comments must be postmarked by standard mail or e-mailed by October 6, 2014. All comments received by the deadline will receive a written response to be published in the Final General Plan/EIR. (See below for details on how to submit comments via e-mail or mail.)

A last opportunity for comment on the Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR will occur at the time of the State Park and Recreation Commission meeting currently scheduled for November 14, 2014 in San Diego, CA. At this meeting the Commission will vote to approve the General Plan. Commission meeting information will be posted to the General Plan webpage by September 26, 2014.

You can e-mail comments to enviro@parks.ca.gov (please type “Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan” in the subject line),

Or mail comments to:

ATTN: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan Team

California State Parks

Southern Service Center

2797 Truxtun Road, Barracks 26

San Diego, CA 92106

An electronic version of the Draft General Plan/Draft EIR is available for viewing and downloading on the General Plan Webpage:   http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27169

Printed copies are available for viewing (not borrowing) at the following locations:

  • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Park Headquarters (at Paso Picacho Campground)

13652 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036

(760) 765-3020  Hours: M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • California State Parks, Colorado Desert District

200 Palm Canyon Drive

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

(760) 767-4037   Hours: M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

·         California State Parks, Southern Service Center

2797 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 221-7060  Hours: M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Descanso Library

9545 River Drive

Descanso, CA 91916

  • Julian Library

1850 Highway 78

Julian, CA 92036

  • Alpine Library

2130 Arnold Way

Alpine, CA 91901

  • Ramona Library

1275 Main Street

Ramona, CA 92065

  • Pine Valley Library

28804 Old Hwy. 80

Pine Valley, CA 91962

Please continue to check back to the General Plan webpage periodically for updates: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27169