General Regulations for California State Forests

Hunting California Parks and Recreation Areas, General Regulations for California State Forests

On this page, you’ll find an alphabetical summary of topics compiled from general regulations for visiting State forests managed by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also referred to as Cal. Fire. The regulations are located in Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (CFR), Division 1.5, Chapter 9, Articles 1 through 5., Sections (§§) 1400 through 1439. Warning shot!!! Click here for links to area-specific rules, regulations, and procedures.

  • Camping Areas:
  1. Animal waste: must be buried or removed from the forest (e.g. droppings) [14 CCR § 1423]
  2. Area: allowed only in designated areas except with a campfire and special use permit [14 CCR § 1401]
  3. Assemblies: public assemblies and demonstration require permission from the state forest manager and must not substantially interfere with others using the forest (also see “Conduct: Assemblies” below) [14 CCR § 1406]
  4. Conduct: it is unlawful for visitors to
    1. Assemblies: conduct or participate in a disorderly assemblage
    2. Clothing: fail to wear clothing that conforms to common standards of decency when subject to public view
    3. Gestures: make any indecent gesture in a state forest at such times and in such locations as to disturb other persons
    4. Language: use threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or indecent language [14 CCR § 1405]
  5. Duration: no more than (a) 14 consecutive days or (b) 30 days in a calendar year except for people engaged in official state business with permission from the state forest manager [14 CCR §§ 1403 and 4455]
  6. Fires: unreasonably large and/or dangerous fires are NOT allowed and all fires must be attended or otherwise extinguished (also see “Camping: Permits” and “Firewood” below) [14 CCR § 1402]
  7. General Regulations for California State Forests for horses.Horses, Pack Animals, etc: NOT allowed in designated camping areas unless it was develop to accommodate them and is posted accordingly [14 CCR § 1425]
  8. Noise: quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (also see “Noise” below [14 CCR § 1412]
  9. Permits: a campfire and special use permit is required to make a fire outside of designated camping areas [14 CCR § 1402]
  10. Pets:
    1. Control: all animals must be physically controlled their animals (e.g. confined, placed in a vehicle, or kept on a leash no longer than six feet)
    2. Prohibited: noisy, vicious, dangerous, disturbing animal are NOT allowed   [14 CCR § 1424]
  11. Refuse: visitors must keep campsites free of refuse, which must be placed in designated receptacles [14 CCR §§ 1410 and 1421]
  12. Reservations: NOT available. Warning shot!!! It is unlawful to “reserve” a site by (a) having a person temporarily occupy the site until another party arrives, (b) placing equipment there prior to actual occupancy, or (c) any other means of obtaining a campsite prior to actually being there. [14 CCR § 1404]
  13. Structures: visitors are NOT allowed to erect any structures [14 CCR § 1410]
  14. Vehicles: allowed only for entering and exiting the area
  • Closures: may be ordered by the state forest manager or supervisors (1) in insure public heath and safety, (2) avoid interference with work (e.g. construction, research, timber management), or to (3) preserve or protect property. Warning shot!!! Notices may be posted anywhere that would reasonably notify the public. [14 CCR §§ 1438 and § 1439]
  • Definitions: examples include Campfire, Camping, Designated camping site [14 CCR § 1400.5]
  • Electronics: see “Noise” below
  • Firearms: see “Weapons” below
  • Fires (also see “Camping: Areas” above) [14 CCR § 1437]
  • Firewood: visitors may only gather dead wood lying on the ground, and may NOT remove it from the forest without prior written consent from the state forest manager [14 CCR § 1415]
  • Grazing: NOT allowed [14 CCR § 1425]
  • Horses: may not be hitched to any tree, shrub or structure if it would cause damage [14 CCR § 1425]
  • General Regulations for California State Forests for huntingHunting: allowed in accordance with Federal and State regulations except in areas closed to hunting, trapping, and/or use of firearms, e.g. portions of Tulare County, Mendocino County, and Shasta County (also see “Weapons” below) [14 CCR § 1435] [14 CCR § 1436]
  • Natural Resources: visitors are NOT allowed to
  1. Archeological features: collect or remove objects or things of archeological or historical interest or value or damage the physical location in which it was found
  2. Geological features: destroy, disturb, mutilate, or remove earth, sand, gravel, oil, minerals, rocks, or cave features
  3. Horticulture: plant, tend, or harvest any herbs, flowers, vegetables, or permits except as permitted under Section 1516(b).

[14 CCR §§ 1427 and 1417]

  • Noise: electronic equipment is NOT allowed if it can be heard more than 100 feet away (e.g. phonographs, radios, speakers, television [14 CCR § 1412]
  • Plants:
  1. Berries: non-commercial picking of annual fruits of native plants is allowed (blackberries, elderberries, and gooseberries)
  2. Damage: visitors are NOT allowed to cut, deface, destroy, or remove live trees, shrubs, and plants [14 CCR § 1416] [14 CCR § 1418]
  3. Pine Cones: non-commercial collection of empty conifer cones is allowed
  • Signs: visitors are NOT allowed to cut, carve, paint, mark, post, or otherwise affix any bill, advertisement or inscription [14 CCR § 1420]
  • Soliciting: requires a license from the state forest ranger [14 CCR § 1414]
  • Smoking: generally prohibited in non-smoking areas and from April through December [14 CCR § 1426]
  • General Regulations for California State Forests for trappingTrapping: allowed in accordance with Federal and State regulations except in areas closed to hunting, trapping, and/or use of firearms (e.g. portions of Tulare County, Mendocino County, and Shasta County) [14 CCR § 1435] [14 CCR § 1436] [14 CCR § 1435]
  • Trash: may only be placed in designated rubbish receptacles (e.g. ashes, bottles, broken glass, cans, and waste paper) [14 CCR § 1421]
  • Vandalism: visitors are NOT allowed to mutilate, deface, damage, or remove any table, bench, building, sign, marker, monument, fence, barrier, fountain, faucet, gate, lock, water storage take, or other structure, facility, equipment or property [14 CCR § 1419]
  • Vehicles: allowed only on designated roads and parking areas
  1. General Regulations for California State Forests for motor vehicles.Camping Areas: allowed only for entry and exit [14 CCR § 1433]
  2. Closed Areas: NOT allowed any road or trail that is posted as being closed to the public (e.g. bikes, jeep, motorcycles, and pickups) [14 CCR § 1431]
  3. Cross-Country: NOT allowed [14 CCR § 1431]
  4. Parking: visitors must comply with any restrictions that are posted [14 CCR § 1430]
  5. Speed Limits: observe all road signs [14 CCR § 1432]
  • Water Pollution: visitors are NOT allowed to pollute any spring, stream, or lake with any substances that would (1) cause it to become unfit for human consumption, (2) be harmful to fish or plants, or (3) change the way it looks (e.g. washing clothes or other materials, or disposing of human waste) [14 CCR § 1422]
  • Weapons: firearms, air or gas weapons, and bow and arrows may NOT be discharged as follows–
  1. General Regulations for California State Forests for archery.Campsites: within 150 yards of a designated camping area [14 CCR § 1413]
  2. Closed Areas: in areas closed to hunting, trapping, and/or use of firearms (e.g. portions of Tulare County, Mendocino County, and Shasta County) [14 CCR §§ 1435 and 1436]
  3. Risk of Injury: in the vicinity of camps, residence sites, recreation areas, or over any body of water adjacent thereto (e.g. lakes), if any person is exposed to injury [14 CCR § 1413]

 

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