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  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 94. )

CHAPTER 1.25. Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation [5090.01 - 5090.65]

  ( Chapter 1.25 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 994, Sec. 11. )

ARTICLE 4. State Vehicular Recreation Areas [5090.41 - 5090.43]
  ( Heading of Article 4 amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 908, Sec. 11. )


The following lands within the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Area shall be managed, as follows:

(a) The division shall designate and set aside 280 acres for nature study, which shall be closed to the operation of off-highway motor vehicles. The division shall, in carrying out this subdivision, protect the natural and cultural values of the designated lands by taking appropriate measures, which may include the erection of physical barriers to off-highway vehicle use.

(b) The division shall identify approximately 395 acres as a “Buffer Zone” on the Record of Survey filed by the State of California with the County Recorder of San Benito County, California, on April 2, 1990, in the Book of Maps, Number 10, Page Number 79, plus the three southernmost areas, consisting of approximately 196 acres identified on Figure I-2, Page 5, Appendix, Environmental Impact Report for Acquisition of Additional Land at Hollister Hills SVRA, State Clearinghouse Number 88051716, which shall be closed to the operation of off-highway motor vehicles.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 798, Sec. 3. Effective September 27, 1994.)


(a) For purposes of this section, “land” means the land known as the “Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area,” which encompasses approximately 3,100 acres in the County of Alameda and is currently part of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.

(b) (1) The department shall use the designation process, pursuant to Article 1.7 (commencing with Section 5019.50) of Chapter 1, and planning process, pursuant to Section 5002.2, to determine the best use of the land. The land shall not be designated as a state vehicular recreation area, as defined in Section 5090.14.1.

(2) One million dollars ($1,000,000) shall be transferred from the General Fund to the State Parks and Recreation Fund, established pursuant to Section 5010, to be used for the purposes of paragraph (1).

(c) (1) Twenty-nine million eight hundred thousand dollars ($29,800,000) shall be transferred from the General Fund to the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, established pursuant to Section 38225 of the Vehicle Code, to be used in accordance with this chapter, including the acquisition and development of properties to expand off-highway vehicle recreation and where quality recreation opportunities for off-highway motor vehicles may be provided.

(2) When considering acquisition and development of properties to expand off-highway vehicle recreation opportunities, the department may prioritize properties that have potential to serve large urban areas such as the Bay Area and Central Valley, offer potential recreational opportunities for off highway vehicle recreation, and potential opportunities for motorized access to nonmotorized recreation. Properties for consideration may include areas within existing State Parks and State Recreation Areas, including, but not limited to, Henry Coe State Park. The department shall not consider the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area in this process.

(Added by Stats. 2021, Ch. 258, Sec. 21. (SB 155) Effective September 23, 2021.)


(a) State vehicular recreation areas consist of areas selected, developed, and operated to provide off-highway vehicle recreation opportunities. State vehicular recreation areas shall be selected for acquisition on lands where the need to establish areas to protect natural and cultural resources is minimized, the terrain is capable of withstanding motorized vehicle impacts, and where there are quality recreational opportunities for off-highway motor vehicles. Areas shall be developed, managed, and operated for the purpose of providing the fullest appropriate public use of the vehicular recreational opportunities present, in accordance with the requirements of this chapter, while providing for the conservation of cultural resources and the conservation and improvement of natural resource values over time.

(b) After January 1, 1988, no new cultural or natural preserves or state wildernesses shall be established within state vehicular recreation areas. To protect natural and cultural resource values, sensitive areas may be established within state vehicular recreation areas where determined by the department to be necessary to protect natural and cultural resources. These sensitive areas shall be managed by the division in accordance with Sections 5019.71 and 5019.74, which define the purpose and management of natural and cultural preserves.

(c) If off-highway motor vehicle use results in damage to any natural or cultural resources or damage within sensitive areas, appropriate measures shall be promptly taken to protect these lands from any further damage. These measures may include the erection of physical barriers and shall include the restoration of natural resources and the repair of damage to cultural resources.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 459, Sec. 14. (SB 249) Effective January 1, 2018.)

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