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CCR 14 § 4306 – Plants and Driftwood

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California Code of Regulations, Title 14 – Natural Resources, Division 3 – Department of Parks and Recreation

Synopsis: The following regulation is what prohibits collection of dead wood from within California state parks, beaches, and recreations areas, for campfire use, or any other use…

CCR 14 § 4306 Plants and Driftwood

(a) No person shall willfully or negligently pick, dig up, cut, mutilate, destroy, injure, disturb, move, molest, burn, or carry away any tree or plant or portion thereof, including but not limited to leaf mold, flowers, foliage, berries, fruit, grass, turf, humus, shrubs, cones, and dead wood, except in specific units when authorization by the Department to take berries, or gather mushrooms, or gather pine cones, or collect driftwood is posted at the headquarters of the unit to which the authorization applies. Any collecting allowed by authority of this section may be done for personal use only and not for commercial purposes.

(b) No person may gather more than five pounds of such material except driftwood each day in the State Park System or State Vehicular Recreation Area and Trail System.

(c) No person may gather more than 50 pounds or one piece of driftwood each day in the State Park System or State Vehicular Recreation and Trails System.

(d) Use of tools, vehicles, and equipment for the collecting of driftwood is prohibited.

(e) Upon a finding that it will be in the best interest of the Department of Parks and Recreation, the District Superintendent may, by posting, authorize the collection of driftwood from specified units on a temporary basis, either by the general public or by commercial operators, if necessary, in quantities, for purposes, and by means other than as specified by this section.

(f) This section does not apply to activities undertaken by the Department in conjunction with its resource management activities.


Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 14, § 4306
Note: Authority cited: Section 5003, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 5001.65 and 5007.1, Public Resources Code.

1. Amendment filed 5-25-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 21).

2. Amendment filed 1-28-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 5).

3. Amendment filed 6-5-91; operative 7-5-91 (Register 91, No. 35).

4. Change without regulatory effect adding subsection (a)-(f) designators filed 6-18-96 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 96, No. 25).

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