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CA – Hundreds oppose Anza-Borrego park rule changes

Hundreds oppose Anza-Borrego park rule changes

Many drive 85 miles to attend state parks public hearing

 — Hundreds of people packed a public hearing in Kearny Mesa on Wednesday to demand that access remain open to popular visitor destinations within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The hearing focused on a proposed rule change by the California Department of Parks and Recreation that appeared to prohibit off-trail access to cultural and natural preserves within the entire park system.

State officials say the changes won’t affect Anza-Borrego, however, because decisions on limiting access would be left to individual park districts — and the one that oversees Anza-Borrego doesn’t want the restrictions.

That didn’t stop roughly 250 people from flooding Wednesday’s meeting to argue against the proposed rules. The crowd was so big that some had to be turned away for fire safety reasons.

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