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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yolo County--Road 41 and trail updates...


An Update on 2009 Land Preservation in Yolo County


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009

Hello folks,
Hope everyone had a great holiday, and had a chance to get
outdoors. A couple of nice updates to report on the hiking front….
First, the Napa County Planning Commission has issued the Use Permit
for the Berryessa Peak Trail. So we expect to be building that trail
during 2010! Finally, unrestricted public access to Berryessa Peak!
Second, I did some re-flagging of the Pope Creek to Putah Creek trail,
so expect to hear about trail building dates for that Lake Berryessa
trail. We'll also be getting some dates out there for the trail
building on Yolo County's Otis Ranch. So it's been a busy month.

Lastly, I am happy to report that the application to abandon Road 41
has been rescinded by the applicant! Thank you all for your letters
and emails! All the Yolo County committees that heard the request
rejected it, and the Planning Commission rejected it unanimously. So
the dirt hiking route that is the road is still public.

On that note, I thought I'd pass along this information on your rights
when parking in rural areas. On Road 41, a landowner has been
approaching hikers parked along the side of the road and telling them
to leave, and that the property is private under the road. He has no
right to do this. The way things are in Yolo County, almost all the
County roads are public rights-of-way over private parcels. You can
park on County roads up to 72 hours, per Yolo County Code section
4-3.103. So be polite, be let him know he is wrong per that section
of County Code. This is a common occurrence in the County. We've had
County staff getting told they were trespassing while walking on Road
107 in the bypass, and folks told they were on private property while
hiking on the public road 53. All landowners backed off when they
realized that the hiker knew the law and that they were on public
roads. It's unfortunate but it is a common occurrence out there in
the Country, so know you rights, stay on public roads and land, and
you'll be fine. You want to stop and take a picture on the side of a
Country road, go right ahead!

See you on the trail!

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