Why does the District require use permits?
The District's Basic Policy states that "the District will follow a land management policy that provides proper care of open space land, allowing public access appropriate to the nature of the land and consistent with ecological values." Accordingly, the District encourages low-intensity recreation such as hiking, nature study, and picnicking.
The District will consider requests for short-term use of lands or facilities for such purposes as runs, equestrian events, weddings, or similar activities. To protect natural resources and provide for the safety of preserve visitors, a special use permit will be required.
For any permit request, the District wants to ensure that:
- The activity will not have an adverse impact on the ecological or historical character of District land;
- Rangers are available in case of emergencies;
- The time, place and/or size of the event will not disrupt or interfere with the normal use of the site by other preserve visitors; and
- Scheduling conflicts are avoided, i.e. two large groups in the same place at the same time.