If they’ve got to go back to requiring permits for Vivian Creek, it’s great that it will now be a cap on people rather than groups. That makes a lot more sense. Also sounds good that they’re doing it by phone rather than the old mail/fax system, which was inconvenient and in my experience very unreliable.
Would probably make more sense if they would just focus on high-impact times and trails, e.g., Vivian Creek, summer, weekends. I often go running on Fridays from Vivian, South Fork, or Angelus Oaks, and there are few cars in the parking lot, so having to apply for a permit seems kind of like a pointless exercise.