CDFW Trout Fest Series Kicks Off in Central Valley

Media Contact:
Jana Leiran, CDFW Hatchery Interpretive Services, (916) 539-6644

Catch ’em, Clean ’em, Cook ’em and Eat ’em at Annual Fish Festival

As the trout season opener approaches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all to Trout Fest. KernRivRbwTrt

Trout Fest is a free community event that introduces families to the low-cost outdoor sport of trout fishing, as well as offering a view of California’s unique hatchery system and the role of native trout in California’s rich natural history.

“Beginner, novice and experienced anglers alike will find that this activity-filled day features something for everyone,” said CDFW Education and Outreach Director Kirsten Macintyre. “If you are looking to build your fishing skill set or find an enjoyable activity for the whole family, Trout Fest is a great place to start.”

In 2013, Trout Fest will be held at the following locations:

• Saturday, April 13 – Moccasin Creek Hatchery in Moccasin (Tuolumne County)
• Saturday, April 27 – Kern River Hatchery in Kernville (Kern County)
• Saturday, May 11 – San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant (Fresno County)
• Saturday, June 29 – Hot Creek Hatchery in Mammoth Lakes (Mono County)

Hours for all four events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with parking, admission and activities at no cost to the public.

CDFW staff and volunteers from local fishing groups will be on hand to teach attendees the basics of trout fishing, including how to rig a fishing pole, handle fish and clean and cook a fish. Pan-frying and grilling demonstrations will feature free recipes and samples. Fly-fishing groups will demonstrate the art of fly-tying, casting and catch and release techniques.

Additional information can be found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/Events/Trout_Fest/.

Natural Resource Volunteer Program Seeks San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay Area Residents

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve as team members in the Belmont and Monterey NRVP chapters.

“The natural resource volunteers do not have law enforcement authority, but they are trained to be educational ambassadors and to provide assistance and support for CDFW,” said program coordinator Lt. Joshua Nicholas. “The mission of the Natural Resource Volunteer Program is to provide conservation and enforcement education in public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW.”

CDFW will begin its NRVP training academy from May 21-23 in San Jose. Classes will continue one day each month from June through October. These positions are unpaid. Interested individuals go through a selection process, which includes an initial screening, application, interview and background check. If selected, individuals attend and complete an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 16 hours. Volunteers will work with a trained mentor to implement their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.

Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid CDFW staff.

Natural resource volunteer duties may include responding to human/wildlife conflict calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing CDFW at community outreach events, working on CDFW lands, ecological reserves, and coastal and inland fishing areas, and disseminating useful information to the public.

Further information and the application are available at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/. Applications are to be mailed to the CDFW Bay Delta Region Office, 7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 no later than April 19, 2013. Please contact Lt. Joshua Nicholas at (707) 944-5562 with any questions.

Media Contact:
Lt. Joshua Nicholas, CDFW Law Enforcement, (707) 944-5562
Warden Mark Michilizzi, CDFW Enforcement, (916) 651-2084

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Volunteers Needed for Bighorn Sheep Survey

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS) are seeking volunteers to assist biologists on March 9 and 10 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday).

No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on Saturday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Arcadia.

Volunteers will hike to designated observation sites in the San Gabriel Mountains early Sunday morning to count and record bighorn sheep. A representative from CDFW, USFS or the Society will lead volunteer groups. Participants must be at least 16 years old and capable of hiking one mile in rugged terrain, although most survey routes are longer. In general, hikes will not be along trails. Accessing survey points will involve scrambling over boulders, climbing up steep slopes, and bush-whacking through chaparral.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring binoculars or spotting scopes in addition to hiking gear. Mountain weather can be unpredictable and participants should be prepared to spend several hours hiking and additional time making observations in cold and windy weather. Volunteers will need to start hiking early Sunday morning. For volunteers who wish to camp, complimentary campsites will be available to volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis at the Applewhite Campground in Lytle Creek on the night of March 9.

Surveys for bighorn sheep in the San Gabriel range have been conducted annually since 1979. The mountain range once held an estimated 740 sheep, which made the San Gabriel population the largest population of desert bighorn sheep in California. The bighorn population declined by more than 80 percent during the 1980s but appears to be increasing now. Recent estimates have put the population at about 400 animals.

Please sign up online at http://www.sangabrielbighorn.org. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call either (626) 574-5287 or (909) 584-9012 to receive a volunteer packet.

Media Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944
John Miller, USFS Communications, (909) 382-2788
Norm Lopez, Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep,(805) 431-2824

DFG to Host Southern California Natural Resource Volunteer Academy

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG.

DFG is holding an NRVP training academy in Los Alamitos from April 19 to May 2, Monday through Friday. Graduates of this academy become volunteers for DFG. These positions are unpaid.

Interested individuals go through a selection process which includes initial screening, application, interview and background check. If selected, individuals attend an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 24 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor implementing their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.

Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid DFG staff.

DFG Natural Resource Volunteers have no law enforcement authority and are trained to be educational ambassadors for the department, donating their time in a variety of areas. Some of these areas include responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing DFG at community outreach events, patrolling DFG lands, ecological reserves, and coastal and inland fishing areas, and disseminating useful information to the public.

Applications must be received by April 13, 2012. Please contact Lt. Kent Smirl at (714) 448-4215 prior to submitting an application.

Further information and an application can be found on the NRVP website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.

Media Contacts:    
Kent Smirl, DFG Law Enforcement, (714) 448-4215
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

Department of Fish and Game and Fish and Game Commission to Recognize Outstanding Natural Resource Volunteers

Media Contacts:   
Kent Smirl, DFG Law Enforcement, (714) 448-4215
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will recognize 11 longtime Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) participants at a Fish and Game Commission meeting Thursday.

“This first-in-the-nation program is a testament that people want to invest in the conservation of California’s natural resources,” said Charlton H. Bonham, Director of DFG. “Every hour donated by a NRVP volunteer helps improve efficiency and support DFG’s operations and missions. These 10 volunteers have been with us since the program’s inception and we are truly grateful for their service.”

For nearly a decade, the NRVP has helped extend DFG’s capabilities by providing conservation and enforcement education in public service. The popular volunteer program offers opportunities for citizens to make definitive contributions toward the protection of California’s wildlife resources.

The program started in June 2002 as the Senior Volunteer Program for people over the age of 50 who wanted to donate their time and expertise. The first training academy in San Diego had just 14 students. Since then the program has expanded to all age groups and today there are more than 130 volunteers donating their time throughout the state. Collectively, NRVP volunteers have given more than 200,000 hours to the department, freeing up time for paid staff while passing on a legacy of conservation education to the public.

Eleven of the longest-serving NRVP volunteers will be recognized for their volunteerism and dedication to DFG at the Commission meeting. Director Bonham will highlight the program in his video Director’s report, followed by DFG Assistant Chief Tony Warrington introducing the volunteers. They are Ed Stotler of El Cajon; Joseph Costa of Chula Vista; Mary Roth of La Mesa; Bill Kuehl of Poway; and Ro Rozinka, Marvin Williams, Jon French, Tom Hampton, Bill Schuler, Tom Morrison and Roger Matthews, all of San Diego.

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, Shedd Auditorium, 2595 Ingraham St., San Diego.

For more information please see the NRVP website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/nrvp.

For more information on the Fish and Game Commission please go to www.fgc.ca.gov.

DFG Seeks New Participants for Natural Resource Volunteer Program in Redding

Media Contacts:
Steven Stiehr, DFG Law Enforcement, (916) 358-1948

Patrick Foy, DFG Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095
 
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Redding area.
 
The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG.
 
DFG’s next NRVP training academy will be held in Redding in January 2012 followed by an Academy in Sacramento in February 2012 (training sessions will be held on weekdays only). Graduates of this academy become volunteers for DFG. These positions are unpaid.
 
Interested individuals go through a selection process which includes initial screening, application, interview and background check. Selected participants attend an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 24 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor implementing their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.
 
Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public both in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid DFG staff.
 
DFG Natural Resource Volunteers have no law enforcement authority and are trained to be educational ambassadors for the department, donating their time in a variety of areas including responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing DFG at community outreach events, disseminating useful information to the public and patrolling DFG lands, ecological reserves and inland and coastal fishing areas.
 
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Please contact Lt. Steven Stiehr at (916) 358-1948 prior to submitting an application.
 
Further information and the application form can be found on the NRVP website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.

Wanted: Hunter Education Instructors for 2012

Media Contact:   
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908
Roy Griffith, DFG Hunter Education Program Administrator, (916) 358-2946 

 Volunteers with a passion for safety, ethics and sportsmanship need apply

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is currently seeking qualified hunter education volunteer instructors for its 2012 statewide education courses. 

Outdoor classroom setting for hunter education class

Students learning the basics of hunting safety and ethics

“There’s a long legacy of hunting in this great state,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “At the department, we’re going to continue to seek ways to manage our resources for hunting and fishing as well as improve access and opportunity. But we need help in cultivating the next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen who will step in our shoes once we have gone. We thank those that already volunteer to teach our hunter education courses, and we’re looking to recruit even more.”

In 2009, approximately 30,000 students completed the state’s 10-hour minimum hunter education course. The courses are offered throughout the state, on weekends and weekday evenings. The courses are taught by veteran hunters who volunteer their time to help ensure that the newest generation of hunters has a thorough understanding of safety, ethics and conservation.

“The backbone of California’s hunter education training effort rests on the volunteer instructors, who give their time, passion and energy to the program,” said Captain Roy Griffith,DFG’s Hunter Education Program Administrator. “These dedicated individuals have passed on a tradition and trained well over one million outdoor enthusiasts since the start of the program. As a result, they have increased safety and conservation within the community.”

To become a hunter education instructor, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Successfully complete the hunter education course prior to submitting an application
  • Have not have been convicted of any felony
  • Completed a course of study prior to taking a supervised examination covering the basic topics of hunter education

The testing process to become a certified instructor takes about two hours and applicants must score a minimum of 80 percent. After passing the exam, the volunteer will take an oath and work with an experienced instructor before leading their own class.

To retain current Hunter Education Instruction (HEI) certification, an instructor must teach one class per year and attend one conference. More information on the requirements can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered.

DFG to Host San Diego Natural Resource Volunteer Academy

Media Contacts:
Kent Smirl, DFG Law Enforcement, (714) 448-4215
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944
 
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in San Diego County.
 
The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG.
 
DFG’s next NRVP training academy will be held in San Diego from Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 (training sessions will be held on weekdays only). Graduates of this academy become volunteers for DFG. These positions are unpaid.
 
Interested individuals go through a selection process which includes initial screening, application, interview and background check. Selected participants attend an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 24 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor implementing their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.
 
Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public both in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid DFG staff.
 
DFG Natural Resource Volunteers have no law enforcement authority and are trained to be educational ambassadors for the department, donating their time in a variety of areas including responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing DFG at community outreach events, disseminating useful information to the public and patrolling DFG lands, ecological reserves and inland and coastal fishing areas.
 
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Please contact Lt. Kent Smirl at (714) 448-4215 prior to submitting an application.
 
Further information and the application form can be found on the NRVP website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.
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