Media Contact: Carol Singleton, CDFW Communications, 916-322-8962
If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has some suggestions. The 2014 Warden Stamp, a decal that can be displayed on vehicles and other items to show your support for California’s wildlife officers, is now available online for a donation of just $5. In addition, CDFW’s award-winning publication Outdoor California is holding a special offer. Anyone who renews or purchases a new subscription in December and January can gift another subscription to a friend or family member at half the normal price. If there’s an angler on your list, consider purchasing a fishing license gift voucher for $46.44. All items are available for purchase online at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.
The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs. There are fewer than 400 wildlife officers (formerly called wardens) to patrol and protect 159,000 square miles of California’s natural habitat. All funds raised from the sales of the stamp go to purchase essential law enforcement equipment for wildlife officers and to support CDFW’s K-9 program.
“From catching poachers to stopping polluters, wildlife officers put their lives on the line every day to protect California’s natural resources,” said Chief Mike Carion of CDFW’s law enforcement division. “Due to funding levels, our enforcement staff often lacks the necessary equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently.”
CDFW’s Outdoor California magazine celebrates the state’s natural habitat and wildlife with compelling features and stunning photography. The bi-monthly magazine offers behind-the-scenes access to the fascinating work of department environmental scientists and chronicles enforcement cases brought by CDFW wildlife officers in the Thin Green Line feature. The special holiday voucher will be sent in the current magazine and the January/February issue. Those who purchase the magazine in December and January through the Department’s online service will receive a gift voucher in the mail that they can fill out and send back along with the payment. Contact Editor Troy Swauger at (916) 322-8932 for more details.
To view an image of the 2014 Warden Stamp, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=75411