Sean Allen, CDFW Central Region, (209) 826-0463
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Central Region is planning a meeting on Aug. 16 in Los Banos to discuss various impacts of the statewide drought on Type A wildlife areas.
CDFW is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Grassland Water District to provide licensed hunters with updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to Type A hunting programs on public lands and to allow them to make comments and recommendations. State wildlife areas to be discussed include Mendota, Los Banos, Volta and North Grasslands, including the Salt Slough, China Island, Gadwall and Mud Slough units.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grassland Water District Office, 200 W. Willmott Ave. in Los Banos.
Federal Refuge personnel will be available to speak about the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, including the Lone Tree Unit, and the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, including the San Luis, Kesterson, Blue Goose, Bear Creek and Freitas units. Grassland Water District staff will make a presentation on refuge water supply and impacts to private wetlands within the Grasslands Ecological Area.
According to state law (Fish and Game Code section 1758), CDFW shall annually provide an opportunity for licensed hunters to comment and make recommendations on public hunting programs including anticipated habitat conditions in the hunting areas on Type A and B Wildlife Areas, as defined under the California Fish and Game Commission’s regulations, through public meetings or other outreach. In complying with this section, CDFW may hold regional meetings on its hunting programs for several different wildlife areas.
Please email Sean Allen (Sean.Allen@Wildlife.ca.gov) if you are planning to attend so that seating arrangements can be made.