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CDFW to Hold Public Meeting on North Central Region Type A Wildlife Areas

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold its annual public outreach meeting on April 28 in Gridley regarding North Central Region Type A wildlife areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations from the public and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on these public lands.

State wildlife areas to be discussed are the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area and the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Complex (Little Dry Creek Unit, Howard Slough Unit and Llano Seco Unit). The meeting is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. in the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area’s main office conference room, 3207 Rutherford Road, in Gridley.

CDFW’s North Central Region covers all or part of 17 counties in northern California and is one of seven CDFW regions in the state.

CDFW annually provides an opportunity for licensed hunters to comment and make recommendations on public hunting programs, including anticipated habitat conditions in the hunting areas on wildlife areas, through public meetings and other outreach.

Media Contacts:
Tim Hermansen, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, (530) 982-2169
Andy Atkinson, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, (530) 846-7500
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Public Comment Sought on Statewide Management of Trout

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be soliciting public comment and ideas on the statewide management of trout at a series of public meetings.

“We are seeking stakeholder feedback on the development of three important elements of our statewide trout management efforts,” said Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program Manager. “Our overall goal is make positive programmatic changes that will help ensure we’re getting the right fish in the right place at the right time.”

The three key areas for which CDFW are seeking input are:

  • The revision of CDFW’s Strategic Plan for Trout Management, last published in 2003
  • The creation of a new Strategic Plan for Trout Hatcheries
  • Simplification of inland trout angling regulations

Each meeting will include a brief presentation covering each area. CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas.

All stakeholder input will be taken into consideration as draft plans and a regulation simplification package are developed for formal public review. Stakeholders can fill out a short questionnaire online or at any of the following meetings:

Bishop
Place: Talman Pavilion, Tricounty Fairgrounds
Location: 1234 Fair Street
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Truckee
Place: Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room
Location: 10356 Truckee Airport Road
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Los Alamitos
Place: CDFW Los Alamitos Field Office
Location: 4665 Lampson Ave. #C
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sacramento
Place: Arcade Library Meeting Room
Location: 2443 Marconi Ave.
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sausalito
Place: Bay Model Visitor Center
Location: 2100 Bridgeway
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fresno
Place: Betty Rodriguez Regional Library
Location: 3040 N. Cedar Ave.
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Redding
Place: Redding Library Community Room
Location: 1100 Parkview Ave.
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More information is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Inland/Trout-Plan. Meetings are in-person only and no conference line or webcast will be available.

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Media Contacts:
Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program, (916) 445-3777
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (916) 323-1487

 

CDFW to Sell Fishing and Hunting Licenses and More at Del Mar Fred Hall Show

San Diego area anglers and hunters can purchase their 2018 licenses, tags and Warden Stamps directly from California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff at the annual Fred Hall Show this coming weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The show will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This show is a great opportunity for Southern California outdoor enthusiasts to talk directly with local CDFW personnel and have their individual questions answered,” said CDFW South Coast Region Manager Ed Pert. “Our biologists and law enforcement officers will be available all weekend to meet with the public.”

Licenses, tags and report cards will also be available for purchase, as well as the new 2018 CDFW Warden Stamp ($5). Warden Stamp sales help fund CDFW’s K-9 program and support purchases of enforcement equipment.

Attendees can learn how to become a wildlife officer by speaking directly with CDFW officers, including statewide recruiting officer Lt. Chris Stoots, at the law enforcement trailer. The trailer features fish and wildlife mounts and a free laser shot game. Attendees can also learn about historic fish-stocking procedures as a restored 1925 Dodge truck used by CDFW for transporting hatchery fish will be on display, along with a modern fish-transporting truck.

Also featured will be information on CDFW’s Fishing in the City and hatchery programs and a free youth fishing pond stocked with rainbow trout provided by the CDFW Mojave River Hatchery. Those who fish at the pond will receive a fishing passport book and official fishing passport stamps. CDFW Fishing in the City staff will teach casting skills to young anglers at a stocked bass tank, and bass-fishing professionals will provide tips and demonstrate their fishing skills.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 years and older, or $10 for military with ID (available only at the ticket window). Children under age 15 are free.

For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com.

Elusive Sierra Nevada Red Fox Captured in Tehama County

A Sierra Nevada red fox was captured in Tehama County last month by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists researching this rare sub-species of red fox.

The 10-pound male fox was captured on national forest land just outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park, near the town of Mineral. The fox was collared and released at the capture location, and CDFW biologists have been impressed by the distances it has regularly been covering despite rough terrain and high elevation.

“The data gathered during the capture and from the tracking collar will provide significant insights into the ecology of these foxes,” said CDFW Environmental Scientist Jennifer Carlson. “We have already been surprised by the large area the fox has been using and the distance it has traveled — it has averaged over seven straight-line miles per day in very rugged terrain.”

While Sierra Nevada red fox historically ranged widely in the upper montane subalpine zones of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges in California, in the past century its abundance and distribution has declined dramatically.

A state-listed threatened species since 1980, the Sierra Nevada red fox has been the subject of intensified study by CDFW over the past decade. The primary objective is to capture and affix GPS tracking collars to foxes to better understand the size and characteristics of the elusive red fox’s home range and habitat use, its denning sites and reproductive rates, and its health and disease ecology.

In 2008, CDFW used scat-detector dogs to survey portions of Lassen Volcanic National Park and the adjacent Caribou Wilderness. From 2009 to 2011, CDFW used trail cameras and hair-snaring devices to survey high-elevation habitats in the Cascade Range from Mount Shasta to Lassen Peak. At that point, foxes were detected solely in the Lassen Peak area, and the population is believed to consist of only about 20 individuals. Efforts to capture and collar them from 2013-2016 were unsuccessful, yet CDFW continued to document red foxes on trail cameras and to collect genetic samples from their scats and hair. CDFW hopes to capture and collar as many as four more red foxes this year.

The Sierra Nevada red fox is a distinct subspecies of red fox that occupies high-elevation habitats in California and Oregon. Other red foxes in California include the Sacramento Valley red fox, which occupies portions of the Sacramento Valley, and non-native red foxes that are widespread in low-elevation habitats.

For more information on the Sierra Nevada red fox, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/mammals/sierra-nevada-red-fox.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Carlson, CDFW Northern Region, (530) 225-2754
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

March 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased on-site). Groups of five should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

Weekends — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half-mile through this premier birding spot that hosts migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are cancelled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of fewer than 20 people. This land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the tours, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Various Days — Lands Passes Required on Certain CDFW Properties. Each visitor to a CDFW lands pass property who is 16 years of age or older must carry a lands pass while on the property. Visitors carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their own name are exempt from this requirement. School and organized youth group field trips are also exempt. The Lands Pass Program has existed on a limited number of CDFW properties since the 1990s. A daily (one-day) lands pass costs $4.32 and an annual lands pass for 2018 is $25.10. Revenue from lands passes helps support CDFW wildlife areas and ecological reserves. For more information, including which CDFW properties require a lands pass and purchasing instructions, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please contact Julie Horenstein at julie.horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — CDFW’s Annual Salmon Information Meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa (95403). The public is invited to attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California Chinook salmon populations and the outlook for 2018 ocean salmon fisheries. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented along with the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. The meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to establish annual sport and commercial ocean salmon seasons. A list of additional meetings and other opportunities for public comment is available on CDFW’s ocean salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon/preseason. For more information, please contact Kandice Morgenstern at (707) 576-2879 or kandice.morgenstern@wildlife.ca.gov.

2-4 — Fred Hall Central Valley Sports Show, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P St., Bakersfield (93307). Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors (62 and older), $7 military (with valid I.D.) and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/bakersfield.

3-4 — Bighorn Sheep Survey, Angeles National Forest. CDFW, the U.S. Forest Service and the Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep are seeking public volunteers to assist biologists with a sheep count in the San Gabriel Mountains. No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Arcadia. To signup online, please visit www.sangabrielbighorn.org. If you do not have access to the internet, please call (909) 584-9012 and leave a callback number to register.

3, 10, 17 — Elkhorn Slough Teachers on the Reserve Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). A one-day workshop offered three Saturdays in March that combine informative presentations with topical field activities to prepare teachers to lead school field trips to the reserve. Space is limited to the first 25 teachers who enroll. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development and for more information please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

6 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 10 a.m., Justice Joseph A. Rattigan State Building, 50 D St., Conference Room 410, Santa Rosa (95404). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

7-11 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (90802). Admission is $18 for adults, $16 seniors (62 and older), $14 with military identification and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/long-beach.

10 — Nest Box Survey, Orientation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). This free orientation meeting is required for participation in a field study. Crews of two or three collect detailed data that is used to understand and enhance the local wood duck population and other wildlife. The time commitment varies, but averages approximately four hours, twice a month, April through July. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee, 9 a.m., Sacramento County Board Chambers, 700 H St., Sacramento, California (95814). For more information, please visit  www.wcb.ca.gov.

21 — Last Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational and Commercial Fishing Season, statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

21 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). Dr. Dave Johnston will discuss “Recent Advances in Effective Bat Mitigation in California.” For more information and to register, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

22 — California Wildlife Conservation Board, 1 p.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). The board will consider projects proposed under the Streamflow Enhancement Program. For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.

22-25 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar (92014). Admission is $15 for adults, $13 seniors (62 and older), $10 with military identification and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/san-diego.

24 — 5th Annual San Joaquin River Fishing Derby, 7 to 11 a.m. with registration beginning at 6 a.m., Sycamore Island, 39664 Ave. 7 1/2, Madera (93638). The derby celebrates the San Joaquin River’s diverse fishing and recreational opportunities. Prizes will include an annual pass to Sycamore Island, a River Camp scholarship, river tours and a grand prize drawing for a California Lifetime Fishing License. There is no charge to enter the derby but participants must pay the regular Sycamore Island day use fee of $9 per vehicle and $5 per trailered boat. For more information, please visit https://goo.gl/5oXQBJ.

24 — Additional Spring Wild Turkey Season opens for Hunters with Junior Hunting Licenses (extending through March 25). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

24-25 — Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 25, Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka (96097). CDFW will be sponsoring its annual pond-fishing event for youths. For more Information, please call (530) 842-2767, email info@sisqfair.com, or visit www.sisqfair.com/sportsmenexpo.html.

31 — General Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens (extending through May 6). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

Media Contact:
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958