The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold four public meetings to provide information and gather public input about possible changes to public use regulations for CDFW lands. The properties affected are in Butte, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Riverside, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare and Yolo counties. (Additional information can be found on CDFW’s website.)
The focus of the regulation changes is the potential designation of nine relatively new properties as wildlife areas and ecological reserves. In addition, six properties will be considered for removal from the current lists of wildlife areas and ecological reserves, due to changes in management authority. Site-specific regulation changes are also under consideration for some existing wildlife areas and ecological reserves.
The meetings will be drop-in “open house” style with information stations and staff available to discuss the changes under consideration. They will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, June 18 California Department of Fish and Wildlife
South Coast Region Headquarters
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
Wednesday, June 19
Oroville Branch Library
1820 Mitchell Ave.
Oroville, CA 95966
Monday, June 24
Grassland Environmental Education Center
Los Banos Wildlife Area
18110 Henry Miller Ave.
Los Banos, CA 93635
Tuesday, June 25
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road)
Davis, CA 95618
Additional opportunities for public comment may arise when the changes are proposed to the California Fish and Game Commission this fall. For more information about the meetings, or if you cannot attend and would like to submit questions or comments, please contact CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Julie Horenstein at email@example.com.
At its June 2019 meeting in Redding, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) took action on a number of issues affecting California’s natural resources. Commission President Eric Sklar and Commissioners Russell Burns, Samantha Murray and Peter Silva were present. Commission Vice President Jacque Hostler-Carmesin was absent. The following are just a few items of interest from the two-day meeting.
The Commission voted to move the policy on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fisheries management from the Wildlife Resources Committee to the full Commission for further review and potential changes. Scores of Delta anglers were drawn to the meeting for this item because it includes policy regarding striped bass and predation concerns on salmon.
“We hear you. We see you,” Commissioner Murray told the crowd as she thanked them for their public engagement. Commissioners explained that in their review of that policy, they would consider the anglers’ concerns about lost striped bass fishing opportunity on the Delta.
The Commission voted 3-1 to accept a petition to list four species of bumble bees for protection under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The action begins a one-year status review of the species and following that review, the Commission will make a final decision at a future meeting. During the status review, the bee species have protections under CESA as a candidate species. Commissioner Burns was the dissenting vote.
The Commission voted 4-0 to accept a petition to list summer steelhead under CESA. This commences a one-year status review of the species and the Commission will make a final decision at a future meeting. During the status review, summer steelhead have protections under CESA as a candidate species.
The Commission consented to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s additional acquisition of 487 acres to expand the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
CDFW Marine Region staff informed Commissioners that effective July 1, 2019,electronic reporting of landing data is mandatory for fish businesses with a multifunction license, fishermen’s retail license or the fish receiver’s license who are reporting the sale or delivery of commercial fish landings. Two outreach events are scheduled for next week to assist businesses with this transition:
June 17, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at the CDFW Office, 32330 N Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg.
June 18, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Office, 601 Startare Dr., Eureka.
The California Fish and Game Commission was the first wildlife conservation agency in the United States, predating even the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. There is often confusion about the distinction between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Commission. In the most basic terms, CDFW implements and enforces the regulations set by the Commission, as well as provides biological data and expertise to inform the Commission’s decision-making process.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a series of statewide meetings to inform the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations.
“The California Fish and Game Commission directed our department to make the regulations and seasons more simple and easy to understand, while continuing to protect and manage the state’s trout resources,” said Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program Manager. “We look forward to explaining how these new changes came about, and how they could be implemented.”
The meetings will focus on the following key areas:
Objectives of the new regulation framework and species management goals
Parameters of the regulation standardization and consolidation process
Review of specific proposed changes to regulations
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 a regulation simplification package is developed for formal public review through the California Fish and Game Commission.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites Sonoma County residents to two upcoming public meetings to discuss the impacts of the drought on endangered coho salmon and other aquatic life. CDFW is urging landowners to commit to voluntary water conservation measures in critical watersheds as a necessary means to save the fish.
The meetings will be held in Occidental and Windsor at the following locations:
Thursday, May 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Salmon Creek Elementary School
1935 Bohemian Highway
Thursday, May 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mary Agatha Furth Center
8400 Old Redwood Highway
CDFW is working closely with several other agencies and organizations, including water interests, to develop strategies to keep enough water in the creeks to support coho salmon throughout the summer. Without major water-saving efforts, the fish will die from low water levels and high temperatures.
In addition to promoting water conservation, the department is asking landowners near Dutch Bill, Green Valley, Mark West and Mill creeks to allow CDFW personnel access to their property for continuing fish and creek monitoring. Fish rescue operations may be necessary later in the summer.
During the meetings, CDFW representatives will provide an overview of the drought and its impact on these watersheds, the department’s concerns and roles, and basic history and science of the species in these historic waterways. Representatives from local community resource conservation groups will provide information on water conservation strategies and technical assistance to landowners.
In April 2015 Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and called on California residents to reduce water consumption wherever possible. The State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with the Executive Order. The state drought web page can be found at drought.ca.gov.
For complete information and documents to download go to CDFW’s Voluntary Drought Initiative webpage at goo.gl/4rOjd0.
Media Contact: Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944
Media Contact: DFG Office of Communications, (916) 322-2420
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Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours, the first three weekends of each fall/winter month through February at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi. The docent-led tours start approximately 90 minutes before sundown and run to about 30 minutes after sunset. Pre-tour registration is required online at www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour and may be made up to six weeks in advance. Suggested donation is $10 per adult. The South unit of Woodbridge ER is accessible to the public at any time. It features informative interpretive panels, and viewing of sandhill crane ‘fly-over’ at sundown is common. The Woodbridge North unit (accessible only by tour) includes a bird-viewing blind and typically receives the ‘fly-in’ where the cranes come to roost for the night.For more information please visit the website or call (209) 948-7708.
Guided Swan Tours in rice fields near Marysville, Saturdays in November, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Driving tours along a short route with very little walking required. See tundra swans, ducks, geese, cranes, shorebirds, white pelicans, herons, egrets and raptors. Pre-registration is required on the DFG website, www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/SwanTours. Tours are free, but registrants are encouraged to make a donation online to the California Wildlife Foundation to support this program. For more information please call (916) 358-2852.
Weekends — Guided Wetland Tours of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at 3207 Rutherford Rd, Gridley (95948). On the Pacific Flyway at the base of the Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge WA is one of the premier birding spots in northern California. This public land provides appealing habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. Migrating ducks arrive through fall and winter populations grow to hundreds of thousands. Local experts lead a 0.3-mile stroll on a paved trail to an elevated viewing deck and discuss wildlife adaptations, natural history, conservation efforts and how to identify wildlife. Tours are included in the $4 entrance fee and self-guided visitors are also welcome. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Please make reservations for groups of twelve or more. Contact the Gray Lodge WA Naturalist Office for information or scheduling at (530) 846-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.
Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks, every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and more information at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.
Every Monday — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Help preserve natural habitat by doing seed collection, planting, trail maintenance and weeding introduced species. Details at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or www.elkhornslough.org.
1 — Port of Hueneme Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 1 p.m. at the Joint Operations and Security Center, 105 E. Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme (93041). For more information please contact Reuben Macaspac at (916) 324-0144 or email@example.com or Robin Campos at (805) 488-3677, rcampos@portofhueneme.
2-6 — Nimbus Fish Hatchery will turn on the water in the fish ladder on Friday, Nov. 2. On Monday, Nov. 5 they’ll open the trap to allow some fish up the ladder, and sort the fish they’ve trapped on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The public is welcome to come watch. More information is at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/Nimbus.
3 — Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knights Ferry Recreation Area, 12 miles east of Oakdale, off Hwy. 120. Free family event to celebrate the return of the salmon. Meet local DFG staff and learn to identify local fish species and the invertebrates they eat, and how they determine a fish’s age and monitor fish populations. Enjoy live river critters, music, fly casting, interactive exhibits, DFG videos, fish-print T-shirts and a salmon barbecue. More information at www.facebook.com/pages/Stanislaus-River-Salmon-Festival/210542636004.
3 — Fishing in the City: Bell Gardens Family Fishing Derby, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John Anson Ford Park Lake, 8000 Park Lane, Bell Gardens (90202). DFG will provide rods and reels for children 15 and under to borrow. Please bring a valid form of ID if you wish to borrow a rod for your child. There will also be a raffle. For more information please see www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/la/.
5 — DFG Climate College lecture: What’s happening? Projected climate change impacts to California and the San Francisco Bay region: 2C or not 2C, that is the Challenge.1 to 2 p.m. at Sacramento State University, Modoc Hall, in the Willow Room. The speaker is Dr. Tom Suchanek, Research Manager, Lead Scientist and Climate Change Coordinator for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center. The lecture will kick off a day of presentations on climate change projects in California supported by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). It will also be broadcast live via WebEx. Lectures are designed for DFG employees but open to our partners and the public. Please e-mail Registrar@dfg.ca.gov to sign up if not already registered for the course, and indicate whether you intend to participate in person or via WebEx. Please register at least two days prior to the lecture. More information is at www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College.aspx.
7 — Fish and Game Commission meeting at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport, 6225 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles (90045). Please visit http://www.fgc.ca.gov for more information. View or listen to California Fish and Game Commission meetings in real time via Internet webcasting.
8 — Teacher Workshop: Waves, Wetlands and Watersheds, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Rd., Newport Beach (92660). For both formal and informal educators, space is limited and registration deadline is Oct. 29. Participants will receive a free copy of the California Coastal Commission’s science activity guide for teachers, Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds. Learn how to use the guide, get an overview of the Coastal Commission’s other free educational resources and programs, and learn about environmental education programs and volunteer opportunities at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Professional growth credit offered through the University of the Pacific (when additional work is performed). For details and registration, please e-mail Annie Frankel at Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov. More information is also at www.coastforyou.org.
8 — San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to noon at the Pier 1 Conference Center, The Embarcadero, San Francisco (94111). For more information please see www.sfmx.org/support/hsc or call Jeff Cowan at (916) 324-6450.
10 — Public Tour of Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month. Tour the 16,000-acre Yolo Wildlife Area with an experienced field trip leader the second Saturday of the month from September through June. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, and wading birds. A $5 donation is suggested. Please call (530) 757-4828 the morning of the trip for a recorded message for trip cancellations. More information is at www.yolobasin.org.
10 — General and archery pheasant season, fall turkey season and the late dove season open. Please see complete regulations at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.
11 – Last day of recreational ocean salmon season from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the ocean salmon regulations hotline (707) 576-3429.
12 — State offices closed for Veterans Day holiday.
12 — Flyway Nights Lecture Series: The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley. 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area headquarters building. Enjoy a night of nature-related enrichment and inspiration. A $5 donation per person or $10 per family is suggested at the door. For more information please see www.yolobasin.org.
14 — Port of San Diego Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon at the Port Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego (92101). For more information, please contact Jack Prescott at the DFG Office of Spill Prevention and Response, firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 637-5570.
15 — Humboldt Bay Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. in the Woodley Island Marina conference room, Eureka (95501). Area Committee meeting follows at 1 p.m. Details at http://humboldtharborsafety.org or call Al Storm at (916) 324-6259.
17 — Fishing in the City kids’ fishing event, 8 a.m. to noon at El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach (90815). DFG will provide rods and reels to borrow for children 15 and under. Please bring a valid form of ID if you wish to borrow a rod for your child. A raffle will also take place. For more information please see www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/la.
22, 23 — State offices closed for Thanksgiving Day holidays
27 — DFG Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) Technical Advisory Committee meeting, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1700 K Street, Sacramento (95811). Please phone (916) 445-9338 for more information.
29 — Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento (95814). Room is subject to change. Please check the WCB website at www.wcb.ca.gov for updates and agenda.