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  • September 16, 2021
Heenan Lake Wildlife Area wooden sign that greets visitors to the area in Alpine County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has reopened 34 of its properties to public use as of Thursday, Sept. 16, following the announcement by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region lifting the closure of most California forests.

Categories: Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Lands
  • September 15, 2021

CDFW is offering technical assistance to cannabis cultivators with a new pilot program. The first of its kind Pop-up Shop is designed to review current or upcoming cultivation related projects and provides guidance on remediation projects or other construction activity with one-on-one assistance.

Categories: Cannabis
  • September 14, 2021
2020 winning painting by Buck Spencer of a mourning dove sitting on wire

CDFW Seeks Artists to Enter 2021-22 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest

Categories: Upland Game Bird Stamp
  • September 10, 2021
A single Canada goose stretches and flaps its wings while sitting on water.

CDFW has announced that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County will be closed to waterfowl hunting for the entirety of the 2021-22 season as a result of lost wetlands and waterfowl habitat due to drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • September 8, 2021
A four-point buck deer bounds across a grassy landscape.

CDFW is expanding the public hunting opportunities available within the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County to include, for the first time, three deer hunts this October.

Categories: Deer, Hunting, Lands
  • September 8, 2021
Three bears feast on food they pulled out of an unattended recreational vehicle after breaking into it in South Lake Tahoe.

Residents and visitors returning to the South Lake and West Shore areas of Lake Tahoe should be aware that bears have been seeking out human food sources during the evacuation and taking advantage of the lack of human presence. As you approach your residence, look and listen carefully for signs that a bear has been or is in your home. If a bear is in your home, call 911. Do not attempt to chase it out yourself. Your safety is your responsibility!

Categories: Bears, Fire, Wildlife
  • September 7, 2021
Image of California Floristic Province

California is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with more than 30,000 species of insects, 6,500 plants, 650 birds, 220 mammals, 100 reptiles, 75 amphibians, 70 freshwater fish, and 100 species of marine fish and mammals. We celebrate the unique diversity of living things found in our state, and encourage actions to protect them, on California Biodiversity Day, held Sept. 7 of each year.

Categories: General, Species
  • September 7, 2021
A lucky angler holds up  a large Chinook salmon caught on the Klamath River.

Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Lower Klamath River adult fall Chinook salmon quota below the Highway 96 Bridge near Weitchpec for the 2021 season as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Categories: Fisheries, Klamath Basin, Salmon, Species
  • September 1, 2021
Dixie Fire - smoke over trees

CDFW has closed 34 properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries due to extreme fire conditions. Effective immediately, these properties are closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 17.

Categories: Fire, Lands
  • September 1, 2021
Quagga mussel infestation shown on pipe

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels are reminding boaters to remain cautious over Labor Day weekend.

Categories: General, Invasive Species

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