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  • August 20, 2021
The Dixie Fire, burning a forested hillside along a river, already has claimed portions of Butte, Plumas, Tehama, Lassen and Shasta counties.

The USDA Forest Service has announced the temporary closure of nine national forests in northern California effective Sunday, Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 6 at 11:59 p.m. due to extreme fire conditions. A 10th forest, the El Dorado National Forest, was closed earlier this week due to wildfire.

Categories: Drought, FGC, Hunting, Lands, Wildlife
  • August 20, 2021
Coho salmon in water

Due to drought and poor water conditions at Lake Sonoma, thousands of juvenile coho salmon have been relocated from the Warm Springs Fish Hatchery in Geyserville. The fish were trucked to a conservation facility at a high school in Petaluma where they will be reared until conditions improve.

Categories: Drought, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • August 20, 2021

At the California Fish and Game Commission’s Aug. 18 meeting, commissioners discussed and acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources.

Categories: Scientific Study, Species, Wildlife
  • August 18, 2021
An angler shows off a black crappie caught a Central Valley reservoir.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has updated its recommendations for safely eating sport fish caught from lakes and reservoirs throughout California.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Species
  • August 12, 2021
State, federal and local representatives gather in Lincoln, Placer County, to celebrate and pose for a photo after the Western Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan's transition into implementation.

On July 22, 2021, federal, state and local partners held a signing ceremony in Lincoln to mark the Western Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan’s (HCP/NCCP) transition into implementation. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) approved the HCP/NCCP in April 2021.

Categories: Habitat Restoration, Urban Wildlife
  • August 11, 2021
California Department of Fish and Game, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration logos

CDFW and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.

Categories: Drought
  • August 10, 2021
razor clam in sand

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director has opened the recreational razor clam fishery in Humboldt County following a recommendation from state health agencies that the consumption of razor clams in the area no longer poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure.

Categories: Fisheries
  • August 10, 2021
ducks in flight

CDFW will hold an online outreach meeting for licensed hunters to take comments and recommendations regarding hunting programs on Type A Wildlife Areas in the Bay Delta Region. The online meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. using Microsoft Teams.

Categories: Hunting, Lands
  • August 6, 2021
A waterfowl hunter at the Little Dry Creek Unit, Upper Butt Basin Wildlife Area, picks up decoys in the marsh after a morning hunt.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will hold an online outreach meeting Thursday, Aug. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m., for licensed hunters to provide comments and recommendations regarding public hunting programs in the Sacramento Valley.

Categories: Drought, Hunting, Lands, Wildlife
  • August 5, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division is proud to announce Warden Jonathan Garcia as the 2020 Pogue-Elms Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award is presented by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and is considered one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon a wildlife officer in North America.

Categories: Law Enforcement

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