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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

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 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
  • July 29, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce the winners of Nature Bowl 2021: Family Challenge Edition.

Categories: Education, Lands, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • July 27, 2021

In the summer months, both bears and humans are active in the Lake Tahoe Basin, which means there is a lot to think about when living, visiting, or recreating in the area this time of year.

Categories: Human Wildlife Conflict
  • July 13, 2021

Due to drought and poor water conditions in the Klamath River, CDFW successfully relocated 1.1 million juvenile, fall-run Chinook salmon from its Iron Gate Fish Hatchery in Siskiyou County. The fish were trucked to a nearby satellite facility and to the Trinity River Hatchery 122 miles away where the fish will remain until conditions in the Klamath River improve.

Categories: Fisheries, Hatcheries, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • July 12, 2021
Ducks, geese and shorebirds fill the wetlands along the Auto Tour Loop at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County in the fall.

The auto tour loop along with some nearby hiking trails on the west side of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County will close for about two weeks in July to accommodate construction to improve water management, wildlife habitat and visitor experience. Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Parking Lot 14 and last about two weeks. The auto tour loop and nearby hiking trails are scheduled to reopen July 26, 2021, in plenty of time for bird watching during peak fall and winter migrations. Construction delays could impact the timing of reopening.

Categories: Grants, Habitat Restoration, Lands, Wildlife

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