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Hi Guys,

We need to keep the pressure on Fish & Game about the proposed changes in land use regulations for state wildlife areas and other DFG managed lands.

The Commission is meeting this Wednesday in Eureka. The meeting will be at the Red Lion Hotel, 1929 4[SUP]th[/SUP] Street, Eureka, at 1:00 pm. If you can make the meeting, or can get someone you know to go to the meeting, please do it.

This is not on the agenda, but you can talk about it in the Public Forum, Agenda item #1. The vote on this is scheduled for 20[SUP]th[/SUP] of June at Mammoth Lakes. This is the last chance to address the Commission before they are supposed to vote on this.

The problem is that this will be an up or down vote on the whole regulatory package. The Commission cannot pull out parts they do not like, but must vote to adopt it all or reject it all. Unfortunately, there are some things included in the package which are good and need action.

But there are too many parts that are very bad for dog training, testing and trialing on state land. So we need to let the Commission know there are simply too many problems to let this go forward as is. The worst part is that it reverses the current position on dogs on wildlife areas from one of inclusion to one of exclusion.

If adopted, dog training will be restricted to those areas which have training areas currently listed in the code, and trials will be restricted only to areas with existing training areas. This is a significant change from the existing code which does NOT prohibit training or trials on lands not currently listed in code.

If adopted the way the new regulations are worded, you could buy a “special permit” for a wedding or a marathon any wildlife area (if approved), but you can’t even apply for a ‘special permit’ for anything with dogs on an area without a preexisting training area. Even if whatever you wanted to do would not have a negative impact, if has to do with dogs, you can’t even be considered for a permit.

If you want more information, please PM me.

Florence
 

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Florence,

Thank you for keeping all of us up to speed on what is happening.
 
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