Help California Wildlife Officers: Buy a $5 Warden Stamp

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is encouraging folks to buy a $5 Warden Stamp to help provide funding for programs for the state’s wildlife officers.

By purchasing a Warden Stamp, you can show your support for the important work wildlife officers do. The CDFW says every day wildlife officers are on the land, in the air and on the water working to protect California’s valuable natural resources.

Tom's News Item on California Warden Stamp 1-16 2016WardenStampA Warden Stamp is a decal (see left image) that can be proudly displayed on vehicles or other items.

All funds raised from the sales of the stamp go to purchase:

  • New communications and surveillance devices
  • Protective equipment
  • Training in specialized areas
  • New law enforcement programs, such as the CDFW’s K-9 Program

The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs.

CDFW says wildlife crimes are on the rise and becoming more complex to solve. With approximately 400 wildlife officers in the state patrolling 159,000 square miles of natural habitat, the job is extremely demanding. Officers must perform a number of roles including catching poachers, eradicating illegal marijuana grows, responding to oil spills, providing public safety, educating the public, and much more.

Facts:

  • Wildlife officers protect more than 1,000 native fish and wildlife species, 6,300 native plant species and 360 threatened or endangered species.
  • Wildlife officers patrol about 400 square miles of land per officer.
  • Wildlife officers keep watch over 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs, and 80 major rivers.
  • Wildlife officers patrol on foot, by plane, boat, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and even on horseback.
  • There is approximately one wildlife officer for every 100,000 Californians.

The 2016 California Warden Stamp is AVAILABLE NOW ONLINE. It’s also available at CDFW regional and licensing offices. Past years’ stamps remain available as well.

 

Click here for more information on the program!

 

(Top Photo: Wildlife officers patrol on foot, by plane, boat, ATVs, snowmobiles, and even on horseback. Photo courtesy of CDFW)

Guide Outdoors Readers: One officer patrols 400 square miles? Do you think California should hire more Wildlife Officers so it can step up enforcement? Or do you think the number they have is sufficient?

 

 

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