Date: 11/11/17 11:51 pm From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] CDFW planned fees for ecological reserves
For those of you who don't keep up with the San Diego County board, Stan Walens posted today about planned fees for access to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Lands in San Diego County. This will have an impact on Orange County as well.
Some of you may remember a few years ago when Joel Weintraub relayed info about planned fees for Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. This obviously was never implemented, or at least not in any meaningful way, but is apparently now planned for January 2018. In addition to this there is now a fee planned for access to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve beginning in February 2018.
Fees for 2017 are $4.32 for a day pass and $24.33 for an annual pass. Given that these are essentially the same as they were in 2013, I would expect them to be more or less the same again in 2018. How these will be enforced in areas with no entrance gates and that are basically public access off of major thoroughfares, I have no idea. Random patrols and shakedowns?
Joel took it upon himself to write the local CDFW biologist at the time in 2013 to ask her questions about the program. I expect these are all still valid responses. I may ask her a few questions myself and will follow-up with any responses I get, if so. Here is his post from the time: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OrangeCountyBirding/ conversations/messages/7530