Date: 12/30/17 11:55 am From: John Sterling <jsterling...> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
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> On Dec 30, 2017, at 11:13 AM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
> That's good to know. Did you get a one-day pass or annual? Do they sell both. I'd wondered how it worked with Elkhorn Slough, since they already charged fees for entry. (Maybe that was a Lands Pass all along?) I suppose those places with offices or kiosks can manage the pass business. Yolo is going to be a mess until the word gets out since there is no office or kiosk. Ironically, when I first got there on the 25th, it was closed completely (the upper gate was locked with a sign "no entry by car or on foot") but I could see people walking there with their big Black Lab, off leash chasing birds. When I went back on the 26th, my wife confronted a family with 3 off-leash terriers chasing birds. I wonder if they will be as good at enforcing Lands Passes as they are about monitoring the no dogs rule.
>> On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:43 AM, James Maughn <jamaughn...> wrote:
>> For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from the person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over. Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.
>>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
>>> I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.
>>> I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful, except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily, someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan. 1.
>>> While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands Pass program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed), there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these locations, if that applies.)
>>> The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else in your party.
>>> For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
>>> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass >>>
>>> Lee Jaffe
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