Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are enjoyed by a wide variety of visitors: hikers, birdwatchers, photographers, wildflower enthusiasts, hunters, anglers (people who fish), and more. However, most of the funding used to manage these properties come from two types of visitors: hunters and anglers. To engage all visitors in supporting the areas they appreciate, CDFW has implemented a Lands Pass Program on a limited number of properties since the early 1990s. With recent direction from the Legislature, this program is expanding to 43 properties by 2018.
Yes, a person can visit multiple lands pass properties during the date that their daily lands pass is valid, and annual lands passes are good on all lands pass properties.
Fish and Game Code (Code), Section 1765, established base fees for lands passes in 1988. Code Section 713, directs CDFW to adjust the fee for inflation and round it to the nearest twenty-five cents. Section 700.4 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations requires that CDFW add a 3% “application fee” on top of the base fee to pay for the Automated License Data System. The law does not authorize CDFW to round the application fee; therefore, lands pass fees are not rounded. Additionally, license agents are authorized to charge a 5% agent handling fee to the base fee for the service they provide.
Yes, the regulations require that a visitor have their hunting or fishing license with them in order to be exempt from the lands pass requirement (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 550.5(c)(11)).
No. Annual lands passes should never be heat laminated as this will destroy the pass. If exposed to extreme heat, the pass will darken. This is also true for either type of lands pass when purchased in-person from a license sales agent or CDFW license office. However, a discolored pass is still valid as long as the text and signature are readable.
No. A lands pass cannot be substituted for the daily or seasonal hunting pass that is required for hunting on Type A or Type B wildlife areas.
All revenue from the sale of the lands passes is deposited in a dedicated CDFW account known as the "Native Species Conservation and Enhancement Account" and is only available for the management and operation of Department lands. To the extent that CDFW is able to identify where the lands passes are used, it is required to spend no less than 35 percent of the revenue on those properties. This is why, during the process to purchase daily lands passes, CDFW requests the name of the property where the pass will be used (providing that information is optional).
Not while they are volunteering. If CDFW volunteers or staff visit a lands pass property on a day-off, they are expected to carry a lands pass, hunting license, or fishing license.
Yes, pre-school through college and university classes are considered school groups, as well as school science or environmental clubs.