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A Letter from The Department of Fish and Wildlife

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STORY:  Department of Fish and Wildlife sends a letter to a

home/landowner asking for permission to access a creek on their property to

document the decline in a certain species of unheard of frogs.

*****The homeowners response in the second letter is EPIC*****

 

 

Letter From    Dept. of Fish & Wildlife:

 

Dear Landowner:

 DFW Staff will be conducting surveys for foothill yellow-legged

frogs & other amphibians over the next few months. As part of this research

we would like to survey the creek on your property. I am writing this letter

to request your permission to access your property.

 

 Recent research indicates that foothill yellow-legged frogs have

declined significantly in recent years and are no longer found at half their

historic sites. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated and will help

contribute to the conservation of this important species

 

 Please fill out the attached postage-paid postcard and let us know if

you are willing to let us cross your property or not.

 If you have any concerns about this project please give us a call.

We would love to talk with you about our research.

 

Sincerely 

Steve XXXXXX

Conservation Strategy Implementation Biologist

 

 

********RESPONSE FROM LANDOWNERS:  ********

 

Dear Mr. XXXXXX

 

Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to

survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this

matter.

 

 We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a

draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you

purchase the Frog Survey License ($120.00 resident / $180.00

Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a Frog Habitat parking

permit ($10.00 per vehicle).

 

 You will also need an Invasive Species stamp ($15.00 for the

first vehicle and $5.00 for each addl vehicle) You will also want to

register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native

plant life prior to entering our property.

 There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.

 If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in

advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your Creek Habitat

stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident).

 Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence

survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.

 

Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2 diameter made of 100%

organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18 handle, non-weighted and

no deeper than 6 from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made

of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles.

 

  After 1pm you can use a net with a 3 diameter if you purchase the

Frog Net Endorsement ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs

captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release

device back into the environment unharmed.

 

 As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our Premium Survey

units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees

can be waives if you can verify Native Indian Tribal rights and status.

 

You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of

Frog Surveys and You comprehensive course on frog identification, safe

handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks.

 

 This course is offered online through an accredited program for a

nominal fee of $750.00.

 

 Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we

decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.

 

Sincerely,

Larry & Amanda XXXXXXX

:mini-frog13::mini-frog13::mini-frog13:

 

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Anybody who has ever hunted, fished, hiked, swam, or camped on government land can relate to this.

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I know it isn't true, most likely but all i can think of is that the guy who owns the land is a dick.

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15 minutes ago, flyfisher said:

I know it isn't true, most likely but all i can think of is that the guy who owns the land is a dick.

Yep..and I love it.

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Maybe it's true, or maybe not.  But I really don't care, that is the funniest thing I've read all week.:hahaha-024:

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That's great!

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This is great. In a perfect world, the fees we do pay are a great thing. To help conserve our game and land. Re-stocking of loved species and keeping poachers from doing what they do. But. Everything is so corrupt. And it's obvious they're lazy. It's all about the money. For the king pins new marina while I can hardly afford a tiny boat from 1953 

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No idea if that's legit, but either way that's great!

 

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Lol thats awesome! Guess they didnt get to survey his creek!

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13 hours ago, flyfisher said:

I know it isn't true, most likely but all i can think of is that the guy who owns the land is a dick.

I would call him a poet.....great response.

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A classic.

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12 hours ago, Jtrout said:

Lol thats awesome! Guess they didnt get to survey his creek!

More than likely, they conducted an interagency feasibility study spanning several years and and costing many hundreds of thousands of dollars to determine their various options.  Then, a new regional superintendent would cancel the study.

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1 hour ago, Torn Thumb said:

This is Massachusetts all day.

Yes, indeed. I live right on the border-near Athol/Orange. I feel bad for those of you in Western Mass. You really get hammered with taxes and laws compared to NH.

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