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CWA eNews
May 6, 2002

Welcome to eNews, CWA's waterfowl conservation newsletter. If you are into California's ducks, their habitats, and hunting, CWA is your organization. Join today!

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In this edition:

•       FREE SUISUN MARSH FIELD DAY ­ FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
•       CWA VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED BY AUTHOR, ESPN
•       CWA OPPOSES CALIFORNIA TAX ON AMMUNITION
•       LAWSUIT THREATENS WILDLIFE HABITAT PROGRAM
•       TULE LAKE MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL
•       DID YOU KNOW?
•       CWA WEB POLL
•       UPCOMING EVENTS

****FREE SUISUN MARSH FIELD DAY ­ FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY****

If you and your family are looking for something fun to do, look no further than the Suisun Marsh Field Day on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This all- ncompassing event takes place at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Some of the highlights include dog trainers,decoy carvers, breeders, waterfowling supplies, wildlife art,raffle, auction, youth BB gun range, hunter safety information,junior duck calling contest and junior trapshooting. Lunch will be available for an additional charge. This is one of the greatest family events in the entire state, so don't miss it!
Entry and most of the activities are free of charge. For more information, call (916) 648-1406.
****CWA VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED BY AUTHOR, ESPN****
Volunteers are the backbone of any nonprofit organization, and CWA is no exception. At a recent CWA event honoring past directors and associate directors in Sacramento, noted author and outdoorsman James A. Swan was a guest speaker. Mr. Swan has written a very complimentary story on these important CWA volunteers and highlighted the California Wood Duck Program.
"CWA is not a large hunting organization, but its success illustrates the enormous  mount of grassroots volunteer spirit in the hunting community," said Swan.

To view the complete article, go to: http://www.espn.go.com/outdoors/conservation/index.html
under "columnists."
James Swan is the author of the book "In Defense of Hunting."

****CWA OPPOSES CALIFORNIA TAX ON AMMUNITION****
CWA strongly opposes SCA 12 (Perata) which, as introduced, would impose an additional sales tax of five cents on every piece of ammunition sold in California after January 1, 2003, for the purposes of financing a trauma center fund. Increasing funding for trauma centers is an admirable goal, but requiring hunters and sportsmen and women to pay for such costs is unjust.

The intent of SCA (Senate Constitutional Amendment) 12 is to cover the medical costs of the victims of illegal firearm activity in our state's urban areas. But SCA 12 would unfairly place the burden for financing the fund on the shoulders of law-abiding  portsmen and women. Imaging paying an extra nickel for EVERY round you use in the
field or at the range!

YOU CAN HELP! Plan on attending the hearing for SCA 12 when it comes before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on June 5 at the State Capitol, Room 4203 and voice your opposition!
If you can't attend the hearing, please write your state legislators and encourage them to oppose SCA 12. You can find your representative at http://www.calwaterfowl.org under "Government Affairs."

****LAWSUIT THREATENS WILDLIFE HABITAT PROGRAM****
A recent lawsuit filed against the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has delayed a project that would have provided valuable habitat for wintering and locally nesting waterfowl.  The restoration project came to an unexpected halt last month when the suit was filed by the California Farm Bureau Federation and the Colusa County Farm Bureau.  The lawsuit alleges that the project should have undergone a review to assess the impacts on the environment.  However, restoration projects such as this are typically exempt from the review process, and laws requiring such a review (e.g., CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act) were passed to assess the impact of projects (such as housing developments) that could potentially be
detrimental to wildlife habitat.
The owner is voluntarily restoring his property to wetlands and has been working with WCB, CDFG, CWA, and others for over a year developing a habitat plan.  WCB was planning to purchase a conservation easement on 235 acres of the property, money that the owner planned to use to improve farming operations on the rest of his family's ranch. This lawsuit appears to be an attempt by the California Farm Bureau Federation to draw attention to the continuing loss of farmland throughout the state.  However, an expanding population and urban encroachment, not habitat restoration, are the primary reasons why farmland is being lost.
To learn more about the benefits of WCB's programs, see the February/March issue of California Waterfowl, or visit their web site at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wcbhttp://www.dfg.ca.gov/wcb%5b/b%5d[/b]

**** TULE LAKE MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL****

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Tulelake! This fun-filled day will offer a multitude of activities, including bus tours of local wildlife refuges, local history slide show presentation, bird house building, "Pin Sat" presentation, photo contest, kid's
coloring and art contest, Latin jazz music, and more. Presentation booths from CWA, Cal-Ore Wetlands, Lava Beds Resource Conservation District, Pheasants Forever, and the Klamath Audubon Society will also be present. The Tule Lake Migratory Bird Festival will be held at the Tulelake/Butte Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 11, at 9:00 a.m.
DID YOU KNOW?
CWA monitors nearly 500 state and federal bills that could potentially affect hunting and firearm ownership.
CWA WEB POLL
Don't forget CWA's Web Poll, located at http://www.calwaterfowl.org.://http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wcbhttp://www.calwaterfowl.org</...lwaterfowl.org.</a>[/b]
This week's question:
"Do you favor extending the waterfowl hunting season to the end of January EVEN if it results in regulations with fewer days of hunting?"
The previous poll asked, "What do you feel constitutes a quality hunting program at a public area?"
No Overcrowding ­ 55%
Permanent Blinds in Public Hunting Areas ­ 18%
Free Roam Areas ­ 7%
Draw Blinds ­ 6%
Handicap Accessible ­ 5%
Ample Decoy Spread Space ­ 4%
UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY 9       Folsom CWA Dinner. Scott Mueller, (916) 648-1406
    10      Alameda CWA Dinner. Jim and Diane Bustos, (510) 521-1576
     11      Tulelake CWA Dinner. Nancy Kandra, (541) 798-5640
     18      Camanche Hills Sporting Clays Shoot and Banquet. Guy Benhase, (209) 748-               7566
     25      Patterson CWA Dinner. Glenda Dark, (209) 892-5252
For more information about a particular event, email
cwafund@calwaterfowl.org or visit http://www.calwaterfowl.org://http://www.calwaterfowl.org.://http...alwaterfowl.org</a>.. Thank you for supporting California Waterfowl Association.>
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