If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has some suggestions.
The 2015 Warden Stamp, depicting the image of the iconic black bear, is a great way to brighten someone's holiday while also supporting California's wildlife officers.
For a donation of just $5, the decal can be displayed on vehicles, equipment and other items.
The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state's wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs.
There are fewer than 400 wildlife officers to patrol and protect 159,000 square miles of California's natural habitat.
All funds raised from the sales of the stamp go to purchase essential law enforcement equipment for wildlife officers and to support CDFW's K-9 program.
For the angler on your list, now is the perfect time to purchase a fishing license gift voucher for just $47.01.
CDFW fishing licenses are valid for the calendar year, so buying one early ensures you get to enjoy a full year of fishing.
From catching trout in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, to harvesting spiny lobster off the southern coast, California abounds with fishing opportunities.
In the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, there are striped bass and giant white sturgeon, and in the coastal and valley streams of northern California, steelhead trout provide an exhilarating challenge for anglers.
With more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 80 major rivers, and more than 1,100 miles of coastline, there are fishing opportunities for everyone.
And for those curious about the diverse work that CDFW does, consider purchasing an annual subscription to the department's award-winning publication Outdoor California for just $12, a 20-percent discount for the holidays.
Outdoor California magazine celebrates the state's natural habitat and wildlife with stunning photography and in-depth features. In the six issues that arrive with a year's subscription, subscribers receive a behind-the-scenes perspective into the fascinating field work done by environmental scientists and an up-close look at wildlife investigations conducted by dedicated wildlife officers.
Contact Editor Troy Swauger at 916-322-8932 or [email protected] for more details.
All items can be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Online-Sales .