Newest Warden Stamp Commemorates 150 Years of Wildlife Conservation and Management, Now Available for Purchase

Press release from CDFW:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released its 2021 Warden Stamp, a decal sticker that is an annual tradition for the department and collector’s item for many Californians.

The 2021 stamp commemorates the 150-year anniversary of both CDFW and the California Fish and Game Commission. The stamp features the sesquicentennial CDFW wildlife officer badge and silhouettes of California conifer trees along with the CDFW bear that has been used on badges and department logo shields for decades. The 2021 stamp can now be purchased at the CDFW website for just $5.

“After a year like 2020, we knew the 2021 stamp should celebrate the essential work our department and wildlife officers have been doing for 150 years,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “The purchase of this stamp will show continued support for CDFW’s efforts to manage and protect California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources.”

The Warden Stamp Program was started in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers (formerly called wardens) and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs. Since 1871, wildlife officers have been dedicated to being CDFW’s “boots on the ground” when it comes to maintaining the balance of the state’s many plants and animal species. During the first several decades, they worked to keep species such as tule elk, sturgeon, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep from going extinct in California.

The first two full-time wardens in 1871 were appointed to patrol San Francisco Bay and the Lake Tahoe area. Patrolling on foot, horseback or sailboats (because the internal combustion engine was still decades away from being used), wardens patrolled with very little resources or support.

In 2021, there are now approximately 465 wildlife officers that protect California’s 159,000 square miles and 200 miles out to sea. Though their primary function is to enforce California’s Fish and Game Code, they may be called upon to enforce any of California’s laws. They also collect and report information on the conditions of fish and wildlife and their habitat for management decisions, and represent CDFW at local schools, meetings of hunting and fishing clubs, along with other community events. They also help promote and coordinate various hunter education programs.

Wildlife officers still patrol on foot and on horseback, but now also by plane, boats and in a variety of vehicles. Although their main objectives of protecting California’s plants and animals remains the same, threats to native species are always evolving. From the growing threat of wildfires, internet wildlife traffickers and learning to navigate through a global pandemic – CDFW wildlife officers remain committed to being the stewards of the Golden State’s natural resources. Please continue to support wildlife officers and their mission by purchasing the 2021 Warden Stamp.

To view an image of the 2021 Warden Stamp, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/warden-stamp.

To purchase the stamp, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.

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Trashman
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Trashman
3 years ago

They try to enforce some incredibly stupid laws.

Were gettin it with no lube
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Were gettin it with no lube
3 years ago

Won’t be supporting fish and Wildlife, theyve become an enemy of the people out to extort,extort,extort !!!!! They might be doing good things 30% of the time . but the rest of the time

Jeffersonian
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Jeffersonian
3 years ago

Just another self masturbation for an incredibly inept department of fish and wildlife who has done such a poor job in wildlife restoration their license revenue has been cut in half.

cu2morrow
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cu2morrow
3 years ago

wonderful !

Big Bang
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3 years ago

Considering the egregious wanton rape of our watersheds, due mostly to pot grows, it would be a heartbreaking job to see that shit everyday. The average warden could really give a rats rump about weed, but dammed creeks with a poison infusion that fucks up every life form downstream, laced hotdogs, piles of whippit cans, makeshift latrines that dump shit straight into the river, diesel spills, and just trashed shorelines would piss off any normal decent person. Go on a ridealong with a warden, see for yourself the ruination they witness. Let the “farmer”
pile-on begin in 3,2,1…

Farce
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Farce
3 years ago
Reply to  Big Bang

I’m glad when they do that! But …3-2-1-they have spilled over into extortion and support of the governor’s progrom of corporate takeover. Here in RHB we have seen them use old photos (and photos from other grows!) in their press releases to showcase the destruction and justify their actions. They could be heroes but they have aggressively overstepped and have become an instrument of oppression. They have compromised their decades of earned respect in protecting wildlife by becoming agents of the corporate eradication plan. Ran into one on my road recently and stopped to talk- he felt he had to point out that he was not one of the assholes and was only there to count fish (no- don’t think he was intimidated by my “peace on earth” tie dye or my friendly demeanor) So- even the guys working there know that there is a problem with their new direction!

Martin
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Martin
3 years ago

I don’t hold the CDFW in to of a high ranking. Don’t hardly ever see them when I am fishing, hunting etc. When I was a young boy in the 50’s they were better Warden’s, but few and far between. If they knew you on a personal level they would just turn a blind eye at what you were doing, illegal or not. Their main thrust today is the mighty dollar. Licenses and tags are going up every year. They have regulation books that take an attorney to understand, ammo laws and certain fishing gear rules that make no sense. Even changing their name from CDFG showed me the writing on the wall.

Farce
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Farce
3 years ago
Reply to  Martin

They are now the enforcement agency of unpermitted marijuana grows large and small. That’s where a huge revenue stream comes to them. They were respected. Now they are out of focus from their original mission. It’s sad. I’ve even seen them involved in weed busts in town where there was zero wildlife to be had…writing new regulations on the spot, excessively fining on new offences and really backing up Governor French Laundry on his corporate takeover of the weed game. Seems more $$$-driven than protecting wildlife anymore…okay- sometimes they help take out very destructive grows. I’m in support there. But they have spilled into becoming a dollar-driven enforcement agency bent on eradication of all who will not submit to the corporate takeover