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No Golden Egg for the State of Oregon

The State of Oregon versus the Individual

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sent a letter to a home/landowner in Clackamas, Oregon asking for permission to access a creek on their property to document the decline in a certain species of frogs.
*****The landowners response in the second letter is EPIC*****
Dear Landowner:

ODFW Staff will be conducting surveys and recon for Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs & other amphibians over the next few months in Clackamas County.  As part of these surveys and research being conducted by the State of Oregon, we would like to access and survey the creek on your property.  I am writing this letter to request your permission as the land owner for ODFW staff to enter upon your property and conduct the State’s surveys and research.

Recent research indicates that the population of Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs has declined significantly in recent years and such species are no longer found at half of their historic sites.  Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated and will help contribute to the conservation of this important species.

Please fill out, date and sign the attached postage-paid postcard and let us know if you are willing to allow the State of Oregon, Department of Fish and Wildlife to enter upon your property in order to perform this important environmental work.  If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please call Thomas Vanderzanden in our Portland Office at (503) 227.7712 extension 224.  Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Steve Niemela
Conservation Strategy Implementation Biologist,
State of Oregon, Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

Dear Mr. Niemela:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding access to our property in Clackamas, Oregon to survey for the Yellow-Legged Frog.  We may be able to help you and the State of Oregon with this endeavor.

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 add ’l 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, tagged and put back into the environment unharmed.

By the way, 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 waived if you are related in any way to Elizabeth Warren or can verify “Native Indian” tribal rights and status.

Finally, you will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You”, a 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 request for access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Larry & Amanda Anderson.

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