Moving

I’m in the process of moving my blog to http://www.hunterlandowner.com where this blog will reside in the future. In the meantime, I’ll make most of my posts on the hunterlandowner site.

I’m also moving older posts to the new site one at a time, so this blog will eventually be depleted, but everything will still be there at hunterlandowner.

It will take a while, maybe even a year to complete this task. At the same time I’ll be working to create an advertising element to the website, hunterlandowner.com.

It is an exciting time for me and stimulating as I’ll be forced to learn a lot of new stuff in order to make this work. Please follow along.

Here’s to hoping that it really happens.

Gray Wolf Listing?

Wednesday will be a big day at the California Fish and Game Commission. The commissioners will get a chance to vote on listing the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf as endangered or threatened in California. It is interesting that this issue is before them as the gray wolf has not been in California for seventy or so years, that is until last year.

One radio-collared wolf entered California from Oregon and subsequently returned after a lengthy visit. The lone wolf apparently did not find what he was looking for – probably a female wolf.

Since the time that wolf entered California, the Center For Biological Diversity (CBD) has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) for listing of the wolf. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has recommended denial of the petition. For the last six months or so I have been one of the stakeholder representatives who have participated in creation of a wolf management plan, as a volunteer for the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF).

Under guidance from CDFW, many other conservation organizations have expounded on their opinions about wolves as well. Besides MDF, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and California Deer Association have been the represented. But other stakeholders such as the Cattlemen’s Association, the California Farm Bureau and Wool Growers are very involved. Non-hunting conservation groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and CBD have also participated.

Although the group is diverse and often has opposing views, the stakeholder group has provided useful comments to DFW in their effort to create a plan.

In my opinion, with no known wolves in California and a wolf management plan nearly complete, a vote for wolf listing on Wednesday would be a sign of incompetence, not just because of the due diligence shown by CDFW.

In support of their position not to list wolves CDFW Director, Charlton Bonham, has expressed a very clear and reasoned explanation. Wolves do not need to be listed as threatened or endangered in order to expand their territory and return to California naturally. In fact the last wolf to migrate to California demonstrated that. By giving the gray wolf a status as Species of Concern, wolves will be protected in California until such time as they meet population goals that are currently being developed. To list the wolf as threatened or endangered would only complicate the process of handling wolves.

Some fear that without the protection of the Endangered Species Act, wolves will be shot on sight. That seems unlikely as wolves are very seldom seen, let alone seen by somebody ready willing and able to break the law and shoot them. And, they will be protected by the classification they receive as a species of concern.

Are wolves endangered in California? Are wolves important in California? Does the public care about the cost of managing wolves? How will California wolves enhance our lives? On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Ventura, five people will decide for us. See the Director’s letter below.

Charlton Bonham wolf status letter

Caught In the Middle

I’m not used to losing control, but I have to admit that I have no control over my blog right now. The process of remodeling the site has me pretty confused, so I’m asking readers to be patient. You can go to http://www.hunterlandowner.com and see that something’s going on.

In the end this change will create greater access to material on my blog. In the meantime there will be some confusion.

R

Blog Changes Coming Soon

After more than six years of blogging as a WordPress free blog, I’ve decided it’s time to attempt to make some money by advertising. Who knows how productive that will be, but I’ve been told that there is currently a large enough volume of readership to make advertising worthwhile.

In May I’ll be hanging up my real estate license, so I’ll have time to manage the advertising. Currently I have a technician working on the changes to the blog software. The changes will  put management of advertising and any revenue it generates under my own control.

I’ll also be changing the appearance of the blog and it will be more closely tied to my own web address. Nothing should deter current readers from locating or recognizing the blog, but it will look different. I’d tell you more, but right now I’m struggling a bit with some of the details myself.

However, I have confidence that it will all work out.

One of the issues I’ll be working to resolve is to find out what type of advertising works best to go with my blog and it’s subject matter. I plan to explore several different advertising opportunities. I will work with companies that pay sites per click on the ad, such as GOOGLE. I will work with people who want me to promote their product in return for a fee.

However, I won’t do anything to disrupt the main reason I created this blog and that is to spread the word about land ownership, hunting and conservation. These are the topics that make me tick.

R