Thursday, June 16, 2016

Private Landowner's Permit Approval Process

An Oregon couple’s snarky response to an agency’s request for unfettered access to their property to research an endangered frog has gone massively viral – and the reason why is perfectly clear.

Larry and Amanda Anderson received a letter from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting access to survey the creek on the Anderson’s property to look for the foothill yellow-legged frog.

The letter states that the department is worried about the rapid decline of the yellow-leg frog population.

After reviewing the letter last week, the Andersons sent a reply to the agency, outlining the conditions under which they would consider the request.

The Anderson’s letter permits the state to enter the property and survey the creek, but unleash a torrent of bureaucracy that needs to be completed, including permits, applications, vehicle inspections, before any representative of the state is allowed on the property.

Once all of that is completed and approved, the Anderson’s detail what “survey gear” is permitted for capturing the frogs – specifically that the nets be made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle

You can read the full response here:

Dear Mr. Niemela:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter.

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.

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