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COUNTIES GET STATE DOLLARS FOR WILDLANDS

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Several rural California counties will soon receive a portion of over half a million dollars to be paid by the Department of Fish and Game in lieu of property taxes on lands managed as state wildlife areas.
 For 1993, the department will pay in-lieu fees amounting to $520,000 for state wildlife areas in 24 counties. Since the early 1970s, Fish and Game has paid counties in-lieu fees totaling more than $3.8 million. Fish and Game is the only state agency paying counties for "lost" property tax revenue.
 This year, for example, the state will pay _______________ County an annual in-lieu fee of _______________ for state wildlife areas found within the county's borders. (Editors: See accompanying list for counties and dollar amounts.) Money from Fish and Game in-lieu fees is used by counties to provide for a variety of governmental services.
 Fees for 1993 range from $858 for Inyo County to $61,000 for Lassen County. Six wildlife areas covering slightly more than 42,000 acres occurs in Lassen County. Fish and Game's Northern California-North Coast regional office in Redding administers a total of 31 different state wildlife areas within the district's eight counties.
 Throughout California, the department owns or maintains more than 500,000 acres of wildlife areas for the protection of wildlife and their habitat. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, outdoor photography, nature study, and other activities are permitted in many areas as long as they are compatible with the overall goals of species and habitat protection.
 More than 40 years ago legislation was enacted requiring the Department of Fish and Game to pay in-lieu fees to counties for lands taken off their tax rolls. These lands were commonly designated wildlife areas where the department derived revenue from hunting programs. The department currently pays in-lieu fees on designated wildlife areas, whether any income is derived from the sites.
 DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
 1993/1994 IN-LIEU FEE PAYMENTS
 Alpine County $ 43,003.59
 Butte County 36,974.88
 Calaveras County 7,620.58
 Colusa County 2,472.31
 Del Norte County 19,265.49
 Glenn County 46,706.71
 Humboldt County 28,495.87
 Imperial County 8,876.23
 Inyo County 858.20
 Lake County 15,363.27
 Lassen County 61,824.89
 Madera County 1,397.53
 Merced County 36,615.60
 Modoc County 32,454.70
 Mono County 24,788.10
 Napa County 5,138.81
 Plumas County 5,948.05
 Shasta County 4,276.17
 Sierra County 33,247.21
 Siskiyou County 46,234.47
 Sutter County 20,291.39
 Tehama County 4,733.11
 Yolo County 19,396.86
 Yuba County 14,015.09
 -0- 1/5/94
 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser or Lanny Clavecilla of the Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/


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