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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Day at Prairie City SVRA

Story from: Paul Veisze, Facilities Management Division

The California State Lands Commission, in cooperation with Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area managers and the DPR Enterprise GIS Program (eGIS), organized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) teams from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis on December 13.

Under virtually perfect sky and wind conditions, and with complete area control (Prairie City SVRA is closed to the public on Wednesdays), six UAS demonstration flights were witnessed by over 30 participants from state and local agencies.

Tabletop displays of UAS aircraft and sensors also illustrated diverse applications in agriculture, wildlife research, ecosystem monitoring, and mosquito and vector control.

Not since 2014, when Malibu Creek State Park hosted over 120 participants in a film-industry UAS demo, has there been as strong and positive a response to DPR involvement in these technologies. Look to the DPR eGIS Program for continued support of this important work for our department mission and that of our cooperating agencies. [Weekly Digest – 12/15/17]

Carnegie SVRA Has a New Electric Charging Station

Story from: Elise McFarland, Twin Cities District

Visitors at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area can now try out the park’s new electric charging station. The station is free to the public, and includes a 110-charging outlet. Cars as well as motorcycles can also use it, and we hope to see electric dirt bikes making good use of it in the future. The station is available during normal park hours, with the key available at the kiosk. [Weekly Digest - 12/8/17]

Prairie City SVRA Went to the Dogs!

K9 ArminStory from: Peter Ostroskie, Twin Cities District

Working with local Petco stores, Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area teamed up to create a new special event for the park, 4 Wheelers for Paws, on December 3. The event centered on the safety aspect with off-highway vehicles and dogs. This included training dogs on how to get into and out of vehicles, recall, and a positive rattlesnake aversion class.

During the event, participants were able to help build their best friends self-esteem by participating in a doggy poker run. The winner received a well-prepared gift basket, provided by Petco. Radio stations KNCI 105.1 and 96.9 the Eagle were both on hand as well to help promote the event on air.

Dogs and owners enjoyed the day at the park won some fantastic prizes. But those weren’t the only winners. Petco made a donation of items and money to the California State Park Canine Foundation, which helps support our officers and their four-legged partners in the field.

About 100 participants and 52 dogs were trained during the event. [Weekly Digest - 12/8/17]