by 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
30th Space Wing Public Affairs
2/28/2013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg leadership is scheduled to temporarily close sections of Surf, Wall and Minuteman beaches here Friday.
Beach restrictions are enforced annually on all three beaches March 1
through Sept. 30 to protect the Western Snowy Plover, listed as a
threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and its nesting
"We protect the snowy plover by employing beach closures, predator
management and habitat restoration to offset adverse effects of
recreational beach use during the breeding season," said Samantha
Kaisersatt, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron biological scientist. "Beach
closures include a prohibition on dogs, horses and kites."
Seasonal beach violations are limited to 50 for Surf Beach, 10 for Wall
Beach, and 10 for Minuteman Beach. Entry into any posted closed area
counts as a violation. If the specified violation limit is reached at a
particular beach, that entire beach will be closed for the remainder of
the nesting season.
Violators of beach restrictions can be fined up to $5,000 in federal
court. Violators of the Endangered Species Act (e.g. crushing eggs or
chicks) can face fines up to $50,000 in federal court and imprisonment
for up to one year.
During plover season, the general public can still find beach access
available at a portion of Surf Beach at the end of Highway 246.
Recreational beach access is also available at portions of Wall Beach
off 35th Street and Minuteman Beach on north base for the Vandenberg
community. To ensure continued access to theses beaches, observe and
read the posted signage to avoid violations and beach closure.