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Flying in a wildlife "preserve" ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NotARubicon, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. NotARubicon

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    I live very close to a "wildlife preserve". It's open for people/hiking but no off-road vehicles, etc.
    I know about state/national parks, but what about flying over a 'preserve'?
    (This is in California, BTW)
     
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    Contact the preserve if you have any doubts.
     
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    I was able to find the website for this particular reserve/preserve.. It's run by the county (wasnt sure who's jurisdiction it was in). The website has a rules/regulations section, and it says nothing about drones, model airplanes, UAVs, or anything above the ground.. So I assume i'm good.
     
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    Never assume - call them to be safe.
     
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    So instead of going into the preserve, I went to a giant (probably 1 mile by 1 mile or more) empty area, just a few blocks from the preserve.. After I was done flying and walking back to the Jeep a Sherrif pulls up and asks if that's my Jeep parked at the entrance and tells me I cant park there and can't be in the area because it's private property.. Then he says "why don't you just go up to the preserve and fly there?" :-0
     
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    Too funny!
     
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    I contact the local preserve in my area. No response. I then read up on this nature preserve and found they use Phantom 2's to survey the area. Now, just because they use drones don't mean the general public can, right? /shrug

    I decided not to fly in the preserve at this time due to all the birds resting up for the winter (Nor. Cal). Drones are latest tool in conservation science
     
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