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SURF BEACH CLOSED...will reopen Oct. 1

Release Number: 040614

Surf Beach will be closed from June 27 to Sept. 30
due to exceeding the maximum number of violations tolerated to beach
restrictions set to protect the nests of the federally-listed Snowy Plover.

Beach restrictions are enforced yearly on Wall, Minuteman and Surf beaches
March 1 through Sept. 30, to coincide with the snowy plover's nesting
season. If a pre-determined number of violations are detected, the beaches
are to be closed for the remainder of the nesting season.

This week there were 11 violations putting the number of violations on Surf
Beach over 50, exceeding the designated number of violations.

As a federal agency, Vandenberg is required by the Federal Endangered
Species Act not only to stop the decline of federally listed species, but
also to actively aid in the recovery of those species.

"We know how important beach access is to the base and the community," said
Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander. "But as the land manager here,
I have a responsibility to uphold our obligations under the Endangered
Species Act. Closing Surf Beach is necessary to ensure the proliferation of
this threatened species during its most vulnerable moments."

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