Patrick Foy, from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, provides some insight into an issue directly impacting those who protect our resources.

“California’s parks and wildlife are some of our state’s greatest treasures. Each year millions of people enjoy our beaches, parks and forests. Fish and game wardens and park rangers are on the front lines every day protecting our precious natural resources and keeping visitors safe.

It is our privilege to protect California’s beautiful lands and animals, but our job carries risk. Like other peace officers, every day we put our lives on the line. Our risk comes not only from the possibility of conflict, but also from the environmental hazards of spending our days outdoors.

Unfortunately, California’s workers’ compensation system doesn’t presume that park rangers and fish and game wardens who contract skin cancer did so on the job. This defies common sense: We spend our days outdoors and driving in direct sun.” Read More…..